The Green Bay Packers continue to struggle to navigate through the offseason due to drama around Aaron Rodgers. The star quarterback has privately aired he wants to move on from the organization after 16 seasons. The Packers have now aired additionally concerning comments that may create another uphill challenge ahead.
Aaron Rodgers wants to leave the Packers
The Packers’ offseason turned entirely upside down after Rodgers‘ lingering frustration became public.
The star quarterback’s internal issues guided him toward informing the organization he wants to play elsewhere. It marks the first time in his career he’s aired that sentiment to the Packers.
Since then, the front office remains committed to the star quarterback. General manager Brian Gutekunst has voiced he believes the fractured relationship is amendable. Head coach Matt LaFleur back that notion by stating he sees Rodgers as the long-term solution under center.
“I’ve got nothing new to update,” LaFleur said last month via NFL.com. “We still obviously feel the same way. We want him back in the worst way. I know he knows that. We’ll continue to work at it each and every day.”
Green Bay has now added another concerning wrinkle that further complicates the troubling situation.
Packers blame Aaron Rodgers for fractured relationship with fans: ‘Has divided our fan base’
The saga around Rodgers continues to drag further into the offseason, creating more internal issues.
The Packers have struggled to navigate through it despite the strong desire to keep the future Hall of Famer. Team CEO Mark Murphy recently added another concerning wrinkle in a response in a team official website’s question-and-answer column that Rodgers has created a divide among the fan base.
“The situation we face with Aaron Rodgers has divided our fan base,” Murphy wrote. “The emails and letters that I’ve received reflect this fact. As I wrote here last month, we remain committed to resolving things with Aaron and want him to be our quarterback in 2021 and beyond. We are working to resolve the situation and realize that the less both sides say publicly, the better.”
Murphy’s comments give off the sense that he’s pinning Rodgers for the growing conflict with the fan base divide. Although he didn’t air details concerning the matter, it further underlines Green Bay’s unwavering desire to retain the star quarterback.
The situation has created two conflicting sides: fans are either siding with Rodgers’ issues with the front office while others see the Packers’ vantage point through the lens of the 37-year-old making a power play to gather control. It’s a tricky path, but the organization isn’t shifting away from wanting the three-time league MVP to lead the charge in 2021 and possibly beyond.
Green Bay wants to keep its star quarterback
As weeks continue to pass, the Packers remain firm with resolving the lingering matter concerning Rodgers.
The front office is well aware of the quarterback’s deep-rooted frustrations and desire for significant internal change. Meanwhile, Rodgers has yet to venture the route of officially demanding a trade, leaving a little wiggle room to amend it all.
The 37-year-old’s heart lies with the city of Green Bay, the fan base, and his teammates. Issues arise with the decision-making and direction the front office has taken with the roster. The team’s history of transactions pushed Rodgers to a breaking point where he feels a change of scenery may be best.
It’s hard to gauge whether the Packers are willing to make the changes the star quarterback desires. If not, it may move quickly down a path where parting ways is the only option. Time will tell what will unfold in Green Bay ahead of the 2021 season.