Latest revelations make Aaron Rodgers’ contract look like a mistake

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Last offseason, the Packers gave quarterback Aaron Rodgers a huge new contract, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history. The latest revelations about Rodgers’ relationship with the higher-ups in Green Bay raise a simple question: Why?

Why did the Packers give Rodgers an enormous new contract, when they still had him under contract for two more very affordable seasons? If Rodgers were still playing under his old contract, he’d be heading into the final season of that deal, and he would be highly motivated to have his best season ever before hitting free agency.

Instead, Rodgers pocketed a whopping $67 million last year. He has enough “screw you” money that he doesn’t have to be particularly accommodating to his team.

And the revelations from the new report by Tyler Dunne of BleacherReport.com indicate that Rodgers hasn’t always been accommodating in Green Bay. Rodgers apparently held a grudge going all the way back to former coach Mike McCarthy being part of the 49ers’ decision making in the 2005 NFL draft, when the 49ers chose Alex Smith first overall and Rodgers fell to Green Bay with the 24th overall pick. And Packers CEO Mark Murphy reportedly had to order Rodgers not to be the problem after Matt LaFleur was hired as McCarthy’s replacement.

“Don’t be the problem” ought to go without saying for a franchise quarterback. It’s doubtful that Robert Kraft ever had to tell Tom Brady not to be the problem in New England, or that Jim Irsay ever had to tell Peyton Manning not to be the problem in Indianapolis. The mere fact that Murphy felt the need to say those words speaks volumes.

So why did Murphy sign a quarterback who needed to be told not to be a problem to the biggest contract in NFL history? If the Packers hadn’t signed Rodgers to that extension, they’d have a great deal of leverage with him right now: They could tell him, If you’re the problem this season, you won’t be here next season, but if you get back to your MVP form, we’ll reward you with a lucrative contract extension.

As it is, the Packers have given Rodgers so much money that they couldn’t move on from him now if they wanted to: Rodgers’ huge signing bonus means he would have about a $45 million dead cap hit if he were traded. It’s simply not feasible.

The Packers would be in much better shape right now if Rodgers were going into the last year of his contract, motivated to prove any doubters wrong.

142 responses to “Latest revelations make Aaron Rodgers’ contract look like a mistake

  1. To answer your question I would just say this cuts both ways here. Since he’s locked up long term the organization also doesn’t have to worry about consulting with him on moves a la LeBron James in Cleveland style. That was evident in their recently completed coaching search.

  2. Matt Ryan undeservedly catches a lot of flack from NFL fans, especially after he got his latest contract. That said, you’ve never — and will never — read an article about him like this… attitude and how you carry yourself are a huge part of being the face of a franchise. I guess Erin didn’t get the memo.

  3. Quarterbacks are at a premium and if you find a proven QB you have to find a way to lock them in asap. I understand that they could have waited but there is no guarantee that his price tag would not have gone up significantly more if Green Bay waited for his present contract to expire.

  4. Mark Murphy is a buffoon. He also needs to go ala Thompson, McCarthy. — No doubt Aaron Rodgers can be temperamental & a bit annoying, but he’s carried the Packers since 2008. — Like it or not, as a life long Packer fan, I know that the players on the field make the team & the game. — Most of the time, the clowns running the team are the pretenders.

  5. Let’s also pump the brakes a little. Remember last year when Wickersham said that Belichick was on his way out, Brady and Belichick hated each other, and Brady was gonna retire, blah blah blah. And it turned out to be a bunch of BS?

  6. Please… if Rodgers ever hit the open market his contract would make the one he signed look like peanuts. Some desperate team would give him everything.

  7. The entire drama shows that, without any doubt, the entire organization in GB, from the Board of “Directors “ to the Chief Ribbon Cutter Murphy to almost certainly the new GM Gutekunst, are incompetents.

    A good old fashioned housecleaning is in order.

    And dump Rodgers as son as practicable.

  8. Don’t mention this guy and Tom in the same paragraph ever. They are cut from a different cloth. Aaron may have all the arm talent in the world but someone needs to buy him some leadership books. Basically everyone who leaves NE says the same thing about Tom, which is that he is consumed by what he does, works as hard or harder than everyone else and makes a point to know and talk to everyone from the practice squad guys to the few stars that they get. This is a guy with six rings who introduces himself to practice squad players, like they don’t know who he is. He does that because when its all on the line and he needs people to perform, they need to trust him and want to go the extra mile because they know he will (like say if you’re down by 25 in the super bowl). The commentary about Aaron doesn’t paint that picture, or anything remotely resembling it. Tom didn’t need to be told not to be a problem because he leads by example and that example wouldn’t be good leadership or lead to winning (which is all he wants to do). Same goes for Peyton.

