The Packers and Aaron Rodgers seem to be on a collision course for a divorce

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In January, the Packers learned the hard way that a team with a great running game will beat a team with an all-time great quarterback in a single-elimination setting. So instead of using their first three picks to bolster the run defense or to give their all-time great quarterback more help in the passing game, Green Bay’s approach is, essentially, “If you can’t beat ’em, copy ’em.”

The commitment to bolstering the run game, evident in rounds two and three of the draft, has left Aaron Rodgers with no immediate assistance when it comes to either helping him do his job better or giving him a chance to do his job at all. When dealing with their brilliant, cerebral, and strategic Cal quarterback, the Packers surely are smart enough to know what they’re doing. But what they’re doing is, essentially, standing under a nest of hornets with a stick and repeatedly poking.

Tackle David Bakhtiari provided a warning as to what was coming after Thursday night’s selection of quarterback Jordan Love via the 30th overall pick and the fourth-round pick used to jump up a few spots.

“Let me tell y’all something right now: Look out!” Bakhtiari said during the NFL’s Draft-A-Thon live stream. “Aaron is about to be on fire.”

Bakhtiari explained that the anger would become motivation for Rodgers.

“He’s already great when he is just chill,” Bakhtiari said. “But when I’ve seen him when he gets riled up. . . . Woooo! Getting my hair raised up right now, thinking about this.”

That was before rounds two and three, when the Packers made a long-term investment not in passing the ball but running it. And with no fourth-round pick (thanks to the Love trade), the Packers are left with a fifth-rounder, three sixth-rounders, and two seventh-round selections. And, as a result, Rodgers may be even more upset after Friday night than he was after Thursday night.

Again, that’s possibly precisely what the Packers want. They knew how to get Brett Favre to retire in 2008 (i.e., ask him for a firm decision in February, when they knew he’d be inclined to walk away), and they know (or at least believe they know) how to get Rodgers to be the one to ask for a divorce.

So when will it all come to a head? Every team has a clear-cut starting quarterback and/or a rookie to groom for the job in 2020. But several teams certainly would consider tearing up their current plans if they could land Aaron Rodgers now. The Patriots, obviously. The Raiders, definitely. Washington, most likely. The Jets, Chargers, Dolphins, and Jaguars, possibly.

Other teams would be left to think about what may have been if they’d only known there was a chance to try to shake Rodgers free from the land of beef and cheese. The Colts surely would have preferred Rodgers to Philip Rivers. The 49ers, who considered signing Tom Brady and throwing Jimmy Garoppolo overboard, surely would have done more than consider Rodgers. The Buccaneers would have been better off with Rodgers over Brady. The Saints may have been a little more willing to nudge Drew Brees into a broadcast booth.

But a trade for Rodgers would not be easy to accomplish, from a cap standpoint. Trading Rodgers now would trigger a $45.9 million cap charge. However, waiting until after June 1 (which isn’t very far off, especially with no offseason program) would result in only $14.352 million hitting the cap in 2020. The remaining $31.548 million would land on the salary cap in 2021.

As the cap pushes past $200 million, that’s a lot of dead money to carry in 2021. If/when the cap shrinks next year due to the pandemic, that becomes an even bigger pill to swallow.

The more likely reality is that the Packers will try to hold it all together with Rodgers for another two seasons. Come 2022, the cap hit would be only $17.204 million. The bigger question is whether they’ll be able to keep Rodgers from agitating for a trade, privately or publicly, before the end of the 2021 season. If so, the Packers may learn that there are worse things than taking a major cap charge.

149 responses to “The Packers and Aaron Rodgers seem to be on a collision course for a divorce

  1. The teams winning super bowls have the best QB’s, and they’re winning because of those QB’s.

  2. Rogers isn’t going anywhere for 2 years at least. The cap won’t allow it no matter who wants it, the Pack. All else is just talk to sell ads.

  3. Gotta love media speculation. No one knows what the plan is. Maybe they just wanted to light a fire under Rodgers or maybe they’re just setting the stage to protect him over the last few years of his career. More running equals fewer hits to an aging QB. Can’t believe they didn’t take a fast wr in round 1, but the other picks make sense if you’re trying to transition to a safer offense for AR.

  4. The teams winning super bowls have the best QB’s, and they’re winning because of those QB’s.

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    The 2013 Seahawks, 2015 Broncos and 2018 Patriots would like a word with you

  5. Over-reaction article.
    He has always said,.. “I don’t care when they draft another QB,.. he’s gonna have to beat me out”. And I still believe it to be that way. I think what Bakhtiari said is true,… Aarons hair will be on fire,… and that’s a good thing. I think he could use a motivational push.

  6. The Packers didn’t use the first 3 rounds of the draft to re-tool the offense and then to carry on as business as usual with Aaron Rodgers. This is only act one of a two act play.

  7. What goes around comes around, they did it to Favre, They’re doing it to A-Aron.

  8. Has anyone asked Rogers. No, they haven’t. Muck raking at its finest, but thats what the media does.

  9. Won’t be a problem if Aaron doesn’t make any comments about it. Favre didn’t make it easy for him. Nobody wants to lose their job. Play hard and keep it. That’s how competitive sports league work. Pouting just makes it worse.

