Packers apparently plan to call Aaron Rodgers’ bluff

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The Packers won’t trade the quarterback who doesn’t want to play for them because the Packers don’t believe he won’t play for them.

That’s the gist of a recent report from Matt Schneidman of TheAthletic.com, and it makes plenty of sense. Schneidman writes that the Packers would trade Rodgers if the Packers “believed he was truly committed to never playing for them again,” and if the Packers “wanted to get draft picks and players in return instead of forcing him to retire.”

While to a certain extent obvious given the current posture of quarterback and player, the news here is that the Packers don’t buy the idea that Rodgers will refuse to show up and play for them. The question of whether they’d prefer draft picks and players and letting him play elsewhere over the money they’d get back from him if he retires (nearly $30 million in bonuses plus salary avoidance, starting with $14.7 million this year) doesn’t become relevant until the Packers conclude that he will never play for them again.

For the reason, the Packers remain dug in. They won’t trade Rodgers because, as a threshold matter, they don’t believe that he won’t show up.

That leads back to the prevailing question regarding Rodgers. Will he show up?

The problem for the Packers is that, even though they could have gotten a significant haul in return for Rodgers if they’d decided to trade him earlier this year, the seats have filled up elsewhere. The Broncos, and maybe the Raiders, remain the only possible trade partners (especially if Rodgers wants to play in or close to California). At some point, it makes sense to kick the entire issue until after the season — especially since any picks the Packers would peck for Rodgers would come from the 2022 draft, anyway. Let the 17 regular-season games of 2021 play out, let the teams that inevitably will decide to make a quarterback change realize that they’ll be in the market, and then invite them all to the table for a bidding war to get Rodgers.

The Broncos will still be firmly in play. The Raiders, if they go four for four in playoff failures during Jon Gruden’s return to the NFL, could be much more motivated to make a move. The Seahawks, if they can’t fix the Russell Wilson situation, could be interested. The Saints could be in play, if the post-Brees plan doesn’t work. The Panthers continue to search for a franchise quarterback; they’ll know after a year if Sam Darnold is the answer.

The Steelers likely will be looking for a replacement for Ben Roethlisberger. What if the Titans decide they’d rather have Rodgers than Ryan Tannehill? What if Carson Wentz doesn’t bounce back in Indianapolis? What if the Eagles decide that Jalen Hurts won’t be a franchise quarterback, or if Tua Tagovailoa doesn’t take the next step in his second season in Miami?

Then there’s the injury question. There’s always a chance that a quarterback who is entrenched as of June 1, 2021 will be unable to play in 2022, or possibly beyond, due to an injury that happens this season. While unlikely, it’s still possible. That possibility becomes another reason for the Packers to wait.

So at this point, then, there’s no reason for the Packers to be anything other than dug in. If Rodgers is going to force a trade before early 2022, he needs to do something to convince the Packers that he’ll never play for them again. Saying things like “beautiful mystery” and “I love my teammates, I love the coaching staff, I love the fans” won’t cut it. For the Packers to make a move before March 2022, Rodgers needs to make them convinced that he’s moving out of Green Bay for good.

116 responses to “Packers apparently plan to call Aaron Rodgers’ bluff

  1. The Packers, and Rodgers, have still said nothing. Any speculation on their motivations or intentions is a waste of time until they do.

  2. He NEVER said he wasnt going to play for them again. NEVER, this is media speculation started by Scheffter, who is always wrong.

  3. Aaron – please hold out. Don’t show up. Wait til mid seasons to show up and force the Packers to scramble to dump cap space.

    Or even better. Retire…wait til after the draft next year, unretire….rinse, repeat.

  4. Someone same the Packers from the Packers management !!

    If they play it this way, it’s pretty clear Aaron Rodgers isn’t playing because of how the Packers management behaved.