  9. According to cellarperformance, the Packers willingly made Rodgers the highest paid player in the NFL for a second time.

    I think it was done so Rodgers didn’t pout for 2 years.

    Packers management screwed up and this will haunt the Packers for decades.

  10. Bad article. Remember how terrible the Packers have looked without Rogers?

    Green Bay looks like contenders with Rogers and reverts to a 4-12 team without him.

  11. sexyrexy5000 says:

    Please… if Rodgers ever hit the open market his contract would make the one he signed look like peanuts.
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    After coming off an injury in 2017?

    After a miserable 6 win season in 2018?

    What HC/GM wants a coach killing QB?

    If this was the Rodgers of 2016 – I might agree with your claim. But after the last 2 seasons, no.

  12. Last offseason, the Packers gave quarterback Aaron Rodgers a huge new contract, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history. The latest revelations about Rodgers’ relationship with the higher-ups in Green Bay raise a simple question: Why?

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    I strongly dislike Aaron Rodgers, but the answers are obvious. I’m sure there’s truth behind the reports, but as with most media reports nowadays, there’s a good chance they’re significantly exaggerated. And though he may be a pain to work with, Aaron Rodgers is a transcendent talent.

  13. Let’s be real, Green Bay never had or would have any leverage against Rodgers. As much of an arrogant egomaniac he is, he singlehandedly makes them relevant. It’s Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    Threatening to not resign him is laughable too. He’d get $40 mil a year on the open market no question. That’s the unfortunate reality of it. I don’t think Matt Lafleur has a chance.

  14. The one thing that hasn’t been discussed…. This turmoil and conflict was occurring for over a decade and not one local beat writer ever wrote about it. The men and women in the media that cover Green Bay are fans first, and journalists second. There isn’t another Franchise in all of American Sports that could have this type of going on without their local media having a frenzy.

  15. The notion the Packers shouldn‘t have extended Rodgers is ludicrous. Even he did not play his best season last year, he‘s by far not the only one to blame. There is not one player left on the roster from the 2015 draft. They have holes all around the roster and lots of young and talented but inexperienced players in key spots. There was a lot of uninspired coaching the last few years.

    They were a bad team last year but with more experience (especially at WR, TE), the rare dip into free agency, a solid draft and improved (offensive) coaching, they could be right back in the thick of things in a year or two.

    And as always, the QB is the most important part – and all of this will motivate Rodgers to no end. He can‘t afford not to improve by a lot after all this. And we know, what he is capable of – because we all have seen it.

  16. With all due respect to Robert Kraft and Jim Irsay, they have no right to tell their QBs to not be the problem, when Kraft and Irsay have both shown been the “problem” for their respective teams.

  17. I’d love to get Rodgers’ side of the story before I believe everything I read in article written by a beat writer, whose very living depends on him staying in the good graces of the team.

  18. Great move by the Packers. Take the contract talks off his mind and let him concentrate on football. Why risk not having a contact in place for the best player in football. Rodgers will prove the doubters and haters wrong.

  19. Interesting how one article by Tyler Dunne apparently whitewashes every positive contribution Rodgers has brought to the Packers organization. And there have been many. The haters are out with the pitchforks and going apoplectic. Fine. Rodgers needs coaching, better players around him and to stay healthy. The first two are on their way. The third is totally up to chance. His primary motivation appears to be the proverbial chip on the shoulder, not $. That to is fine. Even with pocketing $67 M, there has never been ANY indication in his past play that he will likely now, or in the future, tell the Packers “screw you”. Heck, by waiting the 2 years, that $67M would probably now be $80M. Such is the market for a franchise quarterback. Chill.

  20. The mistakes the Packers made were keeping Thompson and McCarthy. Much of the article talks about things that happened years ago when Rodgers was tearing it up and carrying the team, ie getting to the nfc championship for two of three years with a joke for a defense. Font office and McCarthy relied too much on him and both were exposed when Rodgers got hurt. Truth is winning makes it all better and losing brings these to the surface. Not saying Rodgers is perfect, he brings drama. But the good far outweighs the bad. Remember last year when the Pats didn’t win it all and all the drama came out? This year nothing’s out because they won it all. Winning covers it and I’ll take my chances with Rodgers.

  21. If they have a problem with the contract, then trade him.

    Based on the way that team usually drafts, they won’t sniff the playoffs for the next decade.