  10. I am not sure what all the whinning about Rodgers offensive weapons is all about, DeVonte Adams is one of the best Wide Receivers in the NFL and their #2 Allen Lazard, while not all world was just as good as any Wide Receiver on the Eagles. Not to mention a beefed up running game helps eleviate the pressure on the passing game.

    Rodgers has turned into one of the biggest Diva’s in the NFL at this point in his career, my god Brady and Wentz had nobody to throw to . . . while Rodgers had Adams and co. and a WR of Adams caliber helps open everyone else up in the passing game. I am sick of hear about Rodgers not being happy, he ran one coach out of town and now it is reported that he is crying into his soup over the Packers putting in place bench strength behind a 36 year old QB, who will be turning 37 during the 2020 season. He will be 40 years old by the time his current contract expires . . . welcome to Brett Farve’s legacy and he was far better than Rodgers.

  11. aa1829 says:
    April 25, 2020 at 10:47 am
    Has anyone asked Rogers. No, they haven’t. Muck raking at its finest, but thats what the media does.
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    i can’t wait until they do. popcorn ready…

  12. Deepest selection of WRs ever and you don’t take a WR? I’m no Rodgers fan but if he’s upset I totally understand it.

    Also, as a Titans fan, I find it kinda ironic that Lafleur is all of a sudden a fan of the running game after forgetting he had Henry until about week 12 of the 2018 season.

  13. I don’t see Rodgers leaving till his contract is up, by then we likely see Love as a Packer

  14. If he’s so great why does he need so much help? Wouldn’t he make those around him better?

  15. The Packers drafted a talented but very raw project to replace 36 year-old Aaron Rodgers in a few years. Those conniving provocateurs! Actually, the only nefarious activity I see is a cheap shot being taken at Sam Darnold and Dwayne Haskins.

  16. Wait a second here. You mean to tell me that players might not be with one team their entire career? Madness. M

  17. More baseless speculation in a slower than usual offseason. He’s going nowhere anytime soon. Cap hit is too big and what kind of cap room will be needed to trade for him and give him a new deal which he will most certainly want.

  18. LOL, could you imagine, Rodgers to the Bears will make the stale cheeser brains EXPLODE!

  19. Rodgers is 36, why is so weird to people? Rodgers has been injured twice where their season was ruined because they had no competent back-up QB. Love will need at a season or two to be NFL ready and Rogers will then be 38 years old. Isn’t it better to have your next QB on the roster than having to find a way to pick a QB in the top 10 or 5 in a future draft? The Eagles just drafted Jalen Hurts when they have Carson Wentz, who just signed a contract extension last year. How is that any different?

  20. Rodgers brought this on himself. He tanked an entire season to get a coach fired, then wanted to be the OC when they hired a new coach and pouted when he didn’t get his way.

  21. ” The Patriots, obviously”

    This is nothing but a fantasy. Pats had less than 1.3 million in cap room a couple days ago. Takes around 5 million typically to sign a draft class.

    Yes they can either trade Thuney or get a long term deal in place that reduces the 14.25 million cap hit he’s currently at. Even if they jettison Hoyer there’s still nowhere near enough cap room for Rodgers.

    Not to mention i can’t see Rodgers accepting Bill’s style of coaching.

  22. I am sick of hear about Rodgers not being happy, he ran one coach out of town and now it is reported that he is crying into his soup over the Packers putting in place bench strength behind a 36 year old QB
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    Literally nothing you wrote there is true.

  23. I’ve been waiting years under every situation imaginable over the past 12 seasons for Rodgers to get “fired up”. Truth is Rodgers is at his best when they are underdogs and there’s no more expectation of winning, or against clearly inferior teams. He doesn’t “rise to the occasion” like that in hi-pressure situations. He won’t flop against Jordan, but we’ll see the same Rodgers we would have anyways, nothing extra.

  24. The niners ran the ball down their throats in the playoffs so they draft a qb that won’t start and running backs. What exactly is the plan for the soft defense? Tell em to play harder?

  25. The “motivational push” angle is hilarious. The guy went 13-3 last year and got to the NFCC game with one NFL receiver in Adams. He doesn’t need motivation, he needs HELP.

  26. Too much is being made of the Packers draft moves.

    The fact of the matter is that the Packers have a anemic running game. Because of that, all of the pressure is on Rogers and the passing game. One-dimensional teams don’t tend to do well in the NFL.

    The Packers drafted to improve the running game. That can only help Rogers in the long run. They’ve been one-dimensional for too long. Opposing teams don’t even have to think about stopping the Packers running.

    And drafting a good QB is simply good planning. Rookies QBs that get to sit for a couple of years behind a great QB tend to do better than QBs that are drafted and thrown into the fire. Rogers, himself, had that advantage.

    Rogers may be pissed, but this might light a fire under him while giving the Pack an actual run-game.

  27. A lot of words, little substance. Missed among all the innuendo, speculation and narrative crafting the point is missed: Jordan Love has to prove he is capable and skilled enough to replace Rodgers. Unfortunately he was mediocre against high school caliber defenses in that powder puff division he played in. The prospects of this kid supplanting future HOFer Aaron Rodgers falls between slim and none.

  28. The same thing happen to Favre and Rodgers complained about how he wasn’t mentored so it’s time to put your money where your mouth is Diva and help the young kid get ready to replace you in 3 years. I’m tired of him everyone acts like he is so great but all I see is throw always and a guy who thinks his sh!t don’t stink. Marino was better than Rodgers and never won a Super Bowl.