    They keep making the wrong decisions

  5. Bengals owner Mike Brown handled this perfectly with Carson Palmer. “You play for me or you play for no one.” And he was “retired” for weeks. When the Raiders QB went down, the Bengals got a haul of high picks.
    Footnote: Mike Brown graduated from Harvard Law school.

  6. With Rodgers, it’s about making the Packers look like the bad guy. He’s said how much he loves the coaching and his teammates and the fans. In his mind, if the Packers trade him, the fans will blame the Packers for him leaving as he refuses to say anything publicly.

    If he holds out and forces a trade then everything becomes his fault and he’s the bad guy. His ego will not let him be blamed for anything.

  7. I’m not sure testing how petty Aaron Rodgers can be is the smartest move.

    This is a man who stopped speaking to his own family.

  8. He just won MVP and only has a few years left. The Packers didn’t accept the crazy trade offers and are obviously kicking themselves for it. That value isn’t available now that everyone knows Rodgers wants out. Should have capitalized when they had the chance.

  9. Of course they are, they seen it coming that is why they drafted Love when they did. What Aaron is trying to do will not work with this team. It actually does not have a single owner to speak as one voice. So Rodgers is in a no win situation.

  10. curtis20 says:
    June 1, 2021 at 7:19 am
    He NEVER said he wasnt going to play for them again. NEVER, this is media speculation started by Scheffter, who is always wrong.
    _________

    This 100%, except for the Scheffter reference.

  11. stellarperformance says:
    June 1, 2021 at 6:48 am
    The Packers, and Rodgers, have still said nothing. Any speculation on their motivations or intentions is a waste of time until they do.
    ====================================================================================

    You are being willfully ignorant of this situation. He speaks volumes by saying nothing at all. He could make this all go away in a heartbeat if he wanted to, but he hasn’t.

  12. I’m confused, did Rodgers say that he doesn’t want to play in Green Bay? Do you have a quote from or anyone who heard him say this?

