Packers regard notion that Aaron Rodgers was told he’d be traded as “unequivocally false”

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As the Aaron Rodgers saga continues, a persistent contention lingers in league circles. The Packers regard it as hogwash.

There’s a belief that Rodgers was under the impression that the Packers had agreed to trade him, at some point during the offseason. The claim that Rodgers was told he’d be traded was first mentioned, as best I can tell, by Trey Wingo during the flood of nuggets that began two weeks ago today, the first day of the draft.

Recently, PFT has heard the same thing: Rodgers, as the story goes, believes the Packers told him they’d trade him, and that the Packers have since reversed course.

Per a team source, the Packers regard the notion that Rodgers was told he’d be traded as “unequivocally false.”

Taking it a step farther, the Packers weren’t even aware that Rodgers believed he’d be traded before the reporting on this specific point emerged. If, as some believe, some sort of misunderstanding arose during the communications between player and team, at some point someone from Rodgers’ camp would have said to the Packers, “Wait, we thought you said you were trading him?” That, we’re told, hasn’t happened.

While a verbal commitment (if one was made) to trade Rodgers would not be enforceable, it would further explain his reported discontent with the team. Not only did they trade up to draft his eventual replacement without telling him but they also (if a trade commitment was made) reneged on their word to let him continue his career elsewhere.

Again, it’s possible Rodgers believes that such a promise was made, and it’s possible that no such promise was actually made. Even then, it’s logical to think that the Packers would have heard about this at some point before it was reported on April 29.

The Packers nevertheless continue to hold all the cards. If they choose not to trade him, Rodgers has two choices: Play for the Packers or play for no one. The former includes playing football and being paid $14.7 million in additional salary this year. The latter entails sitting out, losing the salary, paying back $23 million in unearned signing bonus money, and giving up the $6.8 million roster bonus earned earlier this offseason.

Unless the Packers suddenly decide to trade Rodgers, we’ll soon find out whether Rodgers will select Door No. 1 or Door No. 2.

65 responses to “Packers regard notion that Aaron Rodgers was told he’d be traded as “unequivocally false”

  1. They agreed to trade before a suddenly motivated Rodgers had an MVP season

  2. This is like doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. It doesn’t sound like either one of them has their act together.

  3. yes the Packers hold all the cards (for now) but what are they going to look like if they put one of the best QBs in the game on the shelf and off the TV screen. You might think they have 4 aces but in reality they do not. Once they are starting Jordan Love and go 8-8 and their fans realize they acquired no assets for their future team building process they will realize that the worm has turned.

  4. He will show up and not play a down and collect his money$
    Believe you me Aaron did not take all those acting lessons
    for nothing! Watch him execute the soar arm drill or maybe
    bad Migraines?

  5. Well there’s zero chance, after all that’s been put out in the media, that the Packers are gonna admit that they agreed to trade him, if they did. I also think it’s equally unlikely that Rodgers just made that up.

  6. Why any team would want to keep such a disruptive person on their roster is beyond me. Sure, he’s a good QB . . . . during regular season games, but he kind of sucks in the playoffs, etc. He is not coachable and derides all the concerns his team management has regarding his continued play changing in order to increase his stats. Add to that the fact that he is a petulant whiner . . . . .LET HIM GO!

  7. It’s Rodgers camp, playing the victim again. I 💯 believe no agreement was ever made. He’s just trying to make them look bad. I can’t wait to see how this unfolds, although it sucks to be a Packer fan right now. They don’t deserve this.

  8. Nah, he’ll be traded in June. If he’s still there, he’ll leave on his own terms in the future.

  9. Ummmm………there is a door number 3 and that would be for Rodgers to say “sue me”. They it would get to what you lawyers say is the discovery phase. Now, that would be interesting as to what was really said/done/promissed, etc

  10. I’m thinking it’s more and more likely that there was a loose acknowledgement between both parties that “Yeah yeah Aaron, we don’t expect you to spend your ENTIRE career in Green Bay… but let’s just get through this year first and we can talk options for the future afterward”. Aaron and his camp probably took that to mean “Let’s ball out this season as an advertisement to the other 31 teams and then try to see which one we can get traded to!”. Pretty sure that was not even close to what the team was implying.

  11. “Not only did they trade up to draft his eventual replacement without telling him …”

    Why do you keep pushing this point as if the club was in some way obligated to check with any player regarding club business matters. And that includes the who, when and why they are drafting a player. Is Aaron great? Yes, but he’s still a player on the roster.

  12. He won’t be giving up that money. He will be playing for the Pack this year.
    And the league believes so too.
    Based on the scheduling of:
    1) Multiple PrimeTime games
    2) Scheduling their LAST Divisional game (again..) at HOME for them. This year against the Vikings.