  22. Packers should trade Rogers to the Cardinals for the # 1 pick & Josh Rosen…rest time in Green Bay.

  23. Rodgers IS the Green Bay Packers. With him injured, they are a losing team with a below .500 win loss record. With him, they make the playoffs (except last season) and would have made the Super Bowl in 2014 if not for a few miracle catches by Seattle and a screwed up defense against the onside kick. If anyone can be labeled a franchise quarterback, he is one of the few who is, along with Tom Brady and the retired Peyton Manning. Russell Wilson wants Aaron Rodgers type money for a long term contract. I hope Seattle give it to him because that would almost certainly make sure Seattle will be a mediocre team for the duration of the contract, as Wilson is no Aaron Rodgers and the weakened supporting cast won’t make the team good enough for playoff contention.

  24. He is the highest rated passer of all-time.

    He was the highest rated post-season passer of all-time as of the 2014 NFCC Game.. currently 3rd active, and 5th all-time.. almost 10 full points higher than Brady.

    I don’t you know how ANYONE would look at the Packers and say Aaron Rodgers is their problem.

  25. If they have a problem with the contract, then trade him.
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    He’s untradeable.

    They would take a $70+mil cap hit this season.

    .. the Packers knew what they were doing. They had to know about all of this. If they didn’t, they deserve to be taken for whatever they are worth.

  26. a fish rots from the head down. this is on Murphy for not seeing that TT and MM needed to be replaced.
    Rodgers running an archiac offense wth bad drafting, who wouldnt get frustrated?

    management needs to remember. Rodgers as talented as he is, is not a great leader. not everyone is. in the past, they supplemented with leaders like Woodson and Peppers. but when u replace guys like that with kids with limited talent, yes it can go sideways.

    but the concept of not signing him… then either existing on distraction of franchise tag or letting him go is lunacy.

  27. Aside from all the drama, Rodgers simply does not look like the QB he once was. He’s still a great player, but the Rodgers window is closing quickly. They paid a lot of money to a cranky injury prone diva with diminishing production. Gonna get ugly.

  28. Vince has to be rolling in his grave. Do you think he EVER crawled up to his office and had a massage during team meetings? The target is squarely on Aaron’s back.

  29. firstdownbrowns says:
    April 5, 2019 at 8:44 am
    giving any player over the age of 30 a big deal in any sport always seems so foolish. very few ever work out.
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    Quarterbacks do. All the time.

  30. The contract should have universally been seen as a mistake without any new revelations. It’s so large it hamstrings the team from putting enough talent around him so even if he plays great individually they still won’t be a great team overall. Make Rodgers the ultimate team guy who every teammate and coach loves and it’d still be a bad contract.

  31. If they really thought he was the “big problem” they would not have signed him yet. That says a lot about the rumors flying around.

  32. Green Bay is now the current undisputed franchise dumpster! How in the heck do you pay that kind of money to one player and feel good about your organization. They will never be able to field another championship team with that disproportionate salary structure. Never! AR will live on as a filthy rich man and GB will struggle in mediocrity. What a great culture!

  33. I just want to point out for everyone who says Aaron Rodgers has carried the Packers, that was their choice. It was their choice not to build a world class defense. It was their choice not to build a top-flight running game. It was their choice not to use creativity and the offense. Instead it was their choice to rely on Aaron Rodgers arm . Yes he has carried Green Bay for a decade and kept them relevant. That’s one of the reasons why McCarthy is gone and Thompson too. They were all too satisfied with a one-man show. So when you say Rogers has carried you all those years, I hope you’re shaking your head sadly, because that should never have been.

  34. Story sounds overblown, Rodgers is the best QB in football. They had one bad season that wasn’t even that bad. They will be fine

  35. “giving any player over the age of 30 a big deal in any sport always seems so foolish. very few ever work out.”

    Tom Brady has been a big help to the over 30 crowd in the NFL. He has shown that a QB can play at a high level into his 40s. Aaron Rodgers possibly could do that as well, if he can stay healthy. Drew Brees is another example. You’re right though….most of those types of contracts don’t work out well for the team.

  36. Quite honestly, I’ll take the word of James Jones.
    An 8 year veteran throughout the McCarthy/Rodgers era, who said he didn’t believe any of it.
    Called it somebody’s opinion, not based in facts.
    And he also stated that his phone has been blowing up from former teammates, all of them asking “Where was I when all of this was going on?”
    Can’t wait until the draft and we can get back to actual facts.

  37. If Rodgers was smart he would take the highroad on this one. Come out and call the article hogwash, say that he can sometimes be difficult to coach but he always had a great relationship with McCarthy and that he liked to play for him and they had a lot of success together. Also he should say that the massage thing is bogus (even if it’s not).

    If Rodgers did that it would go a long way to getting his team right for 2019.

  38. After giving him that deal, I am more than shocked they did not sign Antonio Brown. That combo would have made the deal look pretty good.

  39. Alex Presser says:
    April 5, 2019 at 10:07 am
    Story sounds overblown, Rodgers is the best QB in football. They had one bad season that wasn’t even that bad. They will be fine

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    2 bad seasons at at least two seasons prior where they may have been the best team in the NFL and blew their chance to win it all. 2011 and 2014.

