The Green Bay Packers finally have star quarterback Aaron Rodgers back in the fold. However, Rodgers still holds lingering tension with the organization. It’s led to another telling detail involving a potential lie emerging that may have further fueled the drama in Green Bay.
Aaron Rodgers returns to the Packers
After months of uncertainty regarding his Packers’ future, Rodgers made his return.
Since the NFC championship game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the star quarterback stayed away from the team. Rodgers’ return almost didn’t happen until Green Bay ramped up talks with the star quarterback last week.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported his reworked deal includes voiding the 2023 year, agreeing to review the situation at the end of the 2021 season, and mechanisms to address the star quarterback’s issues with the team. In other words, the Packers handed over Rodgers significant control of his future beyond this upcoming campaign.
In his first press conference on Wednesday, Rodgers voiced his lingering issues with the franchise ranging from treatment of veteran players to his lack of involvement in recruiting talent. The 37-year-old spewed out all that he withheld the last several months to clarify his fractured standing with the Packers’ front office.
“I just expressed my desire to be more involved in conversations directly affecting my job,” Rodgers said via Packers Central. “Also, I wanted to help the organization maybe learn from some of the mistakes in the past, in my opinion, about the way some of the outgoing veterans were treated, and just the fact that we didn’t retain a number of players that I felt like were core players to our foundation, our locker room, high-character guys.”
Now another detail has emerged that sheds light on why Rodgers’ relationship with the organization deteriorated.
The Packers’ blatant lie to Aaron Rodgers may have created a fractured relationship
The awkward situation Rodgers finds himself in definitively lays out his unhappiness in Green Bay.
The three-time league MVP isn’t seeing eye to eye with the front office. It also doesn’t help that the organization hasn’t been transparent through its communication. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the star quarterback believes the team told him that they would trade him early in the offseason.
It’s a lofty promise, but one that Rodgers believed the front office would follow through on its word. Instead, the team stuck pat with him without truly considering any trade scenarios. The Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders could have become serious bidders, but things never progressed beyond speculation.
Meanwhile, reports emerged that the Packers’ asking price centered on three first-round picks and a second-round selection, which likely scared away any interested team. It’s fair to assess all that may have only further fueled the internal tension between both sides.
Rodgers may be back in the fold, but it only leads to an inevitable path toward a departure.
Green Bay set for an all-or-nothing 2021 season
Rodgers may be back to lead the Packers for the 2021 season, but plenty of uncertainty remains.
Green Bay’s decision to agree to the star quarterback’s contractual terms sets the table for an all-or-nothing campaign. In other words, the organization is putting all its focus toward this season to make the most out of Rodgers’ remaining time.
The Packers can see the writing on the wall as Rodgers now dictates his NFL future after 2021. At the same time, Green Bay is lined up to make another deep playoff push, especially after reaching back-to-back NFC title games.
The outside noise will continue to linger, but until next offseason, the attention is solely directed toward competing for Super Bowl 56.