Aaron Rodgers doesn’t seem to be feeling very valued

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It’s a good thing Aaron Rodgers is hanging out with the Dalai Lama this offseason, because when he thinks about work, he doesn’t exactly seem to be at peace.

Via Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin, the Packers quarterback lobbed another subtle volley toward his own organization, after one of his favorite targets (Jordy Nelson) and coaches (Alex Van Pelt) were sent packing.

“I think it’s pretty clear that players play and coaches coach and personnel people make their decisions,” Rodgers said during a radio interview. “That’s the way they want it.”

Nelson was released and signed with the Raiders, and Van Pelt was let go as part of a major staff overhaul. And even though he’s the best quarterback in the league, Rodgers is realizing that doesn’t mean he’s going to get his way. Nelson said after he was released that he was “hurt” by the way the Packers treated him, and it seems he’s not the only one.

“It’s the tough part of the business; when you get close to guys and spend a lot of time with them and play with them a long time and [you’re] not able to finish up with them,” Rodgers said. “Jordy and I had a really good feel for each other and obviously made a lot of plays over the years.”

It’s not the first time Rodgers has gone the passive-aggressive route with the Packers, registering his feelings about the Van Pelt move early in the process. And they did invest in a major target for him, signing tight end Jimmy Graham in free agency.

But at a time when the Packers want to extend Rodgers contract — which should make him the highest-paid player in the league — the reality is they’re dealing with someone who has some reservations about the process, and is willing to let his concerns seep out a little at a time.

82 responses to “Aaron Rodgers doesn’t seem to be feeling very valued

  1. Those comments don’t come to the conclusion you suggested. He’s speaking from an NFL standpoint. He can and may be upset about the moves but it’s part of the biz. He’s a pro and gets it. Why does every player taking an interview have to be taking a shot. At some point the guys are just answering the same stupid question they get asked in every interview. Nothing to see, move on.

  2. Rogers is NOT the best QB in the league, he is ONE of the best in the league. TB12 is the best in the league and I’m a Steelers fan.

  3. AR has two years left on his contract.

    He’ll be 35 in December.

    Make him play out his contract; place a tag on him; and then dump him.

    Time for someone new in GB.

  4. “Make him play out his contract; place a tag on him; and then dump him. Time for someone new in GB”

    LOL, like that washed up, old Drew Brees fella, right? Fact is, old does not equate to no longer being an effective QB in the NFL. It’s the young QBs who are far less effective.

  5. Jordy did nothing to help Hundley after Rodgers went down. Hundley doesn’t seem like a long term answer but Jordy could have worked with him more.

  6. nhpats says:

    April 11, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Aaron is valued like a guy with 1 SB win…..just like Trent Dilfer.
    ////////////////////////////////

    sad but true!!!

  7. This guy is a very talented big baby. He has a complaint about everything. He needs to realize that there is a big difference between management and labor. He’s labor.

  8. The NFL is a business made up of a group of team owners. AR is an employee. A highly skilled employee,but still an employee. They pay him and tell him what to do, not the other way around. No one is irreplaceable. If AR wants to call all the shots, he should buy a team and run it. Get over yourself.

  9. Hes right..players play, coaches coach…this isnt a democracy. Now, Pack need lock him up w a new contract for a LONG time. wish my vikes had him. we always use packer scraps. skol?

  10. Take $15 million a year, build the team around him and compete for super bowls….
    It’s not like its his first big contract..

  11. If TB12 was on a team coached by Mike McCarthy and Dom Capers he wouldn’t even make it to the Super Bowl.

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    Florioismyhero says:
    April 11, 2018 at 11:16 am
    Rogers is NOT the best QB in the league, he is ONE of the best in the league. TB12 is the best in the league and I’m a Steelers fan.

  12. This guy is a Hollywood Type. He is from CA. The other option that no one is talking about is that he may be laying the foundation for getting out of GB. He may want to finish up in LA or somewhere warm and is trying not to look like the bad guy in the process.