  13. The packers are stupid. First, they draft his replacement. Okay, that’s not the end of the world.. But then, they dont go after any recievers.. whatever that season ending play was last season, what if green bay wouldve taken a wr and offensive lineman rounds 1,2&3?? They probably win that game, bc in case u GB fans have seem to have forgotten, Aaron Rodgers is the 37 year old, slightly less athletic version of the half billion dollar man, Pat Mahomes. I think you ppl ( Vikings superfan here ) dont appreciate what u have in Rodgers, and I dont think u all are seeing just how bad management fumbled this move to replace him. Drafting a young quarterback did wonders for Tom Brady. They take a first round QB, they took a second rounder.. They didnt insult Brady by giving him absolutely zero weapons until his final year, instead, they had Gronkowski, traded for Brandin Cooks, and had Edelman. And then, they gave brady a top-5 unit up front every single year as soon as he began to get older. The best way to win ballgames is obviously the belichick method. U need a genius defensive game planner that can make a group more talented by scheming to players strengths, so that the team can invest heavily in the offense. That way when the game is on the line, the offense can score win it in the final 2-4 minutes, and the defense is also capable of getting a late game stop… also, having a genius defensive game planner, the other team might put up 28 in the first half like the superbowl in 2015, 28-3 Atl with offensive mastermind Kyle Shanahan at the helm.. But then that defensive coach can draw up a plan to stop them the second half, and as long as the teams heavily invested in the offense, they can go out there and light up the scoreboard and get back in it.. So I’m saying, Green Bay has gotten much better defensively, but theyve vested so little in offense riding Rodgers these past 10 years, that hes not capable of winning against top teams in the final minutes. Then on top of that, his athleticism is diminishing, so you’d think the front office would invest heavily in the offensive line. We all know what happens when Rodgers starts scrambling with no immediate defenders in his face, he chucks it 60 yards downfield and its miraculously caught by some UDFA WR in the end zone.. But of course, GB didnt fortify the offensive line, instead they let go of a all pro center, all pro left tackle last season, and replaced them with a second round center who was a reach at that draft position…. And in the first round, they took a short cornerback out of Georgia whose not going to stop any of the top wideouts of the team (MN) that’s going to give them a run for the division this season. Next, not only did they take a 1st round QB, but they picked him while the golden goose is only 36 and could play to 42 . If u look at players who dont start the first 1-2 years of their careers, those guys always last a year or two longer. Cornerback Terrance Newman, a zimmer guy, is a perfect example. In his age36-38 seasons in minny, everyone thought it was crazy he was lining up on a island with the opponent’s WR1 (36) or WR2(37&38) and shutting them down.. Well, Newman didnt get drafted until he was 25. My last point about just how bad they botched this, is that they were offered the #3 overall pick in a year with more 1st round QB prospects than ever before, by a team that traded 3(1z) to get that pick. They probably could’ve gotten 3(R1s) to trade out of that spot.. This tells me that after a full season, they dont think they can build up a championship caliber roster around a R1 QB on the rookie wage scale even with 2 R1 picks the next three years, and tons of cap relief next offseason. All these GB fans turning their backs on Rodgers are hilarious. You shouldn’t be hating on Rodgers, hes not the problem. Apparently you all dont remember the seasons he wasnt playing and how the team fared, because if you swap rodgers out for the QB1 on about 10 other teams, they’re immediately SuperBowl or bust. I could be wrong, but passing on the #3 overall pick this year for Rodgers was probably the dumbest move by any front office in the history of the sport. They could’ve taken one of those other QBs, and attempted another 15 years of QB supremacy in the leauge. Rodgers was already discontented and they knew that. GB coach has done fairly well, and the GM has hit on his FA signings and some good draft picks, I have to give them that, but this guys needs to check his ego. Hes probably already lost 4 AllPro caliber years, and 2 probowl caliber years by not helping out arguably the greatest QB to ever play the game. As a Minnesota fan, I’m smiling at the situation just hoping that when cousins gets run out of town in 2022, Rodgers just happens to be on the FA market looking to avenge his issues with GB management .

  14. He is going to show up. But how will he play? Last year he played wanting to prove that the organization was wrong for drafting Love. He has completed that goal, and now he is just a disgruntled employee.

  15. curtis20 says:
    June 1, 2021 at 7:19 am
    He NEVER said he wasnt going to play for them again. NEVER, this is media speculation started by Scheffter, who is always wrong.
    —————————-

    And it was never claimed he did.

  16. Why hasn’t the Packers GM come out and stated the obvious?
    He traded up and drafted Love without telling Aaron because, he knew it would put a chip on his shoulder and he’d get the best statistical year Roger’s has ever had in the league.
    Call it a sign of no-respect or whatever but, Roger’s was manipulated, that’s why he’s upset.

  17. By refusing great trade offers by other teams including high draft picks,players and money,all things that could potentially make the Packers even better down the road they are showing nothing but love for Aaron Rodgers by showing him they consider him the main man in Green Bay. if you dont love a player you dont fight like hell to keep him on your team come hell or high water because he means so much. this is like a marital spat between them and if AR indeed walks out on his football family he proves he no longer loves his team and divorce is then inevitable.then you make him pay for his freedom.

