Aaron Rodgers: Just have to trust the process

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A report on Tuesday indicated that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is frustrated by some of what’s gone on in Green Bay this offseason because the team has not gauged his feelings about moves including the release of wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

Rodgers’ feelings became a topic for his first media session of the offseason program later on Tuesday. As he did in a radio interview last week, Rodgers said that Nelson’s departure was a tough one for him because of how close the two players had become over the years.

He also said that he understands his role on the team is to play quarterback and that he has to “trust the process” that leads to team decisions.

“This process works, and it has worked for [head coach] Mike [McCarthy] for a number of years,” Rodgers said, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Obviously, that’s why he’s still here in his 13th season. We’ve had a lot of success here, and just got to trust the process.”

One part of the process in Green Bay over the next year or so will be a possible contract extension for Rodgers. He said on Tuesday that there’s interest on both sides about getting something done, but Rodgers’ reaction to moves made elsewhere in the building will continue to be under the microscope until that interest turns into an actual deal.

78 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: Just have to trust the process

  1. In 5 years or less….. “Trust the process”… will be something everyone looks back at and laughs…It’s the catch phrase of the day.

  2. Damage control! LOL

    Don’t worry Aaron when Belichick was asked one time what Tom Brady thought about a certain player leaving, his EXACT answer was “Tom Brady doesn’t make personnel decisions”…

  3. I hope they give him a new contract to further destroy their horrible cap situation. But if I were them I’d let him play it out for 2 years, franchise him twice and develope a new QB in that time.

  4. There was not one thing in Aaron’s interview that implied he was unhappy and / or disgruntled with Green Bay organization. For one, the guy said he missed his friend Jordy. But he understood the business side of the game. And he also said being the top paid player isn’t what it is all about to him. If you listen to the interview – he is not unhappy one bit.

  5. oh man, he cant hide his bitterness anymore.. hey Rodgers, ur making only 2 million more per year than case keenum, and the same as sam Bradford…how does that grab you?

  6. front office knew that AR would not be happy, but also knew they had to move on from a declining Nelson. Most overpaid WR core in the NFL if Cobb and Adams dont perform they will be on the chopping block next.. then to the LBs, cant hang on to nostalgia in today’s NFL and expect to be competitive.

  7. The FO at 1265 has failed Rodgers so many times it’s become the norm.

    They need to do the right thing & trade him to Cleveland for a big haul before the draft.

    The Packers aren’t going anywhere with the mediocre roster Ted Thompson has put together with his failing health. This is the end of Favre all over again, with a Ted disciple running the show looking to cement his legacy.

  8. Interesting that the reports of this aren’t seen as the Pack becoming a dumpster, or in open revolt or the end of an era/dynasty, but merely (at most) a possibly selfish Rodgers overstepping his mark. Whereas over in NE, in the absense of any comments by Brady but the mere wild theory that he MIGHT be peeved about the Butler benching, it’s seen as undeniable “proof” the evil empire is toast.

  9. .
    If one were to agree that Aaron Rogers and Tom Brady are equivalent QBs, then the obvious question would be, “Why have the Patriots consistently had better supporting personnel and outperformed the Packers?”
    .

  10. terripet says:

    April 17, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    At least you are the best quarterback in the nfl

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    He most certainly wasn’t last year.

  11. Classic case of media stirring the pot. Totally out of context. They do the same with the Brady / Belichek situation. Nothing to see here folks. New England is fine. The Packers are fine. Its a business.

  12. This is the kind of coverage every media outlet gives to teams leading up to the draft. Simply fishing for a story, trying to spark some sort of controversy. Rodgers knows he’s not in personal, so does ESPN, PFT, and NFL Network. Leave it alone, nothing to see or hear here.

  13. There isn’t one other QB in NFL history that has had to carry a franchise on their backs as much as this guy has. 313 TD passes to only 78 int’s, career 104 qb rating, that’s insane!!! Anyone who questions if this guy is the best of all time clearly either doesn’t watch football, doesn’t understand football, is a Patriots homer or is one of those “wins is a QB stat” people who don’t believe football is a team sport. This should not even be an argument at this point.