  40. I don’t think paying him that much is an issue. His passive aggressive diva-ness aside, he’s tremendously talented to say the least. It’s not like they didn’t know what they were getting. My issue is more with how they handle him. If you’re going to pay him like the absolutely integral part of your franchise he is, then treat him like that. Guys like Rodgers want to be involved in everything. So just do it. Make sure he feels ownership of the offense. Game plan with him. Discuss strategy. Tell him he’s THE representative of the other players. Share what you can with him. The alternatives are to deal with his butt-hurt attitude or to eventually move on. “Don’t be part of the problem” just acknowledges he already is. It infantilizes him…how does Murphy THINK he’ll eventually react?

  41. Aside from all the drama, Rodgers simply does not look like the QB he once was. He’s still a great player, but the Rodgers window is closing quickly. They paid a lot of money to a cranky injury prone diva with diminishing production. Gonna get ugly.
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    Odds are, they’re not gonna dig themselves out of this mess.

    The Packers shouldn’t have been so eager to open the vault. Rodgers was signed through this season. They should have forced him to prove he could stay healthy and play at elite level.

    Its further reflection of how far they’ve fallen.

  42. Everything about Rodgers appears to be a mistake now.

    Talk about devolving.

    Humilty Good. Arrogance Bad.

  43. bjwbrown2011 says:
    April 5, 2019 at 9:01 am
    Bad article. Remember how terrible the Packers have looked without Rogers?

    Green Bay looks like contenders with Rogers and reverts to a 4-12 team without him.

    ——

    They were a 6-10 team with him

  44. The Packers had to give Aaron Rodgers a new contract before firing McCarthy. If they didn’t, Rodgers would used his impending free agency as a trump card over McCarthy’s replacement. He would tell the Packers that ‘if you don’t choose a complacent, pass-first coach that gives me the reins to this offense, I won’t sign a new contract.’ The Packers had to offer him a contract before firing McCarthy.

  45. ariani1985 says:
    April 5, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Why, it was only 90 million dollars guaranteed!
    Bwaaaaaaaaah, bwaaaaaaaaah, bwaaaaaaaaah!

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    98.7 million guaranteed, actually.

  46. Green Bay is now the current undisputed franchise dumpster! How in the heck do you pay that kind of money to one player and feel good about your organization. They will never be able to field another championship team with that disproportionate salary structure.
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    Aaron Rodgers 2018 cap number – $20,900,000
    Tom Brady 2018 cap number – $22,000,000

    Aaron Rodgers 2019 cap number – $26,500,00
    Tom Brady 2019 cap number – $27,000,000

  47. bjwbrown2011 says:
    April 5, 2019 at 9:01 am
    Bad article. Remember how terrible the Packers have looked without Rogers?

    Green Bay looks like contenders with Rogers and reverts to a 4-12 team without him.

    ———

    They were 6-9-1 WITH him just this past season. Hardly contenders.

  48. management needs to remember. Rodgers as talented as he is, is not a great leader. not everyone is. in the past, they supplemented with leaders like Woodson and Peppers. but when u replace guys like that with kids with limited talent, yes it can go sideways.
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    Favre wasn’t a great leader either.

    He talked openly about the generation gap with his younger teammates quite often late in his career.

    But with both Rodgers and Favre; when you see what they do on the field, how can you not want to play for/with that guy?

  49. Rodgers owes it all to the media. They anointed him king years ago. Even in seasons he plays bad he is still call the best quarterback. He gets all the credit and none of the blame.

  50. dougman9 says:

    April 5, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Mark Murphy is a buffoon. He also needs to go ala Thompson, McCarthy. — No doubt Aaron Rodgers can be temperamental & a bit annoying, but he’s carried the Packers since 2008. — Like it or not, as a life long Packer fan, I know that the players on the field make the team & the game. — Most of the time, the clowns running the team are the pretenders.

    Oh I am sure Rodgers is a royal pain in the butt at times but my blame as a lifelong Packers fan is directed and management and McCarthy. The GM was basically asleep at the wheel thinking his drafting was so good he didn’t need to bother with free agency. When his drafts started to suck the roster suffered badly.
    Murphy is to blame for holding on to Thompson for too long, and McCarthy was to blame for not getting with the times offensively, and paying ZERO attention to the defense.

    Paying Rodgers was not a mistake the dude is one of the best ever period. Guys like him don’t come around too often. Those of us who remember the Packers pre 1992 can definitely tell you that.

  51. We will all see very quickly if AR or the new head coach is running the offense,hopefully Rodgers is wise enough not to pull the same BS he did with McCarthy as his boss is watching closely and happens to be on the new coaches side in this battle of egos.