  13. I like how Rodgers camp has remained publicly quiet on the whole matter, while Green Bay continue to come off as a bunch of bumbling buffoons.

  14. he doth protest too much. there is something to this. just leave and be done clown

  15. mnpackfan says:
    May 13, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Is Aaron’s Green Bay home for sale? Has he cancelled his CC membership?

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    Actually, Aaron Rodgers sold his house in Green Bay in 2017.

  16. “Ummmm………there is a door number 3 and that would be for Rodgers to say “sue me”. They it would get to what you lawyers say is the discovery phase. Now, that would be interesting as to what was really said/done/promissed, etc”
    __________

    That’s not how discovery works. You don’t get to ask just anything you feel like knowing the answers to; there has to be some relevancy to the lawsuit and there’s nothing prohibiting the Packers from considering trading him. They’d be able to just decline answering any questions like that because they’d be irrelevant to whether Rodgers owed them the bonus back.

  17. Let’s set the record straight for those who think Rodgers is right to feel slighted.

    Drafting Love as a “replacement” in 2020 made perfect sense given Rodgers’ injuries in 2017 & 2018 & Packers had no decent backup. In 2019, he had the lowest QBR of his career: 52.5; that was 20th best for NFL QBs that year.

    Rodgers W-L stats from injury years:

    2013: 6-3 (clavicle fracture, missed 7 games) – Packers record: 8-7-1
    2017: 4-3 (second clavicle fracture) – Packers record: 7-9
    2018: 6-9-1 (MCL sprain, 1st game; concussion, last game) – Packers record: 6-9-1
    2019: 13-3 (no injuries).

    Failure to draft “WR” talent: During Brady’s entire career in NE, Patriots selected a WR in the first round only once – N’Keal Harry; didn’t work out too well. Randy Moss was “washed up” when they traded for him in 2017.

  18. SAS721 says:
    May 13, 2021 at 11:57 am

    I like how Rodgers camp has remained publicly quiet on the whole matter, while Green Bay continue to come off as a bunch of bumbling buffoons.

    What are you talking about? Every day a different player or former player, “close to Aaron” tells us what their conversations with Aaron has revealed.

  19. Without Aaron – this will be a 3-win season for the Green Bay Packers … offensively get ready to hear the phrase “Three and Out” over and over again. Even if the defense has improved, they will wear down from being on the field so much each game. People will soon realize just how many roster warts and pimples this guy covers up. The front office has been living on his talents, and hasn’t given him the weapons that other teams have given their QB’s. We have wasted sooo many opportunities to get to the Super Bowl. The Green Bay Packers – the Dynasty That Never Was.

  20. The Green Bay Packers make decisions as fast as Congress. The city-owned team has so many fingers in the pie that it can’t just do something. Brett Favre went through the same thing. Green Bay will start the season. He will then go to an AFC team on the west coast next year. But like things in Congress, you gotta wait for it…

  21. Rodgers’ silence amidst this is only making the relationship far worse regardless of what reports are true and what are not. You can’t stay silent this long while the other side is taking grenades and trying to defend itself. This is not fixable. I don’t care if Rodgers and the FO make it seem like they’ll kiss and make up, it’s a guarantee they all hate each other. It’s human nature.

  22. June 1st can’t get here soon enough, when it’ll be public that he’ll be playing in Denver. A year too early, but a malcontent super-diva won’t be good in the GB locker room in ’21 so good riddance. Surtain, Sutton and (2) #1’s & a #2 ought to get the deal done.

  23. rompinonnie says:

    The Green Bay Packers make decisions as fast as Congress. The city-owned team has so many fingers in the pie that it can’t just do something.
    —————————
    Board of directors, CEO, GM, and Coach? Just like any other team right?

  24. I cannot understand why anyone would believe that the Packers “hold all the cards”.

    They have no leverage once the season starts. Assuming Love will ever be ready to be a started in this league, by all accounts he’s nowhere near that point. Add a notoriously impatient fanbase. Wait until the Packers are 1-6 after week 7 and tell me the Packers “hold all the cards”.

    The longer this goes on, the more leverage Aaron Rodgers has.

  25. I’ve never seen so much drama before, and to think it all revolves around a guy who’s playoff record is 11-8… Those aren’t exactly Hall worthy numbers

  26. Unequivocal pronouncements come from bureaucratic organizations that typically cannot get out of their on way because no one has power to get out of the way of the speeding train. Green Bay loses it is just when and how much.

  27. GB probably loosely told Aaron’s agent after they drafted Love they would trade Aaron the following year(now) but then they saw Love and realized they don’t have a NFL capable starting QB on the roster (unless Blake is the savior) if they traded Aaron. So realizing without Aaron they wouldn’t win very many games and have to explain the bad draft choice so they are quickly back tracking on everything trying to preserve some jobs like GM and Coach and maybe CEO.