  18. zimreapers says:
    June 1, 2021 at 8:28 am
    The packers are stupid. First, they draft his replacement. Okay, that’s not the end of the world.. But then, they dont go after any recievers.. whatever that season ending play was last season, what if green bay wouldve taken a wr and offensive lineman rounds 1,2&3?? They probably win that game, bc in case u GB fans have seem to have forgotten, Aaron Rodgers is the 37 year old, slightly less athletic version of the half billion dollar man, Pat Mahomes. I think you ppl ( Vikings superfan here ) dont appreciate what u have in Rodgers, and I dont think u all are seeing just how bad management fumbled this move to replace him. Drafting a young quarterback did wonders for Tom Brady. They take a first round QB, they took a second rounder.. They didnt insult Brady by giving him absolutely zero weapons until his final year, instead, they had Gronkowski, traded for Brandin Cooks, and had Edelman. And then, they gave brady a top-5 unit up front every single year as soon as he began to get older. The best way to win ballgames is obviously the belichick method. U need a genius defensive game planner that can make a group more talented by scheming to players strengths, so that the team can invest heavily in the offense. That way when the game is on the line, the offense can score win it in the final 2-4 minutes, and the defense is also capable of getting a late game stop… also, having a genius defensive game planner, the other team might put up 28 in the first half like the superbowl in 2015, 28-3 Atl with offensive mastermind Kyle Shanahan at the helm.. But then that defensive coach can draw up a plan to stop them the second half, and as long as the teams heavily invested in the offense, they can go out there and light up the scoreboard and get back in it.. So I’m saying, Green Bay has gotten much better defensively, but theyve vested so little in offense riding Rodgers these past 10 years, that hes not capable of winning against top teams in the final minutes. Then on top of that, his athleticism is diminishing, so you’d think the front office would invest heavily in the offensive line. We all know what happens when Rodgers starts scrambling with no immediate defenders in his face, he chucks it 60 yards downfield and its miraculously caught by some UDFA WR in the end zone.. But of course, GB didnt fortify the offensive line, instead they let go of a all pro center, all pro left tackle last season, and replaced them with a second round center who was a reach at that draft position…. And in the first round, they took a short cornerback out of Georgia whose not going to stop any of the top wideouts of the team (MN) that’s going to give them a run for the division this season. Next, not only did they take a 1st round QB, but they picked him while the golden goose is only 36 and could play to 42 . If u look at players who dont start the first 1-2 years of their careers, those guys always last a year or two longer. Cornerback Terrance Newman, a zimmer guy, is a perfect example. In his age36-38 seasons in minny, everyone thought it was crazy he was lining up on a island with the opponent’s WR1 (36) or WR2(37&38) and shutting them down.. Well, Newman didnt get drafted until he was 25. My last point about just how bad they botched this, is that they were offered the #3 overall pick in a year with more 1st round QB prospects than ever before, by a team that traded 3(1z) to get that pick. They probably could’ve gotten 3(R1s) to trade out of that spot.. This tells me that after a full season, they dont think they can build up a championship caliber roster around a R1 QB on the rookie wage scale even with 2 R1 picks the next three years, and tons of cap relief next offseason. All these GB fans turning their backs on Rodgers are hilarious. You shouldn’t be hating on Rodgers, hes not the problem. Apparently you all dont remember the seasons he wasnt playing and how the team fared, because if you swap rodgers out for the QB1 on about 10 other teams, they’re immediately SuperBowl or bust. I could be wrong, but passing on the #3 overall pick this year for Rodgers was probably the dumbest move by any front office in the history of the sport. They could’ve taken one of those other QBs, and attempted another 15 years of QB supremacy in the leauge. Rodgers was already discontented and they knew that. GB coach has done fairly well, and the GM has hit on his FA signings and some good draft picks, I have to give them that, but this guys needs to check his ego. Hes probably already lost 4 AllPro caliber years, and 2 probowl caliber years by not helping out arguably the greatest QB to ever play the game. As a Minnesota fan, I’m smiling at the situation just hoping that when cousins gets run out of town in 2022, Rodgers just happens to be on the FA market looking to avenge his issues with GB management .
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    Someone has a lot to say.