  13. I never liked it when the companies I’ve worked for would change personnel without asking my opinion either. Welcome to the real world. If he wants to play for the Packers, great. If he doesn’t, next man up. If they never win another championship, I’m good. Not too many fans of too many teams can say that and mean it.

  14. Feeling un-appreciated by your employer????

    HHHHMMMMMM…..May want to reach out and console with the other QB that was there before you.

  15. Did anyone calling Rodgers a diva/complainer actually read the comments?

    Didn’t think so.

  16. Mr. Passive aggressive is good at giving his teammates the stink eye and throwing his coaches under the bus. Why should it be any different with the front office? He won’t be satisfied until he eats what’s little left of Green Bay’s cap. 90 million guaranteed for 3 years minimum. He only cares about Jordy not taking away from his new contract.

  17. “tremoluxman says:
    April 11, 2018 at 11:48 am
    The NFL is a business made up of a group of team owners. AR is an employee. A highly skilled employee,but still an employee. They pay him and tell him what to do, not the other way around. No one is irreplaceable. If AR wants to call all the shots, he should buy a team and run it. Get over yourself.”

    —–

    By all means, say this after a few games with Deshone Kizer as your starting QB.

  18. fm31970 says:
    April 11, 2018 at 11:31 am

    “Make him play out his contract; place a tag on him; and then dump him. Time for someone new in GB”

    LOL, like that washed up, old Drew Brees fella, right? Fact is, old does not equate to no longer being an effective QB in the NFL. It’s the young QBs who are far less effective.
    ———————————————————————————
    How many times have you seen Brees get hit get? how many times have you seen Brees run or roll out? theres a reason Brees gets rid of the ball and doesnt run, Rodgers has broken his collar bone twice on roll outs and runs.

  19. Aaron knows the team is turning their back on him. Aaron is on the decline. Soon the Packers will kick Aaron to the curb.

  20. Rogers is NOT the best QB in the league, he is ONE of the best in the league. TB12 is the best in the league and I’m a Steelers fan.

    ———-

    Why? Because he has more rings? I guarantee if Brady and Rodgers switched teams Rodgers would have just as many rings as Brady.

    The Patriots are world’s better ran as a franchise. Brady has had the luxury of top defenses, good offensive line play, countless huge FA signings (Randy moss anyone? ) Also he has probably the best TE in the history of the nfl and a better running game.

    The Packers have been near the bottom of the league in defense. Their receivers are good because of Rodgers, when they go somewhere else they don’t perform as well. Also the Packers have had barely anything of a running game.

    Brady might go down as the greatest QB of all time, but currently Rodgers is better. He just is. He made 4 Hail Mary’s in one year. The packers have a very weak roster but make the playoffs each year practically.

    Rodgers is the best QB in the league currently. And I’m a Vikings fan!

  21. No quarterback has done more with less than Aaron Rodgers. It’s a shame he’s not given the kind of respect he deserves/is owed by the organization that would be a 10-12 loss team without him each year. QBs like Rodgers, Brees, Brady and Ben deserve the right to have an opinion on where a franchise is going.

  22. He is a heck of a QB with 1 super bowl ring…. in 17 playoff games he is 10 & 7

    So he does win, But is he truly the best….Nope…. TB12 has that claim

  23. No situation anywhere is perfect. Ask Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. All this talk doesn’t matter. Come the next gameday, thats all that matters. And guys like those always deliver.

  24. It is interesting that the Packers organization isn’t more careful about catering to Rodgers wants & needs. They got an up close & personal look at what their team looks like without him last season. He is the team. Without him they’re a 4-6 win team.

  25. bondlake says:
    April 11, 2018 at 11:18 am
    AR has two years left on his contract.

    He’ll be 35 in December.

    Make him play out his contract; place a tag on him; and then dump him.

    Time for someone new in GB.