  29. Or front offices are starting to realize you can build a much better TEAM when you aren’t paying QB $35-$40 million a year.

  30. jollyroger89 says:
    April 25, 2020 at 10:42 am
    The teams winning super bowls have the best QB’s, and they’re winning because of those QB’s.

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    The 2013 Seahawks, 2015 Broncos and 2018 Patriots would like a word with you
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    So you’re saying Russell Wilson, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady were not among the best QB’s? I think their words are for yourself, sir.

  31. It’s better to have let a player leave early than to have stuck around with him too long.

  32. radar8 says:
    April 25, 2020 at 11:28 am
    Too much is being made of the Packers draft moves.

    The fact of the matter is that the Packers have a anemic running game. Because of that, all of the pressure is on Rogers and the passing game. One-dimensional teams don’t tend to do well in the NFL.

    The Packers drafted to improve the running game. That can only help Rogers in the long run. They’ve been one-dimensional for too long. Opposing teams don’t even have to think about stopping the Packers running.

    And drafting a good QB is simply good planning. Rookies QBs that get to sit for a couple of years behind a great QB tend to do better than QBs that are drafted and thrown into the fire. Rogers, himself, had that advantage.

    Rogers may be pissed, but this might light a fire under him while giving the Pack an actual run-game.
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    Last season, RB Aaron Jones had 1,084 yards rushing, averaged 4.6 yards a carry and scored 16 tds. That’s an anemic running game?

  33. It’s not even debatable, the Packers have had the best QB play for the last 25 years, back to back, HOF players. You can’t continue that trend without spending draft capital at the position. Now I am like everybody else, I don’t know if Jordan Love is going to be the next franchise and potentially HOF QB for the Packers but Gute seems to think so and that’s good enough for me.

  34. Rodgers knows his time is coming just like Favre. Now it’s time to demand a trade. Packers wouldn’t have drafted a qb unless they’re going to get rid of him.

  35. A game away from the Super Bowl and the next season you want to look at someone who can eventually replace your quarterback, instead of what you can do to beat that one team? Enjoy!

  36. To all you genious types: At the end of 2020 season, check how well the Bengals did in comparison to Redskins. Why? The DE for skins will outshine bengals’ qb. Conclusion is that great teams shine on defense FIRST, the then qb contributes more. Historically true, epecially with rise of the Steelers. You don’t remember the “Steel Curtain”? A lot of opponents do. And, mouthy Terry was not the best member of the team. My choice was a close nod to Greene over Lambert.

  37. Been a fan for 30yrs. This situation is different than when Rodgers was drafted. He fell to Green Bay. Plus add in Favre waffling retirement after every season for 5 yrs and this is a lot different. I would seek a trade if I were him. No gm/coach in their right mind would’ve traded up to draft a qb and then a rb with this roster.

  38. I’ve never seen the greatness everyone talks about in Rodgers. He’s a good QB and he’s 36. Teams replace veteran players all the time. Love appears to need 2 seasons of coaching and seasoning.

  39. but when New England bolstered their ground game three years ago the reports said the franchise was a genius for making life easier on Tom Brady. Imagine how much more effective a Rodgers can be with a balanced attack.. Not only easier on him but make him more lethal..

  40. The best thing for Aaron Rodgers at this point in his career is put him in an offense where he can hand the ball off 45% of the time, reduce the violent hits from defenders, and keep him healthy and upright until the playoffs come and you can open things up a bit.

  41. If anyone remembers that the Broncos took Tommy Maddux with Elway as the established QB. Tommy got ran out of town.

  42. I’m just surprised there aren’t Pats fanboys in here chirping about the GOAT Brady. Oh wait, someone did mention a “Brady-like divorce”. Never mind.

  43. brownietheelf32 says:
    April 25, 2020 at 11:29 am
    A lot of words, little substance. Missed among all the innuendo, speculation and narrative crafting the point is missed: Jordan Love has to prove he is capable and skilled enough to replace Rodgers. Unfortunately he was mediocre against high school caliber defenses in that powder puff division he played in. The prospects of this kid supplanting future HOFer Aaron Rodgers falls between slim and none.
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    in 2018, Jordan Love led Utah State to a 11-2 record and #22 ranking in the nation ahead of Boise State. That season he threw 32 tds against 6 ints.

  44. BB did with JimmyG in 2014. Brady didn’t like the attention given to Stidham like the attention given to JimmyG in 2014, because that is the attention Brady got in 2001 behind Bledsoe.

    BB lit a fire under Brady with it in 2014, but Brady did not have the fire last year, which was very telling to me as a Pats fan.

    Good move by GB for numerous reasons. If Rodgers pouts all year and gets defensive, you could actually trade him after 2020 and be rid of a possible problem in GB, while getting your cheaper QB of the future ahead of schedule.

    Rodgers is a bit of a diva, while Brady only became one in recent seasons.

  45. Raiders load up on WRs to test Carr. Carr fails. A-Rod gets a revival in the desert akin to R Gannon. Just as Raiders offense explodes, the world implodes.

  46. glac1 says:
    April 25, 2020 at 11:59 am
    but when New England bolstered their ground game three years ago the reports said the franchise was a genius for making life easier on Tom Brady. Imagine how much more effective a Rodgers can be with a balanced attack.. Not only easier on him but make him more lethal..