  52. Rodgers may be a diva of a QB. But it’s very hard to get a QB that can actually play the position. Can you imagine how much of jerk Rodgers is going to act when Green Bay tries to draft his replacement? He’s going to be a capital jerk to the front office and to the guy in the locker room.

  53. He would be by far the best free agent QB in salary cap era. You can’t be cheap here. Telling him if you’re the problem this season, you won’t be here next season sounds so stupid to me. He would be gone for 40 millions/year with no PROBLEM.

    I can’t believe this article. If Rodgers were mad for not getting paid in his expiring year, now we would be reading tons of articles criticizing the owners for not protect and paid generational talents this&that.

    Packers are in cap hell, sure they are. But it’s how it works, unless you have a Tom Brady on your team.

  54. steves11 says:
    April 5, 2019 at 10:07 am
    “giving any player over the age of 30 a big deal in any sport always seems so foolish. very few ever work out.”

    Tom Brady has been a big help to the over 30 crowd in the NFL. He has shown that a QB can play at a high level into his 40s. Aaron Rodgers possibly could do that as well, if he can stay healthy.
    ///////////
    And, he hasn’t been healthy going on 3 years now, so….

  55. “I’d love to get Rodgers’ side of the story ”
    _____________

    He’d be a fascinating guy to talk to for all sorts of things. He’s estranged from his parents, there was that story of him backing out of a buddy’s wedding via text 48 hours before without any explanation, etc. But he makes some funny commercials so plenty of people think he must be this super-cool guy in real life.

  56. Rodgers is good, no doubt, but look at his division those years. Beating on Schwartz, Lovie, Childress/Frazier….no great feat. He got outside the division in the playoffs and they were far from an excellent team.

    I have stopped believing in a fair NFL and watch it much less. I lost my faith in the league by watching the calls Rodgers got again and again. He did not get those calls last year, and what a difference it made. The crestfallen look on his face. Arms out, palms up imploring for a call. Very amusing. He does not look like the same miracle worker without the officiating tailwind. And now he has to deal with an excellent Bears team and a competent Vikings team.

    Pay up, Packers.

  57. Like Rodgers need to prove himself? If the Packers want to be rid of him, there are at least a dozen others teams who will give him a blank check.

  58. The media has hyped Rodgers into “greatness”. Rodgers has never earned a place in the conversation about GOAT, and this is more proof to the contrary. Talent is only part of what has proven to be GOAT worthy. Leading a team, being a good teammate, and winning games on (every) Sunday are also part of it. While Packers fans will argue that Rodgers is the Packers, the truth is the Packers haven’t even approached being a dynasty. Rodgers is a great QB, and he is fun to watch play the game, but he doesn’t belong in the GOAT conversation.

  59. 2 bad seasons at at least two seasons prior where they may have been the best team in the NFL and blew their chance to win it all. 2011 and 2014.
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    2011 was a flawed team – top-5 all-time offense, equally bad defense (most yards allowed in history to that point, IIRC)

    2014 – please.. Belichick would have torn McCarthy limb from limb had they squared off in the SB.. he couldn’t even close out Seattle with a double-digit lead in the closing minutes. Worst implosion in Championship Game history.

  60. cma1973 says:

    April 5, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Don’t mention this guy and Tom in the same paragraph ever. They are cut from a different cloth. Aaron may have all the arm talent in the world but someone needs to buy him some leadership books.
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    I don’t have a dog in these discussion fights about the comparisons of Rogers and Brady but personally I agree with you. I think Rogers is the superior athlete. Who could deny that? I think he’s better at improvising on the fly when the play that’s called is broken up and he has the better ability of making something out of nothing mainly due to his mobility and his ability to keep a play alive.

    But that’s it. It stops there as far as I’m concerned. Brady’s leadership is off the charts. His ability to rise to the occasion many times on the biggest of stages is legendary by now. He embraces the challenges thrown his way when things look to be the worst. He plays his best when his team needs him. He’s most dangerous in the 4th quarter when a game is on the line. I would take him over anybody in the 4th quarter when 3rd downs need to be made and drives and scores have to happen.

    By contrast folks should consider this stat and there are articles as recent as November, 2018 about it. Anyone can Google it. But Aaron Rogers when entering the 4th quarter by more than a point against winning teams at that time is 0-37. That is unbelievable. To compare him amongst the great QBs and to speak of him in the same breath as Brady in particular is ridiculous.

    He’s a very good QB but it should be left at that.

