The Green Bay Packers have struggled to handle the tension around star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The three-time MVP wants out, but the Packers haven’t budged from retaining him. With all that in mind, Hall of Fame general manager Ron Wolf has verbally blasted Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers’ uncertain future with the Packers
The saga around Rodgers continues to take a winding path south.
The steady shift toward this sentiment comes after months of indecisiveness from the organization. Green Bay has long held the opportunity to work out an extension but chose not to go that route.
It’s reached a point where Rodgers believes a change of scenery could give him greater control over the next chapter of his career. Meanwhile, the front office has attempted to navigate the rough waters, but nothing has changed from the star quarterback’s end.
A former Packers general manager has now taken a verbal shot at the star quarterback.
Former Packers GM Ron Wolf blasts Aaron Rodgers: ‘We have a lot of divas playing in the league’
Since the news broke that Rodgers wants out of Green Bay, many have given their perspective.
The sentiment has primarily been favorable toward the 37-year-old due to the front office’s approach. However, Hall of Famer and former Packers general manager Ron Wolf bashed Rodgers along with Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson.
“We have a lot of divas playing in the league right now,” Wolf said on the NFL Today via Daniel Plocher of Big Show Network. “I fail to understand that all these guys have long-term deals. I can’t believe the game has changed that remarkably.”
Wolf’s comments center on the quarterbacks already possessing long-term deals but desiring more control. Each player already commands lucrative contracts that run through the next three seasons.
However, these star players view the long-term picture of their respective situations as not lining up with the desired direction. The Packers aren’t showing Rodgers the type of respect and commitment his play should command.
He’s been the leading factor that continues to push Green Bay into more than playoff contention. Meanwhile, Wilson is in a similar boat with the Seattle Seahawks, leaning on him to carry the franchise but not providing him the necessary protection upfront.
Before Watson’s legal mess, the Texans’ front office struggled to find a team that can compete around him. It’s hard to label these quarterbacks as divas, but the organization holds the ultimate control, and these players want to receive back some of that.
Can Green Bay fix the fractured relationship?
Wolf’s strong comments aside, it’s quite evident that Green Bay hasn’t done enough to keep Rodgers committed.
After moving up in last year’s draft to take Jordan Love in the first round, the Packers didn’t exactly embrace the three-time league MVP as the long-term future. The selection put the seed of doubt in Rodgers’ mind that his time with the organization will end sooner than he wants.
Instead of sulking, Rodgers earned the 2020 MVP award while voicing his unwavering desire to remain in Green Bay for the rest of his career. The front office didn’t reciprocate his sentiment until after this offseason.
Rodgers’ pivot toward wanting out has shifted the Packers into high gear with a strong public verbal commitment. The question remains, is it too little too late to fix it?