The saga around Aaron Rodgers’ standing with the Green Bay Packers recently took another concerning turn. The three-time league MVP aired his desire to depart from the franchise due to lingering internal friction built over the last several months. The chatter led down a rough path that the Packers swiftly worked to halt a troubling rumor.
Aaron Rodgers privately voices a strong desire to leave the Packers
Hours before the first round of the 2021 NFL draft, things around the Packers quickly turned upside down concerning Aaron Rodgers.
A report surfaced that he informed a few teammates and members within the organization that he didn’t want to play for Green Bay anymore. It adds another troubling twist to the saga that continues to remain unresolved.
Since the Packers elected to take Jordan Love in the first round of last year’s draft, Rodgers’ contract situation hasn’t changed. The 37-year-old attempted to garner an extension in January after the team’s playoff exit but it didn’t lead to any significant traction.
Rodgers’ current contract runs through the 2023 season but features decreasing dead cap hits in the final two years of the deal. The Packers hold only a $17.2 million cap hit in 2021 and $2.8 million in 2023.
However, Green Bay has continued to vocally back Rodgers as their clear-cut future under center for the next few years. All those factors have led the Packers to swiftly shut down a concerning rumor.
Packers quickly reject a damaging rumor around Aaron Rodgers
Since chatter shifted to Rodgers’ strong desire to leave the Packers, several other details emerged.
One of which centers on a report from Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports outlining that the three-time league MVP wants general manager Brian Gutekunst fired. Gutekunst didn’t take long to respond to the rumor as he quickly shot down that notion.
“Aaron hasn’t said anything like that to me and certainly hasn’t said anything publicly,” Gutekunst said via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “I think that’s a little unfair to put that on him. Certainly don’t like to hear those things, but no, nothing’s been communicated directly to me.”
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to see Gutekunst deny that talk as it would publicly put the Packers in a tough spot. Even if it were true, any confirmation would place added pressure on the franchise to resolve the matter.
Meanwhile, the Packers continue to publicly voice that they hold no desire to move their star quarterback. There are also recent rumblings that the franchise offered him an extension, but they have not heard a response.
Regardless of Rodgers’ feelings toward the front office, it’s quite apparent that he wants some massive change in Green Bay.
Green Bay controls the situation
The recent development around the matter has put the Packers in a concerning spot ahead of the 2021 season.
Rodgers reportedly has gone as far as threatening retirement if the Packers don’t create massive internal change. It’s the first time he has taken this extreme measure in his career, but it speaks to his desire to dictate the chapter of his career.
The 37-year-old wanted to finish out his playing days in Green Bay, but the front office hasn’t done anything to suggest that the opportunity will be there. The Packers have since drafted a quarterback, while their efforts toward adding offensive talent are lackluster.
Time will tell if Rodgers remains firm in his stance, but it’s an urgent situation that Green Bay must quickly address this offseason.