  14. Love Rodgers, but he needs to stop talking he’s about to cause a problem before the season even starts. Like when Ryan Fitzpatrick was in the media throwing temper tantrums because the Jets wouldn’t give him 20 million a year, it caused a lot of problems with some of the team and isolated some teammates. Now, Rodgers probably has enough clout to do complain unlike Fitz but it could still happen.

    I could understand if their GM was Brandon Beane who traded away almost their whole roster, basically telegraphing what they were about to do during the regular season, just to get snookered by the Jets GM and defend that by going in front of reporters and ripping another teams front office like he did today. Gutenkunst shouldn’t be facing any internal pressure, he’s done a fine job.

  15. The only team that has won more than 1 Super Bowl between 2011 and 2017 is New England. They are the only team that has demonstrated that their “process” works.

  16. Dak Prescott said pretty much the same thing about Dez leaving the Cowboys and everyone was fine with that. Of course that article was written without any spin. ANY article on PFT about Rodgers OR Brady is always spun into some kind of problem, distraction, schism, revolt, unrest, or whatever else.

    Hey I get it, Josh. If you can get the purples (or the blind Pats haters) hopping, which is all too easy, there will be more (garbage) discussion, which leads to more clicks, which leads to more ad revenue. Unfortunately, the purples (and the blind Pats haters) can’t seem to wise up and they just keep taking the bait. The rest of us though, we see it just fine.

  17. All I’m learning from these Rodgers-centric storylines is the fear creeping into the minds of Viking fans. You can smell it.

  18. Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 17, 2018 at 1:38 pm
    I hope they give him a new contract to further destroy their horrible cap situation. But if I were them I’d let him play it out for 2 years, franchise him twice and develope a new QB in that time.

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    Horrible cap situation? I feel sorry for you.

  19. I’m a Packers fan and it seems in recent off seasons Aaron has felt the need to throw some subtle darts at the front office and, while going to bat for teammates is good, it also shows is a complete lack of understanding of how to manage the cap. That’s why you keep players out of it. Or, tell Aaron and his agent that we’ll pay Jordy and bring him back and sign the other guys you want so long as you agree that there’s only so much to go around so you’re going to have to take less too. Check his response to that.

  20. I love all this controversy — which is just more fodder for the media and the fans. Aaron Rodgers is a fine QB and he’ll be the Packers QB going forward. Every QB who has ever played has seen guys they love to have on their team leave because of one reason or another. It’s just the way it is. Just recently, we saw Dallas cut Dez Bryant, and Dak Prescott wasn’t thrilled with that move. And Drew Brees wasn’t happy when the Saints traded Jimmy Graham away. So this is nothing new.
    The bottom line is, Rodgers is the consummate pro and he’ll be out there giving it his all no matter who he lines up with. So whether he’s happy or not about moves the Packers have made or will make, he knows his job is to play QB.

  21. stellarperformance says:

    April 17, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    All I’m learning from these Rodgers-centric storylines is the fear creeping into the minds of Viking fans. You can smell it.
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    little late to the party I see!!!

  22. “Is it just me or is Rodgers slowly becoming a prima donna?”
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    Slowly??

  23. @Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 17, 2018 at 1:38 pm
    I hope they give him a new contract to further destroy their horrible cap situation
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    Packers 16 million under the caps, but you keep on trying.

  24. truthsayer317 says:
    April 17, 2018 at 1:30 pm
    Is it just me or is Rodgers slowly becoming a prima donna?

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    Its just you.

  25. “This process works, and it has worked for [head coach] Mike [McCarthy] for a number of years,” Rodgers said, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Obviously, that’s why he’s still here in his 13th season. We’ve had a lot of success here, and just got to trust the process.”
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    Does anyone here think that Rodgers is unaware of the fact that “the process” doesn’t work at all if he isn’t the quarterback? This is the kind of statement you make in public to send a message to the people who know he isn’t happy.