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    WOW…..Just WOW.. 2 years ago you guys thought he walked on Water, Better be careful of what you wish for! You Packer fans have been so spoiled by your last 2 QB’s you have this entitlement attitude thinking your team deserves to be in the playoffs every year! Rodgers is 99% of the reason your team hasn’t gone 5-11 or worse, and to see how many of you guys agree with this….. He could turn the Browns into a 9-7 team overnight! YOU DON’T DESERVE THE PERSPERATION OFF OF HIS ARM PITS!

  26. It’s not only true in Green Bay. No franchise lets the QB make roster decisions. Rodgers knows this. He watched what happened with old #4. Players come and go but the franchise is the one constant. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel “valued.” He’s just not valued as a member of the management staff, because he isn’t. He lobbied Graham to come to GB. He’s not a fool. He had to know somebody (and he’s good friends with Randall Cobb, too) was not going to be around next year to make that deal possible.

    Much ado about nothing in Rodgers’ comments. It’s not passive aggressive. It’s just the truth about the NFL.

  27. People are saying he stinks in the playoffs? Wow, idiotic.

    4458 yards, 36 TDs, 10 INTs and 10-7 record in the playoffs with a 99.4 QB Rating

    Completion percentage higher than Tom Brady. QB Rating higher than Tom Brady. TD to INT ratio better than Tom Brady. Yards per game better than Tom Brady.

    Those pesky facts.

  28. By Arods comments in this article, it sounds like he understands the business side of the game but misses his good friend.

  29. So cheese. To you 90 million makes Rodgers a greedy pig and it’s a cap/team killer. How do you then justify your team spending about the same on Cousins? Can’t have it both ways bud.

  30. And the Packers will be able to control his rights so this is a non-story. Try to stay healthy, shut up and play.

  31. ajzinnecker says:
    April 11, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    …He made 4 Hail Mary’s in one year…

    ÷÷÷÷÷

    Completing 4 Hail Marys in one year doesn’t mean you are a good QB. It means that your QB is very lucky. It also means that he and/or his team isn’t good enough to not have to rely on a prayer of a play to try to win games.

  32. Van Pelt was not “fired” or “let go”. He turned down a contract extension last offseason because he wanted to pursue other opportunities (wanted to be an OC) after the 2017 season ended. His contract expired.

  33. Youre taking up 1/7th of the teams salary cap. Maybe if you didn’t want such a large part of the pie for yourself, those other guys wouldn’t have to get cut to make it under the cap?

  34. “nhpats says:
    April 11, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Aaron is valued like a guy with 1 SB win…..just like Trent Dilfer.”

    ===========

    Well maybe he should be valued like a guy with no SB wins — just like Dan Marino.

    The team around you means something.

  35. “tremoluxman says:
    April 11, 2018 at 11:48 am

    The NFL is a business made up of a group of team owners. AR is an employee. A highly skilled employee,but still an employee. They pay him and tell him what to do, not the other way around. No one is irreplaceable. If AR wants to call all the shots, he should buy a team and run it. Get over yourself.”

    =========================================================================

    No one is irreplaceable? Tell that to the Cleveland Cavaliers after LeBron left.

  36. Youre taking up 1/7th of the teams salary cap.
    ======

    So is Tom Brady.

    … and 10 other QBs.

    Good teams have to do business this way. Unless you get lucky, and draft Russell Wilson, or Carson Wentz, and can operate on the cheap for few years.

  37. kenbell97 says:
    April 11, 2018 at 12:30 pm
    No quarterback has done more with less than Aaron Rodgers. It’s a shame he’s not given the kind of respect he deserves/is owed by the organization that would be a 10-12 loss team without him each year. QBs like Rodgers, Brees, Brady and Ben deserve the right to have an opinion on where a franchise is going
    ————————————————————————————————–
    Wow Ken. #4 did a heck of a lot more with way less offensive talent. He tried by his only means available (threatening to retire) to get TT to sign some free agents and “go for it” while he was still there and TT never did. Now AR is feeling the same thing. GM’s planning for long term, not trying to “go for it” while your HOF QB is still in his prime. I am guessing AR is starting to see #4 quite differently right now.

