“It’s about character”: Aaron Rodgers opens up about situation with Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers appeared on ESPN late Monday night, making it the first time he spoke publicly after reports surfaced during the offseason that he was disgruntled with the team, and wanted out of Green Bay. Another report surfaced afterwards saying Rodgers wanted Brian Gutekunst out as the team’s General Manager.
Rodgers said he was only there because it was host Kenny Mayne’s final show.
The appearance on the show comes on the same day Rodgers did not appear for the team’s voluntary organized team activities (OTA’s), which started Monday. He typically is among the players attending the activities.
During the interview, Rodgers congratulated Mayne on his career. Before that, however, he expressed praise for his teammates and the coaches.
“With my situation, look it’s never been about the draft pick, picking Jordan, I love Jordan; he’s a great kid. We’ve had a lot of fun to work together. Love the coaching staff, love my teammates, love the fan base in Green Bay. An incredible 16 years. It’s just kind of about a philosophy and maybe forgetting that it is about the people that make the thing go. It’s about character, it’s about culture, it’s about doing things the right way,” Rodgers said. “A lot of this was put in motion last year, and the wrench was just kind of thrown into it when I won MVP and played the way I played last year.”
This is just kind of, I think, a spill-out of all that.”
Rodgers also did not participate in Phase One or Phase Two. As ESPN’s and Cover 2 contributor Rob Demovsky has previously noted, Rodgers has a $500,000 workout bonus in his contract, but his absence on Monday suggests he’s okay gambling that in favor of his future in Green Bay.
Sunday night an Instagram video posted by musician Akoni showed Rodgers and his fiancé Shailene Woodley in Hawaii. Packers OTAs are open to the media on Tuesday.
The next big milestone in the Rodgers’ situation is Mandatory Minicamp which is June 8-10.
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