  19. It’s a copycat league, and right after we saw Patrick Mahomes win his super bowl, the Packers thought they saw another Mahomes in Jordan Love. They had already decided to move on from Aaron Rodgers. It’s a copycat league, and right after we saw Tom Brady leave New England and win a super bowl with Tampa Bay, the Packers are scared to death at the thought of their reigning MVP QB leaving and winning a championship with a different team. So the team is really in a tough spot. They hope Rodgers just retires. They’re trying to win the PR battle with Rodgers, and many of us are buying it. Alex Smith and Mike Holgren aren’t buying it, and they’re among those who think the Packers are screwing up. If the Packers had confidence in Jordan Love, they would help Rodgers out the door. So I think the biggest story in this entire mess is the Packers don’t like Jordan Love. Oops. The cat’s out of the bag.

  20. I’m sorry how many Superbowls has Aaron Rodgers taken the Packers too over the last 10 years? THAT’S RIGHT NONE!!

  21. His value will go down if they do not trade him before he proves he will sit out. Point is a 38 year old who everyone knows won’t play for the Packers anymore and has proven it by sitting is worth less than a 37 year old who may still play for the Packers. Common sense.

  22. Rodgers had a crappy year the year he was working behind the scenes to dump Mike McCarthy. The crappy year was on purpose.

    Rodgers will show up, get paid $30 million, have a crappy year and force the Packers to move on from him.

    A real team guy. I guess #240 million in prior or future money doesn’t buy loyalty.

  23. What if Rodgers tears an ACL while working out away from the team facility?

  24. Rodgers is not the first top-tier player to avoid OTA’s, not talk about it, and won’t be the last. He’ll be there when it’s mandatory and he’ll laugh at all the speculation that was never verbalized or confirmed. He loves playing mind games with clickbait media.

  25. OMG! Did you guys hear the Vikings tried to trade up and draft a quarterback for the future while still having a quarterback earning nearly the same as Rodgers under contract!!!!!

  26. Green Bay fans… Take a clue from Pats fans….you won’t know what you have until it’s gone..
    Those who call AR a diva will curse the day when he moves on and leaves GB to deal with 4-13..

  27. steaksandwichandsteaksandwich says:
    June 1, 2021 at 7:50 am
    Bengals owner Mike Brown handled this perfectly with Carson Palmer. “You play for me or you play for no one.” And he was “retired” for weeks. When the Raiders QB went down, the Bengals got a haul of high picks.
    Footnote: Mike Brown graduated from Harvard Law school.

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    One 1st round pick and one

  28. steaksandwichandsteaksandwich says: June 1, 2021 at 7:50 am Bengals owner Mike Brown handled this perfectly with Carson Palmer. “You play for me or you play for no one.” And he was “retired” for weeks. When the Raiders QB went down, the Bengals got a haul of high picks. Footnote: Mike Brown graduated from Harvard Law school. ______________________________________ One 1st round pick and one 2nd round pick qualifies as a haul off high draft picks?

  29. Aaron Rodgers thinks the sun revolves around him and just sick of him. He is a looser in my book and want him gone.

  30. Packers fans think Rodgers will just come back and everything will go on normally?

    The distraction the media can (and will) cause will be above and beyond anything we’ve ever seen in sports.

  31. paulhargis57 says:
    June 1, 2021 at 8:17 am
    You are being willfully ignorant of this situation. He speaks volumes by saying nothing at all. He could make this all go away in a heartbeat if he wanted to, but he hasn’t.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    He does not speak volumes by saying nothing. He says nothing by saying nothing. Why do you think it’s in the news everyday? Now, you, know the answer? Sure.

  32. The Packers are expecting their qb to honor a very lucrative contract that A.R. agreed to on top of a very nice signing bonus. Whoever heard of such a thing?

  33. The Packers are miss playing this badly. Rodgers doesn’t have to retire and pay back the signing bonus like everyone keeps saying. He can simply wait until week 10-11 to show up and still make 10m and be a year closer to free agency and then do it again in 2022 . Rodgers is very stubborn , vindictive and has other interests besides football so I doubt he caves as easily as the Packers think.