  38. Love ARod but it should work this way and no other way: players play, coaches coach and personnel people make their decisions. Football news is scant this time of year so lots of mountains made out of molehills.

  39. It also means that he and/or his team isn’t good enough to not have to rely on a prayer of a play to try to win games.
    ——
    So true…a hail Mary is useless in a blow out game, like say 38-7 or something like that. But in a close game, it can be all the difference in the world.

  40. He should play out his existing deal.

    The team is at the crossroad, and there’s no guarantee they’re going to take the right turn. Two years from now, he may not want to be there.

  41. It also means that he and/or his team isn’t good enough to not have to rely on a prayer of a play to try to win games.
    ——
    Wait, didn’t your team win it’s last (and only) game of the post season on a hail Mary type play? In fact, if I remember it was even flukier than a hail Mary. More like an our father. That doesn’t count though right?

  42. While statistics look pretty, I’ll take results over them. Hence TB12 > AR.
    =====

    Pats > Pack is the example you are looking for.

    Rodgers would have more rings if he were a Patriot.

    Brady wouldn’t have any if he were a Packer. HIs career would be over by now.

  43. He’s right, although I’m not sure I’d interpret it any way other than stating the obvious that players effectively have no say in team management. What’s great about Rodgers is that he responds to questions intelligently without the usual cliché crap. In all honesty, however, I bet if you asked him after a few beers with the promise of complete confidentiality if he’s tired of carrying MM’s rear-end for all these years — he’d say yes.

  44. If I was Rodgers, I wouldn’t sign a new contract with Green Bay unless I had a player opt out option after year. This organization is a good old boys club who have hung their hats on the backs of two HOF QBs.

  45. vikings1234 says:
    April 11, 2018 at 1:41 pm
    While statistics look pretty, I’ll take results over them.
    ___________________

    Then why would the Barneys break the bank for Kirk Cousins then?

  46. philly462 says:
    April 11, 2018 at 1:01 pm
    People are saying he stinks in the playoffs? Wow, idiotic.

    4458 yards, 36 TDs, 10 INTs and 10-7 record in the playoffs with a 99.4 QB Rating

    Completion percentage higher than Tom Brady. QB Rating higher than Tom Brady. TD to INT ratio better than Tom Brady. Yards per game better than Tom Brady.

    Those pesky facts.
    *********************************************************************

    You seem to for get the MOST important fact of all, Super Bowl wins. The IT factor, clutch
    play! 5 (FIVE) Super Bowl Wins to ONE for Rodgers.

  47. You seem to for get the MOST important fact of all, Super Bowl wins. The IT factor, clutch
    play! 5 (FIVE) Super Bowl Wins to ONE for Rodgers.
    =====

    Yes.

    Clutch play.

    Agreed.

    Rodgers post-season rating – 99.4
    Brady post-season rating – 90.9

    Only 2 active QBs have done it better than Rodgers. He’s 1.5 points from the top spot… 1 great quarter…

  48. Aaron has had the best arm in the NFL since he’s been a starter. He can’t do it alone. Had Aaron been in NE, and playing in the AFC LEAST, he’d have won 10 SB’s by now. Aaron is almost impossible to defend. I wish my team had him!

  49. A troll thinks SuperBowl victories is the only measure of a QB’s performance. In effect, he’s saying Flacco and Dilfer are better QB’s than Marino. He’s gotta be another Viking troll rookie.

  50. Aaron Rodgers will soon make $30 million a year. I think there’s a lot of appreciation in all those zeroes. Great quarterbacks last a long time. In Favre’s early years he hung out with his linemen. Near the end of his career he had a private locker room and shower. It’s got to be hard to see your buddies retire or be cut. I will miss Jordy Nelson. Deal with it privately and move on. Don’t allow yourself or the media to make you into a diva.