  61. usedjock says:

    April 5, 2019 at 10:47 am

    dougman9 says:

    April 5, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Mark Murphy is a buffoon. He also needs to go ala Thompson, McCarthy. — No doubt Aaron Rodgers can be temperamental & a bit annoying, but he’s carried the Packers since 2008. — Like it or not, as a life long Packer fan, I know that the players on the field make the team & the game. — Most of the time, the clowns running the team are the pretenders.

    Oh I am sure Rodgers is a royal pain in the butt at times but my blame as a lifelong Packers fan is directed and management and McCarthy. The GM was basically asleep at the wheel thinking his drafting was so good he didn’t need to bother with free agency. When his drafts started to suck the roster suffered badly.
    Murphy is to blame for holding on to Thompson for too long, and McCarthy was to blame for not getting with the times offensively, and paying ZERO attention to the defense.

    Paying Rodgers was not a mistake the dude is one of the best ever period. Guys like him don’t come around too often. Those of us who remember the Packers pre 1992 can definitely tell you that.
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    Again? Everyones fault but Rodgers. And you wonder why he feels entitled?

    AR was changing MM’s plays! You guys were whining about Jones not getting enough carries, but AR changed out of running plays so he could play hero ball.

    We heard for years that TT was a genius, now that he’s out, ” he should have been gone years ago”? Ugh so typical of this hypocritical fan base.

  62. Draft Haskins when he falls. Let Aaron hold the clipboard again. He will pull a Krappernick. Just spitballing here.

  63. By contrast folks should consider this stat and there are articles as recent as November, 2018 about it. Anyone can Google it. But Aaron Rogers when entering the 4th quarter by more than a point against winning teams at that time is 0-37. That is unbelievable. To compare him amongst the great QBs and to speak of him in the same breath as Brady in particular is ridiculous.
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    Explain the comeback against the Bears last year.. they won the Division.

    Explain the 21 point 2nd half comeback against Arizona in the 2009 Wild Card Game.

    Explain the 5 playoff games he left the field tied or with the lead and never got the ball back because his defense folded like a K-Mart deck chair.

    Silliest stat ever.

  64. After reading about all the drama and discord in the GB organization it will be interesting to see how it plays out this upcoming season. Only time will tell if the prior season’s culture will continue or not. I’ve got to believe that Rodgers would like the team to be successful since he’ll be in GB for a while, but maybe I’m wrong.

  65. Rodgers has 3 game-winning drives and 3 4th Q comebacks each of the last 2 years.

    2016 – Dallas (Divsional Playoff)
    2017 – Dallas
    2018 – Chicago

    2015, Seattle.. 2014, Dallas again..

    That 0-37 stat is bunk.

  66. Mark Murphy is a buffoon. He also needs to go ala Thompson, McCarthy. — No doubt Aaron Rodgers can be temperamental & a bit annoying, but he’s carried the Packers since 2008. — Like it or not, as a life long Packer fan, I know that the players on the field make the team & the game. — Most of the time, the clowns running the team are the pretenders.
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    Yes, he carried them to 1 whole Superbowl victory an eon ago. Sound logic.

  67. cheeseisfattening says:
    April 5, 2019 at 11:43 am
    Packer fans blindly defend Rodgers while he say “screw you” Green Bay
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    Nobody’s blindly defending Rodgers.
    But, I’ll take the word of former teammates that have said many times over what a great teammate and locker room presence he’s been throughout the years.
    As well as former players that are calling this report garbage.
    Players who aren’t afraid to attach their names to their comments.

  68. Lions and Bears fans who have spent years listening to the arrogance of the Packers and Vikings fans who have become spoiled by past glory have to be loving this!! This article proves the Packers have already fallen, and the Vikings are clearly heading down with them!

    The Bears are clearly the class of the division now, with The Lions as the rising stars!!! GOODBYE GREEN BAY!! GOODBYE MINNESOTA!!

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #ONEPRIDE

  69. The biggest flaw in the offense is entirely attributable to Aaron Rogers – on 99% of the plays he snaps the ball with a half a second to go.

  70. Let’s say Rodgers is a terrible person, the Packers are a contender with him, and garbage without him. Since the Super Bowl win, the primary on field problems have been an almost unchanging offensive style that never generated a significant run game and a frugality in free agency that lead to a the roster getting progressively weaker after a run of poor drafting.

    Even if Rodgers’s has a penchant for setting fire to his team-mates’ cars, he was the best QB in the league when they were on the field. The lack of a run game wasn’t down to his personality. Talented veterans leaving in free agency was down to the team not wanting to pay them, not because of Rodgers’s personality. The inability to fill the roster and, more particularly, find a decent running back wasn’t down to Rodgers’s personality. Failing to sign big free agents when Rodgers was at his peak, and most of the Super Bowl team was still healthy, was not down to Rodgers’s personality.

