The Green Bay Packers have a massive lingering problem regarding star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Packers continue to struggle to amend the fractured standing. With that in mind, it appears the root of the internal issues may indirectly lie with Tom Brady.
Aaron Rodgers voices he wants out of Green Bay
The Packers continue to navigate through to never-ending saga around Rodgers.
The 37-year-old aired that he wants a change of scenery, but that hasn’t shifted the front office toward exploring the trade market. Instead, Green Bay has repeatedly publicly voiced its commitment to the star quarterback.
Since Rodgers’ private frustration became public knowledge, he hasn’t moved from his firm position. He holds an unwavering desire to play for another team or see massive change with the Packers.
However, another motivating factor that involves a fellow future Hall of Famer may be what’s fueling the preference to play elsewhere.
The Packers can blame Tom Brady for Aaron Rodgers’ frustration
It’s no secret that Rodgers is quite unhappy with the Packers.
Since he privately aired his desire to move on, various details have emerged. During a recent appearance on The Adam Schefter Podcast, NBC Sports’ Mike Trico voiced that Tom Brady’s success with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has influenced Rodgers.
“I think they saw Tom Brady go somewhere and the people around him were placed there to maximize success, and said, ‘Look, that can be me.’ In both situations, that’s been some of the issues around both teams,” Tirico said via The New York Post.
“The people around Aaron Rodgers… maybe they wanted to be in that mode. And maybe it hit home because it happened in their backyard.
Brady saw the tea leaves developing with the New England Patriots and left as soon as he could in free agency. He quickly found a promising situation that resulted in his seventh Super Bowl win.
Rodgers likely saw all that as further proof that he needs a change of scenery to get where he wants. Brady controls his NFL future while playing with a franchise committed to winning now instead of building for later.
The three-time league MVP isn’t benefitting from that game plan in Green Bay. Instead, the franchise moved up to take a quarterback in the first round of last year’s draft and hasn’t added more offensive playmakers. In other words, Rodgers now clearly sees his situation for what it is.
Green Bay will dictate how it unfolds
Rodgers may want to leave Green Bay, but that decision remains out of his hands.
The 37-year-old is under contract for the next three seasons, while his dead cap hit drastically decreases in the final two years. Rodgers holds only a $17.2 million cap hit in 2022 and roughly $2.8 million in 2023.
Those factors alone further shift the control toward Green Bay, fueling the future Hall of Famer’s disgruntlement. Recent reports indicate the front office has offered Rodgers a lucrative extension, but the lack of movement toward that demonstrates much more needs fixing first.
Meanwhile, the 37-year-old hasn’t given the franchise an ultimatum, leaving the door open to amend the fractured standing. Time will tell if the Packers can prove to their star quarterback that they can provide him the respect and security he strongly desires.
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