Aaron Rodgers seems to think the Packers planned to get rid of him after 2020

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Embedded in his lengthy people-person’s-paper-people monologue that painted a ridiculously unrealistic picture of life in the NFL, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers came dangerously close to clearly and plainly speaking his mind.

“A lot of this was put in motion last year,” he told a skillfully persistent Kenny Mayne on Monday night’s SportsCenter. “The wrench was just kind of thrown into it when I won the MVP and played the way I played last year. So this is just kind of I think the spill out of all that.”

It doesn’t take much brain power to decipher Rodgers’ meaning here, which qualifies me to do it. (Barely.) Rodgers thinks that, after the Packers surprisingly traded up in the first round of the 2020 draft to select quarterback Jordan Love, the Packers planned to flip the switch from Rodgers to Love after the next season. “The wrench” became Rodgers playing better than ever, becoming the league’s MVP, and forcing the Packers to abandon the plan to make the change.

The Packers now have to keep him, and they know it. He’s the reigning MVP. They can’t trade Rodgers, even if they’ll never get more for him than they’ll get right now. (No NFL MVP has ever played the next season with a new team; two of them — Norm Van Brocklin and Jim Brown — retired.)

Accurate or not, that’s how Rodgers views it. He thinks the front office drafted Love with the plan of moving on in 2021. Rodgers thinks his MVP season forced a re-evaluation of those plans. Rodgers thinks they’ll keep him for one more year, unless he can throw a second wrench in their plans.

Rodgers likely has other wrenches. Will he show up at training camp as skinny as he currently is? (He said he’s lost 15 pounds.) Will he be as prepared as he can be for the season? Or will he mail in the 2021 campaign, biding his time and in turn resulting in his next team giving up much less to get him once the Packers conclude that he indeed has slipped?

There’s much that still needs to be determined. For now, though, it’s safe to say that Rodgers has done nothing to quiet the rumors about his mindset. The only question is whether he’ll accept that the Packers aren’t trading him for 2021, or whether the organization eventually will conclude that it’s in the best interests of the team to get what they can for Rodgers and move on.

Given the reality that he’ll constantly be at odds with the front office all season long, maybe they should.

30 responses to “Aaron Rodgers seems to think the Packers planned to get rid of him after 2020

  1. What an insufferable diva. Surely the next guy can go 1-5 in NFC championship games too. So MOVE OVER, buddy.

  2. I get why he’s not happy but he’s also not being realistic. As great as he is he is still 37 years old playing a game where most guys are long since retired by his age and where one single play could end his career. Of course the Packers are going to have an eye to the future just like every other team. Anybody trading for him will expect him to the missing piece, hopefully win a title within a year or two, and then they’ll also be looking to move on to a younger guy. That’s just how it is in the NFL.

  3. GB front office are too-clever-by-half boneheads, simple as that. But, they are smart enough not to be known as the crew that traded AR.

  4. Rodgers is a very smart man with no common sense. This diva will go down as a good QB to a very good QB depending on who is talking about him. Look at all the talent he has has and only one Super Bowl ring. I myself consider a great 16 game QB, but that’s all.
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  5. Caring as much as he does about what people think of him and not wanting to look like a diva, he will eventually cave and return to the team with some sort of deal that looks better on the surface than it really is. He will then claim that he never said he wanted to leave GB and that the media made something out of nothing, even though he leaked the original speculation. His fawning fans will, of course, believe him, but the rest of us have seen his act before.

  6. Who the heck thinks the Packers ever had any intention of transitioning to Love in 2021?

    Love was a project from the moment he was drafted, and everyone knew it. He’s not a Patrick Mahomes-type QB who just needed a little seasoning on the bench before he took over. He is, ironically, an Aaron Rodgers-type QB–a major project with a very high ceiling, but needing a LOT of work coming out of college before he would be ready to play in the NFL.

    He was never going to be ready to take over last season, and he was never going to be ready to take over this season, either–even before the pandemic gutted the last off-season and put him even further behind schedule.

    The transition season would have been 2022 at the earliest, and probably 2023–and that was assuming Rodgers’ play continued to decline, which obviously didn’t happen.

  7. After Jordan loves pre season performance i would keep him as long as possible.

  8. Prediction….Rodgers comes back amid high tensions, just before regular season starts. He plays zero in preseason. He gets hurt in game 3. He never plays for Packers again. Packers go 8-9 with Love at QB.

  9. “Accurate or not, that’s how Rodgers views it. He thinks the front office drafted Love with the plan of moving on in 2021. Rodgers thinks his MVP season forced a re-evaluation of those plans. Rodgers thinks they’ll keep him for one more year, unless he can throw a second wrench in their plans.”

    He’s not the only one that thinks those things. Most were said in the media at the time of the pick and then during and at the end of the season when he played so well. I’ve said it before, Love is Gutie’s version of Favre and Rodgers. His ego led him to pick what he thought would be his legacy and they’d move on and wouldn’t he look so smart. The problem is two fold: Rodgers didn’t decline and Love (by the team’s own admission) is no where near ready to lead a playoff caliber team and likely won’t be.