  34. For those of you who say Rodgers will probably show up and play terrible on purpose I say that won’t happen for 2 reasons. First of all, he has HOF credentials plus a legacy and the narcissist in him won’t allow anything to happen to those things. Second, he has teammates who rely on him. BIG teammates. If they sense the Diva is slacking on them, they will make him pay. As they say, Karma is a biotch. Somewhat rhetorical question. If I’m the GM of a different team and I’m watching Rodgers’ antics, why on earth would I want to bring that person with no integrity to my team?

  35. paulhargis57 says:
    June 1, 2021 at 8:17 am
    You are being willfully ignorant of this situation. He speaks volumes by saying nothing at all. He could make this all go away in a heartbeat if he wanted to, but he hasn’t.
    _________

    What do you think AR can say that will make all this go away? Even if he said “None of this true, I am committed to the Packers and will be playing there this season” people like you would still speculate about the situation.

    Saying nothing means saying nothing, period. Your interpretation of it is uninformed and irrelevant.

  36. Rodgers had a crappy year the year he was working behind the scenes to dump Mike McCarthy. The crappy year was on purpose.

    Rodgers will show up, get paid $30 million, have a crappy year and force the Packers to move on from him.

    A real team guy. I guess #240 million in prior or future money doesn’t buy loyalty.
    ——
    So we can just make up things in order to back up our insults now? Rodgers “crappy” year still saw him throw 26 TD’s vs 4-5 int’s. But sure, he was sandbagging. It couldn’t have anything to do with MM’s crappy, stale scheme or our 29th ranked defense. It was all Hannibal Rodgers.

  37. This is one of the rare smart moves the Packers have done during all of this… Unless someone blows them away with a ridiculous offer, which seems unlikely since most teams are set at QB for the time being, or don’t have enough cap space to make such a move. That will obviously change dramatically after this season… The only thing they can do is say, “Hey, we’ll take care of this after we lose in the playoffs again…” LOL…

  38. In 2019 under MLF these are Rodgers stats:

    4,002 yards
    26 tds
    4 ints
    95.4 rating.

    In 2018 when he was supposedly backstabbing MM:

    4,442 yards
    25 tds
    2 ints
    97.6 rating

    How about we quit this “he got McCarthy fired” crap now.

  39. This is going to be fun. The Packers are digging in and A-A-Ron is going to show them that he can be “stubborn-er” than the leadership.

  40. Waiting to hear this straight out of the horse’s mouth. Hopefully that horse has a backbone to stand up and say it like it is instad of beating around the bush.

  41. “Zimreapers”,Rodgers may be ticked at Packers mgmt,but there is one team and one fanbase that he hates worse than Gutekunst and that’s the Vikings. The fans cheered when he got hurt and they made a promotional video showing it over and over. Hes not needy and needs to be loved by everyone like Favre was. If he goes anywhere it will be the Raiders or the Niners. Besides,after they offer him his extension and new contract he ‘ll retire the way he wants to. As a Packer. Nice dream though.

  42. When Rodgers first celebrity girlfriend whispered in his ear “Oh Aaron you are so…” that was the start of his Diva era.

  43. All the teams Florio mentioned who could be looking to trade for Rodgers after this season, will be the same teams looking to trade for Watson.

    Green Bay will get less than the Texans, because of age. Watsons issues should be over by the time the draft comes around next year. Who would want Rodger over Watson in this situation, due to age? The contracts are about the same, ability about the same, just the age is different. So, yes, the Texans will get more in return for Watson, than Green Bay will get for Rodgers.

    The Texans are in rebuild mode and will get to see if Mills is the answer this year and will have their own 1st and 2nd round selections next year. Getting a haul in next years draft by trading Watson will allow the Texans to bounce back quicker.

    The Texans staff who inherited O’Brien’s mistakes are doing a great job and should only have the 2021 season as a down/rebuild year. The Texans will bounce back much quicker than most folks think!