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    Right, but look how Brady reacted last year. BB gave him the #1 D, awesome coverage units, which mean short fields constantly and extra drives compared to other QBs.

    And, they had really, really good RBs in terms of depth and varying skill sets. Damian Harris, 4th rd out of Bama in 2019, couldn’t even dress, that’s how deep they were at RB. And they were all healthy, but Brady didn’t want it.

    The ego was gone.

    We shall see how Rodgers reacts. Whether it’s how Brady reacted in 2014 with JimmyG, in a positive way, or if he did what he did last year with Stidham progressing so well, it bothered him after the BB lowball contract offer in late August, which sealed his fate.

    I would say, Rodgers has nothing to fear, since without OTAs or a camp this summer likely, Love won’t be ready to go necessarily in 2021.

    Good move by GB, though.

  47. I do not have a horse in this race but as usual, the author has created a sensational story line void of facts along with his normal hint of disdain for Viking opponents. First of all the TE they selected is not a blocking specialist for the running game as this article suggests. He is undersized, known for his hands and ability to get open. He stacks up well with the college stats of pass catching alumni Travis Kelce. Secondly if you get to a point in the draft where your board is void of the position talent you covet (in this case WR), smart GM’s draft value at another position or move down. Love has widely been labeled with the best arm in the draft but needs years of development. QB is the most important position on any team and Rodgers has been injured in the past. Rodger’s salary does not allow this team the luxury of a high priced, veteran backup. How many WR’s went before the Packers picked? They had their eye on Aiyuk. Once SF leaped up to get him, Love was at the top of their board. Maybe the Packers could have moved down but saw Love as a critical position stand out value at that point. Teams have to think both short and long term every day. The biased, click bait author clearly avoided these facts to lay the ground for countless, future articles on this created storyline.

  48. “stew48 says:
    April 25, 2020 at 11:54 am
    To all you genious types: At the end of 2020 season, check how well the Bengals did in comparison to Redskins. [blah blah blah]”

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    Hey, genius, what does “genious” mean?

    You show how little you understand this game (not to mention 5th grade spelling) in your first sentence. Check this out:

    IN CINCINNATI: Okay Joe, as starting QB, you’ve gotta learn our run game, protections for our run game, our passing game, protections for our passing game, and tendencies of each defense we play each week. Oh yeah, and you’ll be expected to contribute somewhat to our weekly game plan (a duty that will grow as you get better and smarter). You also need to develop into a true leader on an NFL level, as you will be the face of this franchise now for at least a few years. This whole process shouldn’t take more than a year or three.

    MEANWHILE, DOWN IN WASHINGTON: Hey Chase! See the guy under center? Go get him!!!

    Yeah, let’s compare them after one season. Because that’s gonna tell the whole story. :eyeroll:

  49. The commitment to bolstering the run game, evident in rounds two and three of the draft, has left Aaron Rodgers with no immediate assistance when it comes to either helping him do his job better or giving him a chance to do his job at all.
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    Last I checked, having a solid running game is a quarterback’s best friend. Ask John Elway or Dak Prescott.

  50. tylawspick6 says:
    April 25, 2020 at 12:17 pm
    glac1 says:
    April 25, 2020 at 11:59 am
    but when New England bolstered their ground game three years ago the reports said the franchise was a genius for making life easier on Tom Brady. Imagine how much more effective a Rodgers can be with a balanced attack.. Not only easier on him but make him more lethal..

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    Right, but look how Brady reacted last year. BB gave him the #1 D, awesome coverage units, which mean short fields constantly and extra drives compared to other QBs.

    And, they had really, really good RBs in terms of depth and varying skill sets. Damian Harris, 4th rd out of Bama in 2019, couldn’t even dress, that’s how deep they were at RB. And they were all healthy, but Brady didn’t want it.

    The ego was gone.

    We shall see how Rodgers reacts. Whether it’s how Brady reacted in 2014 with JimmyG, in a positive way, or if he did what he did last year with Stidham progressing so well, it bothered him after the BB lowball contract offer in late August, which sealed his fate.

    I would say, Rodgers has nothing to fear, since without OTAs or a camp this summer likely, Love won’t be ready to go necessarily in 2021.

    Good move by GB, though.
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    TYlaw, you keep saying this. The fact is that NE, had no running game most of last season. The running game started to come around only towards the end of the season. Even then it wasn’t great.

    Brady had only 2 players that he could rely on in the passing game,Edelman and White Who is a running back. The TEs were a joke. So most of the season Brady had a handcuffed passing game & a weak rushing attack. Hopefully, for you, the young players who were on IR last year will be healthy and play well. Obviously, Stidham also has to play well for the Pats to have any real success.

  51. This is nonsense

    Strengthening the running game helps the passing game. When you’re one dimensional you get shut down.

  52. Maybe Rodgers will be so fired up they can move him to linebacker so that he can stop the run. I’m not sure the Packers have anyone else who can do it.

  53. I’m amazes at how the Packer continue to churn out HOF QBs. Love must feel incredibly fortunate to be headed to the most successful franchise in NFL history.

  54. In January, the Packers learned the hard way that a team with a great running game will beat a team with an all-time great quarterback
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    Sorry Rodgers has not been all time great for a few years now. In fact he was integral in losing that game.

  55. “He’s already great when he is just chill,” Bakhtiari said. “But when I’ve seen him when he gets riled up. . . . Woooo! Getting my hair raised up right now, thinking about this.”
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    Why Rodgers has a crappy all time record. He needs this type of motivation to show up.