  51. magnumpimustache says:

    I still don’t understand how Seattle Beat the Packers in that Crazy game……

    //////////

    Easy… they showed up

  52. aarons444 says:

    Rodgers post-season rating – 99.4
    Brady post-season rating – 90.9
    #######

    Rodgers post season record: 9 wins vs 7 losses – .563 winning percentage

    Brady post season record: 27 wins vs 10 losses – .730 winning percentage

    That’s 11 more wins that Montana, 13 more than Bradshaw, Manning and Elway, 14 more than Roethlisberger and Favre, 16 more than Stauback and Aikman…

    Even Joe Flacco has more playoff wins and a higher winning percentage (10 wins vs 5 losses) than Rodgers – think about that for awhile!

  53. diveleft says:

    April 11, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    ajzinnecker says:
    April 11, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    …He made 4 Hail Mary’s in one year…

    ÷÷÷÷÷

    Completing 4 Hail Marys in one year doesn’t mean you are a good QB. It means that your QB is very lucky. It also means that he and/or his team isn’t good enough to not have to rely on a prayer of a play to try to win games.

    ———-

    I think your missing the full picture. Rodgers carries that entire team. He is the reason they don’t win 7 games or less each year. He is better than Tom Brady because his talent elevates the team. The Patriots managed to win 3 out of 4 games without Tom that year he was suspendered. When you make 4 Hail Mary’s in a year, that’s not all luck. There is some skill on ball placement and touch that make the chances of catching a Hail Mary better. Tom does well at audible, and short passes, but Rodgers clearly has better arm talent.

    And this is coming from a Vikings fan! Rodgers is the best QB, period currently. He is the reason Zimmer drafts defense in the first round every year.

  54. gtodriver,

    The Packers win % in the post-season with Rodgers is .563

    The Patriots win % in the post-season with Brady is .730

    The Patriot are a better team. Beyond dispute. No debate.

    That doesn’t make Brady a better QB.

  55. aarons444,

    Tom Brady has won 18 more playoff games than Rodgers. You have to get into the playoffs and make deep runs to accomplish that. It’s not just the team, it’s the QB.

  56. Tom Brady has won 18 more playoff games than Rodgers. You have to get into the playoffs and make deep runs to accomplish that. It’s not just the team, it’s the QB.
    =====

    I partially agree.

    But it cannot be any more clear that the Patriots are a vastly better organization than the Packers. The Packers have gone through 3 rebuilds, 3 GMs, and should be on their 3rd different head coach at this point.

    Belichick deserves every bit as much credit for the Patriots success as Brady. I would argue moreso. He’s the guy routinely replacing key cogs in that machine. Brady is just one of the gears.

    Rodgers hasn’t had ANY of those advantages. He’s carried this team, and a rotten defense, since 2011.

  57. stellarperformance says:
    April 11, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    I never liked it when the companies I’ve worked for would change personnel without asking my opinion either.

    __________

    You’re overlooking the obvious. The milkshake operator just wasn’t cutting it.

  58. “Rodgers hasn’t had ANY of those advantages. He’s carried this team, and a rotten defense, since 2011.”

    And the defense carried him in 2010…

    Getting back to Brady, Belichek has continually let quality players go to bring in lower priced replacements.

    Credit to Brady and the rest of the team to continue their commitment to excellence with the constant player movement that Belichek puts the team through.

  59. And the defense carried him in 2010…
    =====

    Uhh no. Not even close.

    109 post-season rating, the best post-season game of his career @ Atlanta, uncounscious in the Super Bowl, which he had to close out to win. One more possession, the Steelers would have won.

    As for the rest. Lets agree to disagree.

    Rodgers > Brady. Brady plays for a better team. Good for him.

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