  44. Is it me or did Rodgers’ whining reach a whole new level at about the same time as he started sporting that man bun?

  45. stellarperformance says:
    June 1, 2021 at 6:48 am
    The Packers, and Rodgers, have still said nothing.
    ////////
    Yep. No reason to worry here. I mean, it’s not like this identical situation played out with the Packers right around 16 years ago. Oh, wait….

  46. stellarperformance says:
    June 1, 2021 at 8:59 am
    OMG! Did you guys hear the Vikings tried to trade up and draft a quarterback for the future while still having a quarterback earning nearly the same as Rodgers under contract!!!!!
    //////
    LOL at you trying to deflect and pretend these situations are the same. For somebody who thinks there’s nothing to see here, you sure do comment a lot, about “nothing”.

  47. Rodgers is such a diva. He should pause and think that in his first year in the NFC, Brady matched Rodger’s SB win in all his 16 years with the Packers. He and the other diva QBs should quit thinking that they earned Brady’s prestige. Brady doesn’t even act like a diva, but a peon. Brady competed with his replacement. His replacement was traded, and still Brady proved his worth by winning another SB for the Patriots and proven again his worth by winning a Super Bowl with the team who adopted him and trusted his worth. Brady has this earn it everyday mentality. He accepts if he is part of the team losing and rectifies his own errors. That’s why he contends every year. Rodgers should stop sulking. He and his team had a good year last year. Just rectify the problem. He’s part of the problem. He could have run that ball vs the Bucs.

  48. Rodgers doesn’t have a “no trade”

    The baller move for Gutekunst would be to deal him straight up for Watson.

  49. footballguy says:
    June 1, 2021 at 9:57 am
    Yep. No reason to worry here. I mean, it’s not like this identical situation played out with the Packers right around 16 years ago. Oh, wait….
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Favre going on national television and retiring three times, while crying, is the same as Rodgers saying nothing. Got it.

    What’s the weather like in Bizarro World this morning?

  50. Brady didn’t win a Super Bowl for 10 years before the 2014 season when they drafted Jimmy G. Rodgers hasn’t won a Super Bowl since 2010. And he won the MVP after the drafting of Jordan Love last season. If he stays in Green Bay and he can have the same trajectory as Brady and ball out. Time will tell if he has the same mental makeup. While supremely talented on the field, I just think he has too many interests to be as single-minded as Brady on football. It takes a football obsessive to win multiple championships, I think. I look forward to seeing him proving me wrong.

  51. LEE says:
    June 1, 2021 at 10:07 am
    Rodgers is such a diva. He should pause and think that in his first year in the NFC, Brady matched Rodger’s SB win in all his 16 years with the Packers. He and the other diva QBs should quit thinking that they earned Brady’s prestige. Brady doesn’t even act like a diva, but a peon. Brady competed with his replacement. His replacement was traded, and still Brady proved his worth by winning another SB for the Patriots and proven again his worth by winning a Super Bowl with the team who adopted him and trusted his worth. Brady has this earn it everyday mentality. He accepts if he is part of the team losing and rectifies his own errors. That’s why he contends every year. Rodgers should stop sulking. He and his team had a good year last year. Just rectify the problem. He’s part of the problem. He could have run that ball vs the Bucs.
    _________

    Man, someone really loves him some Tom Brady. The level of sycophantry is amazing.

  52. Ted Thompson did a masterful job rebuilding the Packers after Mike Sherman gutted them of talent when he was GM. But, after the Packers won the title, the Packers kept drafting like they were rebuilding and not going all in to be in the best position to win multiple titles… They would trade down more often than not. Sometimes it worked out (taking Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams in the second round) and others it was a disastrous (passing on TJ Watt to trade down and take Kevin King). They also let good corners (Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward) walk in free agency for affordable deals while they scrambled to draft replacements, most of which were terrible (Jackson, King)… Obviously, Jaire Alexander was a hit. Gutekunst started rebuilding when his team had just lost in the NFC title game. He’s not a terrible judge of talent (see the aforementioned Alexander), but what he did in the 2020 draft is one of the dumbest moves in league history.