  56. They knew how to get Brett Favre to retire in 2008 (i.e., ask him for a firm decision in February, when they knew he’d be inclined to walk away), and they know (or at least believe they know) how to get Rodgers to be the one to ask for a divorce.
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    The Packers were scared of Favre going to the Vikings. I have never before or since seen one football team scared of another football team

  57. Rodgers loves strong running games and defense, he had a big smile on his face all last season when those two phases were playing well

  58. buckdaddy24 says:
    April 25, 2020 at 11:59 am
    I’ve never seen the greatness everyone talks about in Rodgers. He’s a good QB and he’s 36. Teams replace veteran players all the time. Love appears to need 2 seasons of coaching and seasoning.
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    Then you probably haven’t seen a lot of football then. Rodgers has had a career of crazy highlights that has made him a legend. Just a few seasons ago, he was injured pretty badly against the Bears where he came back to lead the Packers from down 17 points to win. His playoff performance against the cowboys where he threw a crazy pinpoint accurate pass to Jared Cook down the sideline while under pressure in the clutch. Those are 2 examples of many highlight plays Rodgers has had in his Hall of Fame career.

    Rodgers has had his greatness wasted by a weak defense throughout most of his career. HOF’er Dan Marino had to deal with the same thing. It is a team sport, if your defense can’t stop anybody, you aren’t going to win very many playoff games.

  59. First, no NFL QB, let alone a top 10 QB, should need a “fire” lit under him — that should be there regardless.

    Second, the Love draft move is completely understandable — if it were to have occurred next year.

    Third, unless Rodgers confirms he’s ticked, which I doubt he’d ever admit publicly anyhow, this speculation, while entertaining, makes little sense.

  60. ….. or …. they’ve given Aaron further weapons to make the attack more well rounded, and the receivers they’ve got can handle the challenge.

  61. fordbw says:
    April 25, 2020 at 1:36 pm
    The Packers went 13-3 last year. What the heck are they doing?

    that was a ref assisted mirage.

  62. Im shocked. I thought Rodgers had complete control of all GB personnel decisions (see last HC).

  63. Rodgers isn’t going anywhere, good Lord. Until Rodgers speaks for himself, verbatim, I will not pay attention to any clickbait that purports to know how he thinks and feels.

  64. The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success remains to be Aaron Rodgers, as the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers. Nothing has changed.

  65. Wow watching Ted Thompson draft truly is amazing. Sleeping at the wheel once again.

  66. Rodgers isn’t an ALL TIME great quarterback he’s Brett favre 2.0!! Look at their numbers they are almost IDENTICAL, and yes he’s great, but he’s not ALL TIME great

  67. If you need to spend a first & fourth round pick for the chance to light a fire under your QB then you have bigger issues

  68. Everyone keeps saying this will light a fire under Rodgers. I doubt it. I think it might cause him to throw away more passes, and to force his way out.

  69. h0metownzero says:
    April 25, 2020 at 12:49 pm
    I’m amazes at how the Packer continue to churn out HOF QBs. Love must feel incredibly fortunate to be headed to the most successful franchise in NFL history.
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    Churn out HOF QB’s?
    Rodgers is it. Favre was drafted by Atlanta and traded to GB.
    Who are the others? Randy Wright, Majkowski, Brohm, Kizer , Hundley, Callahan, ……????

  70. stellarperformance says:
    April 25, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success remains to be Aaron Rodgers, as the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers. Nothing has changed.

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    For today this present time yes….duh. Rodgers has been injury prone his whole career. Just wait until he gets a concussion or breaks another collarbone and Love steps in, lights it up. What Then? Rodgers will not last another 3 years on the current deal. The Packers organization created this Stefon Diggs type situation, they knew it would cause friction but the Packer brass did it any way which is sending a clear message to Rodgers. WE run the team you do not.

    You Packers fans, the organization have created this Frankenstein named Aaron Rodgers, who I’m gonna start calling Frankenrodgers. Frankenrodgers is gonna turn on his owners just like Karloff did in the 1931 epic classic film. Its never been about the Packers or the team, its always been about Aaron Rodgers since the day Farve left.

    The pick to me sends a clear message that A A Ron’s time with Green Bay is coming to an end. Frankenrodgers should have taken note on how the organization treated Farve on the way out. Frankenrodgers will not help nor mentor Love.

    BUT BUT WE WERE 13-3 last year….last year doesn’t matter now. Now you have a “schism” in YOUR locker room. Oh sure they will play nice for a while and try to keep it outta the media but Frankenrodgers is a wiseass. He will obfuscate answers drink Orange Crush post game interviews because he’ll probably wanna go to Denver.

    So to kill the monster the Packers will have to trade the monster.

    I Frankenrodgers!

  71. brownietheelf32 says:
    April 25, 2020 at 11:29 am
    A lot of words, little substance. Missed among all the innuendo, speculation and narrative crafting the point is missed: Jordan Love has to prove he is capable and skilled enough to replace Rodgers.
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    Nobody is saying Love will replace Rodgers.
    The issue is that Rodgers wants help and the coach and GM didn’t draft any help in the first 3 rounds.
    And Rodgers isn’t happy. A teammate has stated that Rodgers is hot.