    Can it be fixed? No. After listening to Rodgers he either gets traded (if Gutie is smart) or retires (if Gutie isn’t). Either way, and no matter who you think is at fault, losing an MVP QB is Gutie’s legacy. Well done.

  10. packers management is done.
    they will try to find out how to fire murphy gutekunst and ball.
    but they also will lose Rodgers for nothing, 3rd round like in the Favre trade.
    and the 70’s will be back to green bay.
    so people talking about diva now will have 10-15 years watching divas in others team and enjoying brian brohm like QBs for decades

  11. Love AR, but:
    Pack drafted Don Horn No. 1 – Bart played
    Pack drafted Rich Campbell No. 1 – Lynn played
    Pack drafted Aaron Rodgers No. 1 – Brett played.
    Actually AR was just freewheeling his own game in 2019. Didn’t buy-in till 2020.
    Just sayin…….

  12. To any high school or college athlete in any sport – this is not how you want to be viewed.

  13. Can Mark Murphy be replaced? As a shareholder, how can we replace him? I think he has been there too long and has become too comfortable in his position. He and Gutie have not shown any loyalty and respect to Aaron Rodgers. Yes, the NFL is a business, and management has not shown good business sense. They could have let him know their quarterback position in the year they drafted Love. Simple respect could have avoided this. This may a minority position of most fans, but as a shareholder, I do not want management to be known as disrespectful airhead representatives of the team I love.

  14. Now that Rodgers has spoken, there are a couple of certainties: (1) he really is ticked; (2) he’s ticked at management; (3) he’s smart enough to be coy about the next steps; and (4) he has very entertainingly further fueled the fire of the NFL slow news period speculation machine.

  15. Rodgers signed a contract, a legal document that you and I are bound by once we put ink to paper. He had the added advantage of having a high priced representative of his own go through it prior to sining, and if he was not happy with it a) he should have attached an addendum listing any added demands or b) he shouldn’t have signed it. But he did and now he needs to honor it and not throw a hissy fit to try to get out of it. If not, it could set a precedent for any future contracts he signs, including the one for his gig as the host of Jeopardy (if he lands it), which could make future employers shy away from hiring him. If he genuinely cares about the fans, his team mates, and coaches, he’d apologize to them and the Packer organization and honor that contract he signed. If not, it points to this being all about himself with no regard for anyone else.

  16. Devil’s advocate says:
    May 25, 2021 at 2:43 pm
    Rodgers signed a contract, a legal document that you and I are bound by once we put ink to paper. He had the added advantage of having a high priced representative of his own go through it prior to sining, and if he was not happy with it a) he should have attached an addendum listing any added demands or b) he shouldn’t have signed it. But he did and now he needs to honor it and not throw a hissy fit to try to get out of it. If not, it could set a precedent for any future contracts he signs, including the one for his gig as the host of Jeopardy (if he lands it), which could make future employers shy away from hiring him. If he genuinely cares about the fans, his team mates, and coaches, he’d apologize to them and the Packer organization and honor that contract he signed. If not, it points to this being all about himself with no regard for anyone else.

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    Surely, you can’t be serious….

    You do realize that the NFL for the most part does not have fully guaranteed contracts, correct? He is supposed to show loyalty to the team and the fans? What happens if he had a down year, or got hurt and Love was ready to go? Do you think the franchise would hesitate to cut or trade him? where is the loyalty from the other side?

    He bet on himself and is forcing their hand. He knows if he tears his ACL this year, he is as good as gone. All his guaranteed money has been paid and the cap hits will be minimal.

    I said a long time ago, you don’t sign him to an extension, then draft his replacement the next year. You want to have a low cost QB to build up the rest of the team. You don’t waste his low cost years having him ride the bench. It was an idiot move to TRADE UP to draft Love hen you just went to the NFCCG!

    They aren’t going to give him an extension and admit drafting Love was mistake.

    AR is playing this perfectly because either way, if he is trade or retires, GB franchise are the bad guys.

  17. “The wrench was just kind of thrown into it when I won the MVP and played the way I played last year.”

    Someone please give Rodgers a ‘participation banner.’

    Vince Lombardi would have kicked Rodgers’ butt out of Green Bay in two shakes.

  18. Surely, you can’t be serious….
    SURELY, NEITHER CAN YOU

    You do realize that the NFL for the most part does not have fully guaranteed contracts, correct?
    ‘FOR THE MOST PART’ DOESN’T COUNT UNLESS YOU HAVE AN INSIDE SCOOP AND KNOW THAT RODGERS’ CONTRACT IS NOT FULLY GUARANTEED.

    What happens if he had a down year, or got hurt and Love was ready to go? Do you think the franchise would hesitate to cut or trade him?
    A LOT OF IF’S, ANDS AND BUTS. HE AND HIS AGENT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SMART ENOUGH TO PUT IN CLAUSES TO PROTECT HIM IN CASE HE GOT INJURED. FOR ALL WE KNOW THE COULD HAVE. CAN”T SAYFOR SURE UNLESS WE CAN SEE WHAT’S IN IT.

