Report: Rodgers Wants Out Of Green Bay
Packers Remain Committed to MVP; Won’t Trade QB
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - “No, we aren’t going to trade Aaron Rodgers.”
The Packers have no interest in trading an unhappy Aaron Rodgers, and believe the reigning NFL MVP will play for them this season. Those were the thoughts shared by General Manager Brian Gutekunst after the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night, and in response to multiple reports during the day that Rodgers is so unhappy with the Packers, he no longer wants to play for them. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Gutekunst was asked about the report that the Packers told Aaron Rodgers he’d be traded this offseason. “There’s no truth to that whatsoever. There’s a lot of false reporting going on right now, and that’s particularly one thing that never happened.”
The GM confirmed there was communication with Rodgers on Thursday.
According to Schefter, Mark Murphy, Brian Gutekunst and Matt LaFleur have all made separate trips this offseason to try and smooth the waters with their 3-time MVP quarterback. Apparently, all have had zero success. Rodgers himself has not made any public comments about this report, nor has said at all this offseason what he is looking for with his contract. Rodgers currently has the largest salary cap number in the NFL this season at $37.2 million. That number rises to $39.8 million in 2022, but the team can save about $22 million in cap space if they release Rodgers following this season.
Rodgers’s situation, which he called a beautiful mystery at the end of the 2020 season, is becoming more and more mysterious, and other teams have noticed.
Contrary to numerous reports, the Packers did not engage in any trade talks for Rodgers. And Gutekunst remains committed to his star player. “I won’t go into specifics. He’s our quarterback. He’s our leader,” Gutekunst told reporters Thursday night. “We’ve been working through this for a little while now. It may take some time … but he gives us the best chance to win and we’re going to work toward that end......I do think he’ll play for us again.”
Our On the Clock panel discussed Rodgers’s situation Wednesday night on our Cover 2: Draft Edition special. Watch:
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