  72. Aaron got Mike McCarthy fired and now his replacement, LaFleur is about to get Aaron fired. Life is strange.

  73. I get that Rodgers is mercurial, I understand that, but refusing to improve your team because it might be considered kow-towing to your own player is just stupid. Yeah, Rodgers wants receivers. But it would make your team better, so why not do it? It’s Gute’s job to help the Packers win a championship, but instead he’s “planning for the future” when he’s so close right now.

  74. When the Packers essentially pushed Bret Favre out the door it was Rodgers who didn’t seem bothered by it. Shoe is on the other foot and he’s now upset. I wonder what Brett thinks about this. I mean what he really thinks about it.

  75. I’m betting Aaron will hold his breath until he turns blue or cause other disruptions with the hope that Belichick will trade for him

  76. beachsidejames says:
    April 25, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    When the Packers essentially pushed Bret Favre out the door it was Rodgers who didn’t seem bothered by it. Shoe is on the other foot and he’s now upset. I wonder what Brett thinks about this. I mean what he really thinks about it.
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    The Packers did no such thing. Favre RETIRED, and after the Packers set their team up to move on, Favre wanted to unretire. Favre made it all about HIM, not the Packers. Not buying the revisionist history.

  77. Hey LaFleur and Gutekunst. Here’s a hint: Rodgers doesn’t need the money. He could retire today. There is nothing stopping him from turning in his retirement papers today other than some bonus money he’d have to return. Think about it.

  78. cheeseisfattening says:
    April 25, 2020 at 2:04 pm
    fordbw says:
    April 25, 2020 at 1:36 pm
    The Packers went 13-3 last year. What the heck are they doing?

    that was a ref assisted mirage.

    ——-

    that was an envious Vikings troll’s excuse.

  79. What’s the point of having Aaron Rodgers on your roster, and paying him that much, but not bothering to build a competent offense around him?

    Salary cap is part of it, sure, but the near-complete absence of any help in the draft, for years, is baffling.

    It’s like a “win never” strategy – get the single most important choice right, and then just stop there.

  80. Rodgers will look great in Patriot Silver and Blue and Red. Would love to see Rodgers as a Pat vs Brady as a Buc in the Super Bowl!!!

    Make the trade happen Pats!!!

  81. I’m so sick of Aaron Rodgers.

    I wish he would just go away.

    And take your State Farm commercials with you.

  82. Real Packers fans understand what the Packers are doing and know the truth about Aaron Rodgers.
    The haters hate everything Packers and everything Aaron Rodgers. It all stems from jealousy.

  83. stellarperformance says:
    April 25, 2020 at 2:19 pm
    Rodgers isn’t going anywhere, good Lord. Until Rodgers speaks for himself, verbatim, I will not pay attention to any clickbait that purports to know how he thinks and feels.

    @@@@@@222

    Looks like you’re paying attention

  84. stew48 says:
    April 25, 2020 at 11:54 am
    To all you genious types:

    ^^^^^with an opening statement like this I’ll just disregard anything else this GENIUS has to say

  85. Oh yes the Packers certainly pushed Brett out the door. If you remember every time Brett had an off game from being nicked up they held Arron Rogers over head. Its no wonder he eventually walked (Retired). Now, they are doing the same to Mr. Rogers with Love or are about to. At the time the Pack was mis-treating Favre Rogers was acting like the sweet original Mr.Rogers. Just a nice guy. Well, now that nice guy should read the children’s book about the goose and the gander.

  86. charliecharger says:
    April 25, 2020 at 10:36 am

    The teams winning super bowls have the best QB’s, and they’re winning because of those QB’s.
    __________________________________

    Trent Dilfer: Here, hold my beer!

  87. randalpnaditch says:
    April 25, 2020 at 7:08 pm
    stew48 says:
    April 25, 2020 at 11:54 am
    To all you genious types:

    ^^^^^with an opening statement like this I’ll just disregard anything else this GENIUS has to say
    _______________________________________

    And let’s not leave out those that use “hater”, nothing intelligent ever follows that!

  88. You’d love that Florio. Your Vikings thinking they have a chance then. LF new offense is pound and ground … even moreso than your team.

  89. “In January, the Packers learned the hard way that a team with a great running game will beat a team with an all-time great quarterback in a single-elimination setting.”

    And what lesson was taught 2 weeks later when that same team with a great running game was beaten by a team with an all-time great quarterback in the Super Bowl?

    Talk about drawing the wrong conclusions…

  90. The Packers had Favre when they drafted Rodgers. Rodgers sat for a while before becoming the starter. Why do you now assume Rodgers has to be shuttled out of town immediately? It makes no sense. Love wouldn’t be ready yet, and the cap hits make trading Rodgers way too expensive.

  91. Extreme liberal Rodgers couldn’t stand up Love and talk bad about him and the selection because his own liberal media would call him racist and slam him. Hilarious how that works

  92. After readIng the headline above, is it any different than “Meghan Markle and Prince Harry seem to be on their way to a divorce?” Ludicrous.

  93. Steve Cunningham says:
    April 25, 2020 at 7:37 pm
    charliecharger says:
    April 25, 2020 at 10:36 am

    The teams winning super bowls have the best QB’s, and they’re winning because of those QB’s.
    __________________________________

    Trent Dilfer: Here, hold my beer!
    —-
    So you choose an outlier against a true statement. Dilfer won due to an historic defense. That super bowl was 19 years ago.