  26. GB needs to retool like the Pats. Unfortunately, for Rodgers it would cost GB zero in dead cap to get of him unlike Brady. It would cost NE $14 million in dead cap. Now, if he’s leading a revolt, the owner would have to say bye. Cut off the head of the revolt.

  27. Stirring the pot? Thats what they said when rumors started to fly about Favre years ago. I think whats happened here is Packers fans are getting very nervous and for good reason. The ONLY ones who know the whole story are those in the locker room and organization nobody else.

    There has to be a little truth to the rumor, even if it is as small as the eye of a needle. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out and how much number 1 2 is gonna get. Packer organization better had move post haste on this. Or are they waiting to see how that shoulder and is play is this year before committing to a big deal?

    Either way the man will get paid either in Green Bay or somewhere else, I know I wouldn’t want to wait two years to get a deal done be it the player or the organization. I still think he winds up with the Pats after Brady exits, it would be a perfect fit. Packers letting Jordy go is basically saying, we are making changes Aaron and you maybe next.

    Who knows? Time will tell.

  28. @Rob Brzezinski is a Magician

    I think you are reaching and hoping again that Rodgers isn’t happy.

    I will say that if the Packers do not have a good year, that McCarthy will be gone. Rodgers has a lot left and will be the Packers starting QB for at least the next 5 years.

  29. “I hope they give him a new contract to further destroy their horrible cap situation.”

    A simple search of the internet would have led you to current cap numbers for all teams. The Packers are currently 15th in total available cap with $13,886,197 to spend.

    So no, they are not in a “horrible cap situation”

  30. Everything Rodgers does is analyzed to death. He smiles during warm ups and it’s a story. Tom Brady gets the same treatment.
    Because fans are interested. Because the are both that good!
    But their careers show, in different ways, that teams win rings, not HoF quarterbacks. Not even the best to ever lace ’em up.

  31. First of all, there was no “report on Tuesday.” It was an opinion-piece citing an unnamed source and written by a Viking homer! Click-bait. And it’s working! It’s like a feeding frenzy for Viking trolls.

  32. Has another franchise done more to waste the prime of a HOF QB than the Packers have with Rodgers? He’s about to break every contract record and they still haven’t gotten much of a supporting cast around him. Does he really think they will AFTER he’s making $35mil a year? No other QB has been asked to do more with less than Rodgers has. It’s sad really

  33. irishgary says:
    April 17, 2018 at 2:49 pm
    @Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 17, 2018 at 1:38 pm
    I hope they give him a new contract to further destroy their horrible cap situation
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    Packers 16 million under the caps, but you keep on trying.

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    Serious question, how are they only 16 mill under the cap? Who is getting that $ other than Rodgers? They have marginal talent on D, no RB, they have cut all their lineman who were looking for $ the last few years, so who are they paying the rest of their cap to?

  34. Here are two points to ponder, Aaron Rodgers/Tom Brady are the two best QB’s in the NFL. Second, this is a fact, the Minnesota Vikings squandered two 1st round draft picks while Rodgers waited in the Green Room.

    Now look at all the Viking posters on this story and ask them if they didn’t blow it by not drafting him.

  35. just once I would like to go to this site and not have to sift through all of the packer trolls fighting and talk some real football with real fans…..

  36. “I hope they give him a new contract to further destroy their horrible cap situation.”

    And jealousy rears its ugly head. You wish you had this problem. GB will have plenty of cap room after this year when Clay Matthews and/or Randall Cobb and/or Brian Bulaga are extended or replaced.

    At least GB’s cap issues are b/c they have enough good players to extend at decent salaries and not b/c they wasted money on guys who are overpaid the first day or two of free agency.

  37. ” Not even the best to ever lace ’em up.”

    Aaron Rodgers can do so many things Tom Brady cannot do. Rodgers career passer rating is higher, by a decent number than Brady. If Rodgers had played on those N.E. teams, and played in that ne’er-do-well division and conference, he’d have another ring or 2 or 3.