  28. 2ruefan says:
    May 13, 2021 at 11:48 am
    He won’t be giving up that money. He will be playing for the Pack this year.
    And the league believes so too.
    Based on the scheduling of:
    1) Multiple PrimeTime games
    2) Scheduling their LAST Divisional game (again..) at HOME for them. This year against the Vikings.

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    1). Dude he’s got hell bank and could live off endorsements alone. Would not be surprised to see him in the broadcast both.

    2) I dont’ think Rodgers really cares if the games are primetime games or not. Most players do not like the prime time games because it throws their schedules off and prefer a noon start to a late game.

    3)Did you forget the physically dominating performance the Vikings put on the Packers at Lambeau?

  29. Packers hold all the cards? Rogers could never work again and be set for life. Outside of money and investments already made, he has endorsements and is engaged to a young Hollywood star.

    Sorry but if Rogers plays hardball and Love is not an instant Top 5 QB, and GB loses more than wins? Rogers has all the cards. At that point Packers have to trade him to get something to draft the next QB, or they have to fall on the sword and pay him.

  30. It smells like GB is trying to wait on that June 1 deadline, but I can’t figure out why they haven’t worked with him and Denver to just quiet this nonsense.

    GB’s attitude and defensiveness reeks of trying to control the narrative, but they are making it worse.

    If you are rejecting SFs offer, fine. But, go ahead and move him asap. It’s only going to get worse.

  31. Sam Goldwyn famously told us, “A verbal contract is not worth the paper it’s written on.”

    Same applies here.

  32. Aaron Rodgers has all the leverage because he saw what the coaches and GM saw: Jordan Love sucks. And if he plays, he will lose, expose Gutekunst and get him fired. Just watch Gute squirm when talking about Love

  33. rompinonnie says:
    May 13, 2021 at 12:20 pm
    The Green Bay Packers make decisions as fast as Congress. The city-owned team has so many fingers in the pie that it can’t just do something.
    – – – – – – – – – –
    This is it exactly. I’m not sure if I can answer which organization is more dysfunctional, the Packers FO or Congress. This makes me very sad as a Packers fan.

  34. Since their has been no word from Rodgers it is hard to tell how irked he is. I think he wants to make the Packers brass squirm.

  35. Can anyone prove anything or is it all he said, she said. Either way, on June 2nd, we should have an idea how this is all going to pan out.

  36. Somewhere Mike McCarthy is looking at the headlines and smiling. He was booted out of GB at the request of King Aaron where Packers management again bent a knee to his wants. Of course he now has to deal with Jerry Jones but not having to submit to his high-priced QB’s wants and needs has to be refreshing.

    It would be nice if Rodgers showed up like and adult and did his job that he’s paid about $2 million per game, but nothing in this world is at it was. Superstars call the shots.

    The King thinks he can screw up the Packers this way, but LaFleur’s offense doesn’t require a HOF QB to run it, just an efficient QB ala Bart Starr.

    Rodgers has lost me as a fan.

  37. If GB knows what’s good for them, they should have paid better attention to Houston as to what could happen if you don’t act quick enough.

  38. After what Brady did last season, the Packers would rather make Rodgers retire than trade him. They’d have legit concern he could win a Super Bowl for another team, which would mean Green Bay mgmt would have egg on their face. It’s much safer for them to just refuse to trade him anywhere.

  39. 6ringsnewengland says:
    May 13, 2021 at 11:25 am
    yes the Packers hold all the cards (for now) but what are they going to look like if they put one of the best QBs in the game on the shelf and off the TV screen. You might think they have 4 aces but in reality they do not. Once they are starting Jordan Love and go 8-8 and their fans realize they acquired no assets for their future team building process they will realize that the worm has turned.
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    Jordan Love is going to win 8 games in his first season as a starter? I think that’s a tad optimistic.

  40. Let’s set the record straight for those who think Rodgers is right to feel slighted.

    Drafting Love as a “replacement” in 2020 made perfect sense given Rodgers’ injuries in 2017 & 2018 & Packers had no decent backup. In 2019, he had the lowest QBR of his career: 52.5; that was 20th best for NFL QBs that year.

    Rodgers W-L stats from injury years:

    2013: 6-3 (clavicle fracture, missed 7 games) – Packers record: 8-7-1
    2017: 4-3 (second clavicle fracture) – Packers record: 7-9
    2018: 6-9-1 (MCL sprain, 1st game; concussion, last game) – Packers record: 6-9-1
    2019: 13-3 (no injuries).