  94. thermanmerman99 says:
    April 25, 2020 at 8:26 pm
    Extreme liberal Rodgers couldn’t stand up Love and talk bad about him and the selection because his own liberal media would call him racist and slam him. Hilarious how that works
    ==
    You have a very strange sense of humor. You completely made up a convoluted “liberal” conspiracy on something that isn’t remotely political whatsoever. Nobody is laughing except you and the voice in your head.

  95. stew48 says:
    April 25, 2020 at 11:54 am
    To all you genious types: At the end of 2020 season, check how well the Bengals did in comparison to Redskins. Why? The DE for skins will outshine bengals’ qb. Conclusion is that great teams shine on defense FIRST, the then qb contributes more. Historically true, epecially with rise of the Steelers. You don’t remember the “Steel Curtain”? A lot of opponents do. And, mouthy Terry was not the best member of the team. My choice was a close nod to Greene over Lambert.

    ——————-

    First of all it’s spelled genius.

    2nd of all your talking 1970s and 1980s smashmouth football. The game has changed. Who won the Superbowl? The team with the better defense or the one with the great quarterback?

  96. I wish the Lions would divorce Stafford. 10 years in and the guy still hasn’t won

  97. Aaron Rodgers will show his leadership and humanity by mentoring Jordan Love in a way he wasn’t mentored. This season of self quarantine will draw out the best of #12. He will surprise a-lot of people with his goodness and graciousness to Jordan Love. He will make Wisconsin proud! Just wait and see.

  98. The best managers are ones that have the courage and foresight to trade a player just after his prime for worthwhile compensation. This keeps the team healthy over the long term. Bill Belichick is of course great at this. He tried to do this with Tom Brady and Gronk among countless others (but Kraft stepped in).

    I feel like this is what the Packers are doing with Rogers. They hope they can bring in a player with relevant skills for the future to be mentored under Rogers for a couple of years. They can then trade a still-very-good Rogers when he is age 38 for some picks.

    Who knows how A-A-Ron actually feels about this but I wouldn’t be surprised if he is angry. He has never struck me as much of a team player. How are you supposed to feel when you are the one thing that keeps this team relevant year after year? The packers may deserve some blame for never offering Rogers 1st round offensive players over the years. But those days are behind us.

    This was a good pick by the packers. They are thinking long term and are willing to ruffle the feathers of their tempermental BOAT QB.

  99. The coach wants a qb who will run his offense, not Rodger’s pass oriented offense, and getting rid of Rodgers frees up a lot of cap space for new players. Defense wins championships. Even one of the best qbs of all time cannot win a Lombardi all by himself. The only year Rodgers won a ring was the year the Packers have Woodson and other good defensive players and the D played great that year.

  100. mumfio says:
    April 25, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    So you choose an outlier against a true statement. Dilfer won due to an historic defense. That super bowl was 19 years ago.
    __________________________

    OK how about Foles a career back-up, Wilson in his 2nd year that benefitted from having a great D, a D that held the Broncos to 8 points after the averaged nearly 38 PPG, Eli who also had a great D that held the high flying Pats who averaged over 30PPG to 14 & 17 points or Brad Johnson who also benefitted from a great D. The facts say that the D is just as much of a reason a team wins the SB more often than the QB.

    And here’s a little FYI, over the last 20yrs 11 times the team that won the SB had a QB on their rookie deal, so the argument could be made that a team with a QB that doesn’t cap strap the team has a better chance of winning it all! Once these guys demand and get the huge contract that team hardly if ever gets back to a SB, no matter how great the QB is, it takes a team to win the BIG GAME.

    Offense sells tickets, defense wins Championships, PERIOD!

    BTW, only 4 times since the salary cap was instituted has a QB that cost his team more than 10% of the cap won the SB, if that isn’t a telling stat I don’t know what is.
    You people that think it takes a great QB to win the SB are so wrong, it takes a “TEAM”, one person can’t do it by themselves!

  101. rogers just needs to focus on doing his job better. what has limited him at qb is lack of leadershipe skills particularly in the clutch. no one expects to approach brady greatness, but they can win with him.

  102. Did it really matter who gb drafted?

    aaron’s gonna openly throw his teammates under the bus at training camp anyway.

  103. Green Bay philosophy is to not get better now, but be prepared to be ready for 2022. Tampa Bay basically goes all in for a Tom Brady timeframe that should be over by 2022. As a fan, which way do you choose?

  104. Has there ever been a team that completely squandered 2 hall of fame quarterbacks like the Packers have? You have Favre and Rodgers, and can only eke out 2 Super Bowl wins?

  105. 27 receivers taken in the deepest WR class in draft history and Packers pick 0. What an awful draft and trash F.O. They’re going to be garbage next season.

  106. The Packers have squandered the talents of TWO of pro football’s better quarterbacks in Favre and Rodgers for 27 straight years. Fourth and thirteenth in career yards, number 4 and number 8 in career TDs and all they have is two Super Bowls in 52 years to show for all of that talent. I hope Rodgers goes to Chicago. Once they wave Trubisky, Foles will be a quality backup for him as they dismantle the NFCN lol.

  107. Wasn’t there a problem last year with LaFluer and Rodgers supposedly being at odds? Then they go 13-3, win the division and reach the NFCCG.

    Now we have to do this all over again?

    SMH.