  38. This is a franchise where you can count on one hand how many decent free agents they’ve brought in over the last 15 years. Woodson and Peppers and both of them were supposed to be at the end of their careers, but overachieved.

    Favre only got one title. Rodgers appears headed that way as well, but it seems pretty hard to put the blame on them for that when the team doesn’t spend money on free agents.

  39. @getadealdonealready

    Matthews, Daniels, Cobb and Adams. Matthews may still end up being a casualty this year or maybe a team friendly extension.

  40. There isn’t one other QB in NFL history that has had to carry a franchise on their backs as much as this guy has.
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    John Elway got to 3 Super Bowls with far less talent.

    Dan Marino carried similar types of teams for a longer period of time.

    .. Rodgers had extremely talented skill players on offense through 2014.

    There isn’t a more talented or efficient QB, but that’s not the same as a great QB carrying a bad team.

  41. thegreatjimbrown says:
    April 17, 2018 at 3:36 pm
    At least GB’s cap issues are b/c they have enough good players to extend at decent salaries and not b/c they wasted money on guys who are overpaid the first day or two of free agency.

    Where were all those “good players” last year?? They all seemed to disappear with AR’s trip to the IR.

  42. Matthews, Daniels, Cobb and Adams. Matthews may still end up being a casualty this year or maybe a team friendly extension.
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    Adams re-signed in December.

    Daniels has 2 years left on his deal.

    .. Cobb should have been cut as opposed to Jordy.

  43. I have good friends who were co-workers and who left for various reasons (involuntarily or for more money) and wound up with competitors in the same industry. I was not involved in the decisions that resulted in their leaving. That’s how the real world works, Aaron.

    Full disclosure: I’m a Packers season ticket holder.

  44. Favre had the best season of his career in Minnesota. The best season of his career should’ve been enough to win a SuperBowl, when you consider all his many very good seasons. It’s not that easy.

  45. Where were all those “good players” last year?? They all seemed to disappear with AR’s trip to the IR.
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    Hard to tell.

    The “highly successful” head coach didn’t have the backup QB ready to play.

  46. Favre had the best season of his career in Minnesota.
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    Wrong.

    Any season, 1995-1997.

    ’95 he led the League in passing yards (also his career best) td passes, and was 2nd in passer rating and yds/att

    That Vikings team may have been the most talented offense he played with though. I’ll give you that.

  47. stellarperformance says:
    April 17, 2018 at 2:38 pm
    All I’m learning from these Rodgers-centric storylines is the fear creeping into the minds of Viking fans. You can smell it

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    No fear whatsoever creeping into this Viking fan mind, I believe what your smelling is your cheese curds backing up on you.

  48. Trust the process Aaron?

    What’s up with you? You got the guys you wanted in the front office.
    Most people would be happy with getting what they wanted.

    But not King Aaron.

    This is going to get ugly.

  49. Here is the thing. The landscape is changing in regards to contracts and poor little Aaron got bit on signing a really long term deal. He will get tagged in 2020 and possibly 2021. They aren’t going to redo it because if they do they will end up paying a lot more money in the long run. Nobody is going to pay him big money for a quarterback in decline that is old in 2022. Sorry, Erin…that’s the process you signed up for.

  50. Never gon’ win another SB in Green Bay. On the Open Market, Mister Rodgers could fetch a King’s Ransom. But it’s not about the money like it was for Carson Palmer, huh (wink!)

  51. I love watching our little purple pals scramble in desperation. Their big “dynasty” has come and gone… again… without having won anything. Even the “Childress Dynasty” outperformed the “Zimmer Dynasty.” Let that sink in.

  52. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    April 17, 2018 at 4:55 pm
    I love watching our little purple pals scramble in desperation. Their big “dynasty” has come and gone… again… without having won anything. Even the “Childress Dynasty” outperformed the “Zimmer Dynasty.” Let that sink in

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    Let what sink in? What big dynasty? What is the childress dynasty? Pack fan is really having a hard time seeing the Viking roster so strong while the pack roster is, well you know, garbage.