  71. He had 2 years left. It’s like they paid him for what he’s done in the past. As much as I loved farve I was glad he was traded because I was tired of the drama. But the Green Bay vacuum has created Favre 2.0

  72. Anyone who watches the pack knows it’s Aaron Rodgers who makes this team. Without him 4 wins with him 6. Back to back loosing seasons for the first time since 90-91. Wow. Rodgers was more hurt last year than he led on, but yeah it was obvious he tanked. So much for being the best player in the NFL. I thought that for many years. Better than Brady. I would love if the Vikings had a player like that. AP is the only one who came close but all he did really was fumble away the Super Bowl and fumble away another promising year vs the hawks.

  73. He has always been a locker room cancer, players hate him, coaches hate him refs hate him. This is his trademark. This is his legacy. Oh that and the Hall of Fame.

  74. He was the highest rated post-season passer of all-time as of the 2014 NFCC Game.. currently 3rd active, and 5th all-time.. almost 10 full points higher than Brady.
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    Kurt Warner is #2, Matt Ryan is #3, Alex Smith is #7, and Mark Sanchez is #10 on that list. Tells you all you need to know about that stat. Get back to me when these guys have played in 40 playoff games in their careers…..not less than half.

  75. 6 wins in 2018 is contending I guess after reading these packer fans comments about Rodgers.Without AR12 they what would have have 3-4 wins? Great.

  76. The fact that he was willing to sign a long term extension with Green Bay despite this alleged “terrible atmosphere” is very strong proof that nothing is as bad as people are making it seem. If he is so hated, and hates everyone, why would he choose to remain in Green Bay? He can’t be too unhappy there, and the team can’t be too unhappy with him. It’s interesting offseason fodder, but ultimately won’t mean anything in about 2 more days.

  77. But he’s a top 2 QB, way better than Brady you know. He’s so much more versatile, he can run with the ball and he makes plays out of broken plays… blah blah blah.

    You know he has some issues when he won’t even talk to his family. Everyone’s family sucks at some point, but we talk to them.

  78. We will see. He can’t blame McCarthy for not choosing him as the QB for the 49ers, Mike Nolan was the HC, not McCarthy. That previous season McCarthy took a 3rd stringer from GB brought him to the Saints and the Saints won their first playoff game with backup Aaron Brooks. When McCarthy left the Saints so did their offense that following season.

    Will the same happen in GB? We will see.

  79. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t Rodgers demand that his contract be renegotiated every year so he always remains the highest paid? What happens after Wilson signs his deal?

  80. aarons444 says:
    April 5, 2019 at 11:41 am
    Rodgers has 3 game-winning drives and 3 4th Q comebacks each of the last 2 years.

    2016 – Dallas (Divsional Playoff)
    2017 – Dallas
    2018 – Chicago

    2015, Seattle.. 2014, Dallas again..

    That 0-37 stat is bunk.
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    If you read the article (Nov 26, 2018) it says that he’s 0-37 against teams with a winning record if he’s down in the 4th qtr (which is somewhat weird to parse that way I think)

    However, what can’t be argued is this:

    4th qtr comeback wins (since 1960)
    1) Peyton Manning – 43
    2) Tom Brady – 35
    36) Flacco/Alex Smith – 18
    45) Russell Wilson – 17
    52) Derek Carr – 16
    61) Ryan Tannehill – 15
    75) Trent Dilfer and AARON RODGERS – 14

    So, if he’s the comeback king, how come he’s only done it 14 times in 13 years?

  81. Sounds like whomever decided on giving him the extension should also have been shown the door along with McCarthy.

  82. So, if he’s the comeback king, how come he’s only done it 14 times in 13 years?
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    I never said he was the comeback king.

    Just proved the 0-37 stats is completely bogus.

  83. 9-7 career playoff record
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    The only year he had a top 5 defense, he won the Super Bowl.

    1 other season he had a top 10 defense… he put up 45 and still lost in the Playoffs.

  84. JJ12 says:

    April 5, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    The fact that he was willing to sign a long term extension with Green Bay despite this alleged “terrible atmosphere” is very strong proof that nothing is as bad as people are making it seem. If he is so hated, and hates everyone, why would he choose to remain in Green Bay? He can’t be too unhappy there, and the team can’t be too unhappy with him. It’s interesting offseason fodder, but ultimately won’t mean anything in about 2 more days.
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    Wow. That this has to be explained I guess is not that surprising.

    He doesn’t get to choose to stay in GB. First off, he was under contract, second they could franchise him for 2 more years. He could not leave if he wanted to, outside of trying to force a trade which leads to……

    GB isn’t going to trade a top 5 five QB. His being 35 doesn’t help matters. No one would give up a haul of picks for a guy that has 5 years top left. He has also showed a propensity for injury as of late. Finally the fan base would revolt if they traded him, especially after the Favre fiasco.