  108. First, with the second wave of Covid19 expected in October, there likely wont be a 2020 NFL season.
    Second, in a ‘What have you done for me lately” sense, Aaron Rodgers is an average NFL quarterback these days. It isnt 2010 anymore.
    Also, the Packers played a lot of backup quarterbacks last season with a healthy Rodgers leading to a lot of takes that the Packers were the worst 2 seed in NFL history, and this was demonstrated by getting destroyed by San Fransisco in a laugher. Outscored 50-0 in the first halves of the two times they faced the best team in the NFC. In short, the Packers are not a good team.
    If the Packers are forced to trade Rodgers they could do so after June 1 and only lose about 14.5 mil in cap hits, so it’s POSSIBLE to trade the diva QB.
    Cam Newton is still available.

  109. Steve Cunningham says:
    April 25, 2020 at 11:20 pm
    mumfio says:
    April 25, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    So you choose an outlier against a true statement. Dilfer won due to an historic defense. That super bowl was 19 years ago.
    __________________________

    OK how about Foles a career back-up, Wilson in his 2nd year that benefitted from having a great D, a D that held the Broncos to 8 points after the averaged nearly 38 PPG, Eli who also had a great D that held the high flying Pats who averaged over 30PPG to 14 & 17 points or Brad Johnson who also benefitted from a great D. The facts say that the D is just as much of a reason a team wins the SB more often than the QB.

    And here’s a little FYI, over the last 20yrs 11 times the team that won the SB had a QB on their rookie deal, so the argument could be made that a team with a QB that doesn’t cap strap the team has a better chance of winning it all! Once these guys demand and get the huge contract that team hardly if ever gets back to a SB, no matter how great the QB is, it takes a team to win the BIG GAME.

    Offense sells tickets, defense wins Championships, PERIOD!

    BTW, only 4 times since the salary cap was instituted has a QB that cost his team more than 10% of the cap won the SB, if that isn’t a telling stat I don’t know what is.
    You people that think it takes a great QB to win the SB are so wrong, it takes a “TEAM”, one person can’t do it by themselves!

    Then why aren’t the 49ers the super bowl champs? They had the more complete team than the Chiefs. The Eagles won against the Pats on a single play, a strip sack. The Pats outplayed the Eagles otherwise despite being the inferior team that day, except at QB. Russel Wilson has been named to seven Pro Bowls and has started in two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XLVIII. He holds the record for most wins by an NFL quarterback through seven seasons (75) and is one of two quarterbacks in NFL history with a career passer rating over 100.

  110. Favre and rodgers and only 2 superbowl wins? What? The Packers have more superbowl wins with those 2 guys than most teams in the league. The lions and vikings have never won a superbowl. I will take 2 in 27 years over none, ever.

  111. ‘I am sick of hear about Rodgers not being happy, he ran one coach out of town’You can’t be referring to McCarthy as he should been fired after that epic choke against Seattle in the NFCCG.

  112. After the 2020 draft AR will welcome the end in GB. Gute & MLF were awful during the draft.

  113. slyder1969 says:
    Favre and rodgers and only 2 superbowl wins? What? The Packers have more superbowl wins with those 2 guys than most teams in the league. The lions and vikings have never won a superbowl. I will take 2 in 27 years over none, ever.
    ————–
    According to broadcasters on ESPN, Rodgers is more talented than Brady and Montana. So yes, 1 Superbowl win is a major underachievement.

  114. This spin out of Wisconsin is dizzy-ing.

    Rodgers said: “we haven’t picked a skill player in the first round in 15 years, so that would be kind of cool.”

    3 draft picks in rounds 1-4 were spent on backups to skill positions. They not only used their 1st rounder on a developmental QB, they had to give up a 4th round pick move up a few slots to do it!

    Didn’t hear a peep from any Packers loyalist prior to the draft express any desire for a QB & RB in the early rounds in the draft. Give me a break. It’s all post-draft spin.

    Ya’ll hoping Love is a HoF. Hope is not a strategy.

  115. Whoever brought up Gruden, Rodgers to Oakland makes a lot of sense. If not this year then next year.

  116. > I wish the Lions would divorce Stafford. 10 years in and the guy still hasn’t won

    The problem isn’t Stafford, my friend. The problem is the rest of the Lions organization.

  117. “rogers just needs to focus on doing his job better. what has limited him at qb is lack of leadershipe skills particularly in the clutch. no one expects to approach brady greatness, but they can win with him.”

    —————————–

    You mention Brady, but you don’t mention Gronk, Edelman, Amendola, or Hogan. That’s who Brady’s thrown to the last three years. Rodgers hasn’t had a number two, or even a tight end, since Nelson was shown the door. Cobb was in decline, and Adams was the only one that was a real threat. So no, it was not just Rodgers. Brady won because he was good and had a good team around him. It’s not simply because the quarterback just feels like it sometimes.

  118. If A-ROD was smart he would put DANICA in charge of collisions…
    funny to note…the QB situation in GREEN BAY now is A_ROD & J_LO (jarred love)

  119. Bakhtiari explained that the anger would become motivation for Rodgers.

    “He’s already great when he is just chill,” Bakhtiari said. “But when I’ve seen him when he gets riled up. . . . Woooo! Getting my hair raised up right now, thinking about this.”

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

    I’ve been saying the whole time that’s why they drafted a QB, to get the most out of A Rod AND prepare for the future too.

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