  53. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    April 17, 2018 at 2:29 pm
    Dak Prescott said pretty much the same thing about Dez leaving the Cowboys and everyone was fine with that. Of course that article was written without any spin. ANY article on PFT about Rodgers OR Brady is always spun into some kind of problem, distraction, schism, revolt, unrest, or whatever else

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    Are you saying that the dak/dez relationship is the same as Rodgers/Nelson?

  54. Big Vikes fan here and because of that a true Pack hater but Aaron Rodgers is a top 3 QB in this league and the only reason McCarthy has his job is because AR is the QB. I’m sensing AR is getting tired of carrying the whole team on his back and making the head coach look good.

  55. The real process is currently making guaranteed super max money in Philly. Good luck Aaron but all you can do is hope the team will do the right thing.

  56. flviking says:
    April 17, 2018 at 5:06 pm
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    April 17, 2018 at 4:55 pm
    I love watching our little purple pals scramble in desperation. Their big “dynasty” has come and gone… again… without having won anything. Even the “Childress Dynasty” outperformed the “Zimmer Dynasty.” Let that sink in

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    Let what sink in? What big dynasty? What is the childress dynasty? Pack fan is really having a hard time seeing the Viking roster so strong while the pack roster is, well you know, garbage.

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    What big dynasties… ? The ones you purples keep proclaiming… and about which you keep being so utterly, horribly, almost tragically, wrong. I’m not going to do the search for you this time… anybody that reads this site on any kind of regular basis knows all about your great “dynasties.” Anyone else can do the search for themselves. We’re already into the “Cousins Dynasty” and he hasn’t played a down for the Vikings.

    As always, just the facts… simple and easily verified by anyone that needs to.

  57. flviking says:
    April 17, 2018 at 5:42 pm
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    April 17, 2018 at 2:29 pm
    Dak Prescott said pretty much the same thing about Dez leaving the Cowboys and everyone was fine with that. Of course that article was written without any spin. ANY article on PFT about Rodgers OR Brady is always spun into some kind of problem, distraction, schism, revolt, unrest, or whatever else

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    Are you saying that the dak/dez relationship is the same as Rodgers/Nelson?

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    Nope. I’m saying exactly what I wrote and nothing else. I was obviously correct… look at how many of your brethren are in here hopping right next to you.

  58. irishgary says:
    April 17, 2018 at 2:49 pm
    @Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 17, 2018 at 1:38 pm
    I hope they give him a new contract to further destroy their horrible cap situation
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    Packers 16 million under the caps, but you keep on trying.
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    They got that money by shipping your best D back and cutting Hollywood Rodgers’ best buddy and fan favorite. Congratulations.

  59. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    April 17, 2018 at 6:18 pm
    flviking says:
    April 17, 2018 at 5:06 pm
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    April 17, 2018 at 4:55 pm
    I love watching our little purple pals scramble in desperation. Their big “dynasty” has come and gone… again… without having won anything. Even the “Childress Dynasty” outperformed the “Zimmer Dynasty.” Let that sink in

    ////////////////////////

    Let what sink in? What big dynasty? What is the childress dynasty? Pack fan is really having a hard time seeing the Viking roster so strong while the pack roster is, well you know, garbage.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    What big dynasties… ? The ones you purples keep proclaiming… and about which you keep being so utterly, horribly, almost tragically, wrong. I’m not going to do the search for you this time… anybody that reads this site on any kind of regular basis knows all about your great “dynasties.” Anyone else can do the search for themselves. We’re already into the “Cousins Dynasty” and he hasn’t played a down for the Vikings.

    As always, just the facts… simple and easily verified by anyone that needs to.

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    Oops sorry, you’re the crazy one. I apologize and retract what I said, as I slowly step back away from the keyboard.

  60. I would like to thank everyone for their participation yesterday. To PFT for the fine journalism, to Viking trolls for their sense of humor and to Packer trolls for their frustration and crying. At fun day all in all.

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