    Failure to draft “WR” talent: During Brady’s entire career in NE, Patriots selected a WR in the first round only once – N’Keal Harry; didn’t work out too well. Randy Moss was “washed up” when they traded for him in 2017.

    —————————————————————————

    Yeah, let’s set the record straight. In Brady’s last Super Bowl in NE they held the Rams to 3 points. In Rodger’s last four NFCCG’s, the Packers defense has AVERAGED 33.75 point/game. The one year he had a real defense (2010), they won a Super Bowl. Over 20 seasons and 42 playoff games, neither Favre nor Rodgers has ever lost a playoff game when the defense held the opponent to less that 20 points. That’s not true for Brady.

    Anyone who looks at Rodger’s lack of support and only looks at the offense is missing the picture. For two decades with two HoF QBs, the common thread is good offense, bad defense. At some point if you want to win, you have to stop the opponent.

  41. You have to laugh when a viking fan makes fun of Rodgers’ 11-8 record in the playoffs. Gotta go back to go back to 1982 to get to 11 playoff wins for the Vikes but that’s not stopping this guy!

  42. In support of Jordan Love, Aaron Rodgers went 6-10 in his first year as a starter in 2005.

  43. icouldcareless says:
    May 13, 2021 at 12:38 pm
    I’ve never seen so much drama before, and to think it all revolves around a guy who’s playoff record is 11-8… Those aren’t exactly Hall worthy numbers

    zzzzzzzzzzzz

    P. Manning’s playoff record is 13-13…….

  44. I really have no idea what in the heck is going on, but I do know two things: (1) this has been pretty entertaining during the dead NFL news period; and (2) Rodgers is smarter than both Gutekunst and Murphy.

  45. The Packers hold all the cards including the Ace of Spades, also known as the Gutey. Remember the billboard on Hwy 41- WWGD, What Would Gutey Do?

  46. @ arnoldziffel
    That was kind of a “pig-headed” comment. (See what I did there?)

    No way on God’s Green-Acre earth is this team so bad that they win only 3 games without Rodgers. I agree he elevates them considerably but not by 9 or 10 games.

    Without Rodgers, this is about a 9-8 or 8-9 team. Unless the QB play is HORRIBLE or literally (a la Jameis Winston) gives away games with costly mistakes.

  47. lewsblues says:
    May 13, 2021 at 11:40 am
    “Not only did they trade up to draft his eventual replacement without telling him …”

    Why do you keep pushing this point as if the club was in some way obligated to check with any player regarding club business matters. And that includes the who, when and why they are drafting a player. Is Aaron great? Yes, but he’s still a player on the roster.

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    The Buccaneers told Brady they might select a QB. Brady was only with the team for one year.Not informing Rodgers they were selecting a QB was just poor personnel management especially when they made it to the NFC Championship game the previous season only to have their defense gashed by the run.

    But hey it’s the same franchise that took Datone Jones over Deandre Hopkins.

  48. The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success is still Aaron Rodgers. Nothing has changed.

  49. Rodgers needs to hold out a week of training camp and then show up ala #4 and starting raining all holy hell. Tell the media you don’t want to be there, set the record straight on exactly what was promised etc. Basically force them to cut you or trade you.

  50. It takes two to trade. If another team approached the Packers for a trade involving Rodgers, don’t you believe the Packers would have told Rodgers so? But if the other team at the last second didn’t want to pull the trigger (or meet the Packers demands), that’s the way it goes. They told him about it.

  51. Ok, so Rodgers is not a good QB he is a great QB! They have 3 great players and the rest of the roster is pretty mediocre. Rodgers is the only reason they are a perennial playoff team. If you trade him you will be getting end of the first round picks. Not top 15 type picks. And I’m so sick of hearing people say, “Rodgers is a baby, general manager does not need to consult him on moves” Of course they dont have to, but when the player is more important than the gm, coach, president or anyone else in your franchise then you are a fool to leave him out of the loop.

  52. Trade him and get on with it already why these teams try and make it work with players who don’t want to be there is beyond me get your payment and send him off. He’s not the last QB to ever play, holding on to the dude is pointless at this point.

  53. GB holds the cards? Uh, no. Check the salary cap. They had $2.6mil of space prior to signing Bortles. They can’t sign their rookies with what’s left. AR12 holds the cards and he knows it – his timing was impeccable. If they can’t sign him to a new deal, they have no choice but to trade him.

  54. Why would the Packers lie about anything? they know exactly how much Rodgers means to their continued success and playoff hopes.he means everything to them so why would they tell him they will trade him and become a second tier team when they know Jordan Love isnt ready to lead them.this as all Rodgers way of demanding he get his own way and more money.he will show up and play because he has too much to lose in holding an NFL team as ransom.

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