    Where is the loyalty from the other side?
    A SIGNED CONTRACT IS NOT ABOUT LOYALTY.

    He bet on himself and is forcing their hand. He knows if he tears his ACL this year, he is as good as gone. All his guaranteed money has been paid and the cap hits will be minimal.
    AGAIN, HE AND HIS AGENT SHOULD BE SMART ENOUGH TO PUT IN CLAUSES TO PROTECT HIM IN CASE HE GOT INJURED.

    I said a long time ago, you don’t sign him to an extension, then draft his replacement the next year.
    YOU SAID . . . LOL! WELL. HE WASN’T LISTENING TO YOU, WAS HE? SIGNING A CONTRACT INVOLVES TWO OR MORE PARTIES. HE SIGNED IT AS WELL, NO ONE FORCED HIS HAND.

    You want to have a low cost QB to build up the rest of the team. You don’t waste his low cost years having him ride the bench. It was an idiot move to TRADE UP to draft Love hen you just went to the NFCCG!
    IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS, SIGN UP TO BE GM.

    They aren’t going to give him an extension and admit drafting Love was mistake.
    LOVE HASN”T EVEN PLAYED SO IT’S PRESUMPTUOUS TO ASSUME HE’S A MISTAKE. AGAIN APPLY TO BE GM AND YOU CAN HAVE THE ORGANIZATION DO THINGS YOUR WAY.

    AR is playing this perfectly because either way, if he is trade or retires, GB franchise are the bad guys.
    MANY COMMENTERS TO HIM AS A ‘DIVA,’ (AMONG OTHER THINGS) WHICH SHOULD TELL YOU OTHERWISE.

  19. The real wrench was the Covid-19 pandemic that ended OTAs and a lot of training camp, that wouldn’t let Jordan Love get out there and learn the system. Now, without Aaron around, more reps for Jordan. One more year, then I can see Aaron traded to the worst franchise in the league.

  20. Devils.

    1.) A simple Google search will let you know that the guaranteed money is done. His contact has been made public.(strike one)

    2.) An agent can ask for that, but both parties have to agree. Again the contract is public.(strike 2)

    3.) In your prior post you stated ” He signed it, and now he needs to honor it” Thats loyalty is it not. So shouldn’t the Packers need to as well? They have an out and they COULD use it at any time- hes protecting himself, as he should(strike 3)

    4.) Again, BOTH sides have to agree to whats in the contract!(Strike 4)

    5.) Why would he listen to me? You make zero sense. They drafted LOve AFTER he signed. The rest of that point of yours is nonsense that you ignored further up in your posting(strike 5)

    6.) Im not trying to be a GM. But its common sense to not wast a 1st round rookie QB low salary years.If he sits all 4 of the 1st 5 years, you have to pay him not knowing for sure what you have!(strike 6)

    7.) I know he hasn’t, but GB its been stated, has offered AR an extension. That means Love never plays on his rookie deal. Giving AR a new contract is admitting they made a mistake in taking a QB in round 1 shortly after signing AR to an extension.(strike 7)

    8.) Many commenters are not GB fans. Many commenters that are GB fans turn on players at the drop of a hat. (Strike 8)

    9. Since you whiffed on every point im giving you (strike 9) on general principles.

  21. I mean he’s right. Name a first round pick QB that a team took without the intention of him taking over. This same thing happened with Elway and Dan Reeves when he took Tommy Maddox, and Elway got rid of him and won two Super Bowls afterward. So Rodgers isn’t being unreasonable here to ask out or for the people who tried to get rid of him to not be employed when he gets back. Sounds harsh, but that’s how it is. They should let him go and roll with the QB they intended to when they traded up to get him.

  22. Aaron sat for three years behind Favre. No reason the Packers would want to get rid of him after one year, except his own insecurity whispering in his ear.

  23. Strike 10 – Rodgers whiffs and loses. Management wins. It’s what matters most to most.

  24. Man…the revisionism on Jordan Love is off the charts.

    We need to get a few things straight if we’re going to have an intelligent discussion about this.

    Before Jordan Love was drafted by the Packers, he was projected to be an NFL starter within the first two seasons of his career. Go look it up.

    I’m not defending Rodgers at all, but it does shed some light on why, at the time, he might’ve been SUPER rattled by the pick. It also explains why Rodgers motivated himself to play the way he did last year, a level he hadn’t reached in a few seasons.

    And Rodger’s Diva reaction at the time, which he basically confesses to in the passage Florio quotes here, might also explain why GB decided to…ummmm…”mute” Love’s performance by giving him less reps and not dressing him.

    For the truth on Love, I weed my way through the controversy, and through the emotional response of the naysayers who call him a “project” (which is totally ridiculous) and go back to his original draft stock.

  25. Everyone including Rodgers know Love will lead the Packers to a Super Bowl within three years of being the starter. The Packers own the rest of the league when it comes to developing top tier QBs. Fact!

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