    I think the saying goes ..Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.

  85. Packers presently have the highest rated QB in the history of the NFL under a contract that in no way restricted the Packers from going after the free agents they wanted this offseason. So I’m thinking the contract wasn’t a mistake.

  86. If you have to tell someone “don’t be the problem,” guess what? They’re already the problem.

  87. Why was this contract a mistake?
    Because of this garbage/gossip news story that’s already been refuted by numerous current and former Packer players.

    Alright, I’ll play along.
    Despite the last two seasons of disappointment, and the fact this team has been surrounded by a whirlwind of “dysfunction”, as reported by a handful of unnamed sources with unsubstantiated claims, they’ve still been one of the most successful NFL teams of the last decade.
    And they are still just 3 seasons removed from an NFC Championship appearance.
    Successful teams keep their star players and try to add even more talent along the way.
    That’s how it works.

    Or maybe, the Packer brass know a little bit more about the internal workings of their franchise than the gossip and garbage being portrayed in the comment section of PFT.
    Maybe.

  88. I hate the insurance commercials. They are just plain annoying and stupid. Especially the fire in the bathroom with his agent!

  89. It’s Super Bowl or bust time. 10 draft picks this year, 2 in the first round, new coaching staff & GM, future Hall of Fame quarterback. There should be no reason why you can’t get to the Super Bowl this year.

  90. Wafflestomp says:
    April 5, 2019 at 10:10 am
    Quite honestly, I’ll take the word of James Jones.
    An 8 year veteran throughout the McCarthy/Rodgers era, who said he didn’t believe any of it.
    Called it somebody’s opinion, not based in facts.
    And he also stated that his phone has been blowing up from former teammates, all of them asking “Where was I when all of this was going on?”
    Can’t wait until the draft and we can get back to actual facts.
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    I agree there is probably some truth and some exaggerations on this story. But James Jones is not a credible source for the pro-packers side either he is same homer that picks the packers to go undefeated and win the super bowl every year. SO yeah maybe a little bias there.

  91. Not sure if I’d want James Jones in my corner, except for being biased as a former player.
    I’ve met him a few times through work & for what it’s worth, that’s just say James won’t be winning any nice guy awards anytime soon.

  92. aarons444 says:

    April 5, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    So, if he’s the comeback king, how come he’s only done it 14 times in 13 years?
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    I never said he was the comeback king.

    Just proved the 0-37 stats is completely bogus.
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    No you didn’t. Give an example when Aaron Rodgers came back from a deficit of more than 1 point when entering the 4th quarter against a team that had a better record than .500 going into that game. All the games you previously stated do not disprove that 0-37 stat. Not one.

  93. This nonsense is humorous. If Rodgers ever became available, Zygy Wilf would buy a red carpet long enough to stretch to Southern California to get him. Vikings fans would unroll it, and stand at attention when Aaron rolled by in a solid gold Viking ship on wheels pulled by a crew of ridiculously purple painted horn-blowing idiots.

  94. Remember when they were playing the Patriots on 11/4/18, and the networks were hyping it up as GOAT vs GOAT. LOL.

  95. Rogers is always in the best QB in the NFL talk but while he has been good he’s not played at that level from a few years back when he really did look like a top 3 QB. No one seems to have the guts to say he hasn’t looked elite in a long while and he’s a prima donna and bit of a team cancer.

  96. Lol,back to the 0-37,record. The Bears did not have a winning record at the time,,they were 0-0,on the year.

  97. LOL, again, at the 0-37.

    He’s come from behind in Playoff games.

    He has 14 4thQ comebacks and 20 game winning drives.

    His 4th Q QB rating is 102.2.. his 2nd half QB rating is 101.9.

    You’re a fool if you think this guy doesn’t show up every game.

  98. Tom Brady 4thQ QB rating – 94.7
    Tom Brady 2nd half QB rating – 95.8

    Tom Brady QB rating when trailing – 91.3

    Aaron Rodgers QB rating when trailing – 98.5

  99. These comments remind me of 2007-2008//Viking fans said the same s**8 about Favre…the only difference is Rodgers should be the one pissing on Green Bay..he cant do anything right..where as Favre was worshiped and still is..by blindly stupid Packer fans. I can’t wait until he asks to be traded and Green Bay is back to the 70s..will serve all their stupid fans right.

  100. “The latest revelations about Rodgers’ relationship with the higher-ups in Green Bay raise a simple question: Why?”

    Um, maybe they’re not true? All of the principals in that article were involved in this contract and it got done. Relatively easily for a contract that size. I think that alone puts some question to some of the things in the article. But the article was on the internet – so it must all be true.

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