  53. I don’t see what bluff he’s given them. It’s extremely unlikely a guy who has been all about the money his entire career would retire/sit out and give up that large a check. Rodgers isn’t stupid–he knows he’d never make that forfeited money back. And if he WOULD go the nuclear route he’d totally let the Packers front office off the hook because that would be such an over-the-top move it’d clearly label Rodgers as being the problem. He’s not in a fantastic position to dictate things which probably explains why he hasn’t been saying anything publicly.

  54. So much crazy talk. You really think an all-time great purposefully plays poorly (thus, doesn’t care a lick about his reputation) to force himself out of town? Aaron cares too much about his legacy and does it want to be vilified the rest of his life. He will either play on some newer deal that gives both sides some of what they want or someone offers a haul GB cannot refuse.

  55. I think the problem here is that the Packers, and more specifically, Matt LeFleur and Brian Gutekunst, need Aaron Rodgers a whole hell of a lot more than Aaron Rodgers needs them. Rodgers could retire now with the nearly $250M he’s been paid by the Packers and live the rest of his life with his movie star fiancée. He’d have plenty of opportunities to make money in the media or perhaps hosting Jeopardy.

    Without Rodgers, LeFleur and Gutekunst have MAYBE another 2-3 years in their jobs unless somehow, Jordan Love is the second coming of Brady, Manning or Montana. Their defense isn’t good enough, their receivers aren’t good enough and the O-line is getting a little older, but still pretty good. The only reason that team wins is because of Rodgers, as evidenced by every time he HASN’T played, they’ve been absolute trash.

    In fact, I think the only person who isn’t sweating Rodgers leaving or retiring is Mark Murphy, since he apparently has zero accountability to anyone.

  56. Poor Erin. All he wanted was a little respect. It must be so difficult to go through your professional football career, being lauded as one of the all-time greats, but consistently come up short when it mattered the most. Stats are nothing without rings, and Erin will never get another ring.

    Erin, Drew, and Russell will all be founding members of the One-Ring-Dynasty club. The only thing greater than their talent was their greed, which handicapped their teams.

    The worlds smallest violin will play their theme song.

  57. Everyone needs to just RELAX over this, it’s all a “beautiful mystery” 😋

  58. Wow, everything that the people running the Packers have done since trading up to Draft Jordan Love to now has been inexcusably stupid. First they decide (after a season where they got to the NFC Championship) to draft Rodger’s replacement instead of getting him some help and allow the famously grouchy Rodgers to find out about it on TV or whatever. Now they have a QB who has said he doesn’t want to be on the team, who is as valuable as a trade commodity as he will EVER be and they want to play 1970s-style hard ball with him? Stupid, Stupid, Stupid! Rodgers is not some guard or running back – he’s the QB! The QB is supposed to be the face of a team as well as an extension of the coaching staff and front office. The team will blow up with an unhappy QB. Think Carson Palmer and the Bengals in 2010.They played hardball with him and it turned a playoff team that won the division in 2009 to a 4-12 cellar dweller.

    If Rodgers were smart/devious, he would go back to GB but publicly say he doesn’t want to be there and that he is tremendously frustrated that he is being forced to stay. He should then say that he will try his best but that no one who is profoundly unhappy ever does their best work or is a “good citizen” in the locker room. Then he should turn up that famous Rodgers pricklyness to “11.” Rodgers collects his $$$, gets some revenge and careers in the Packers front office are in serious jeopardy (no pun intended, there). Again, if the Pack don’t trade him on or after June 2 (lower cap hit) the GM and team president should be fired for stupidity.

  59. Why is no one talking about Rodgers waiting until week 10 to show up to get a full year accrual while still squeezing the Packers? He won’t retire and pay back all that money, but he can afford any fines or lost wages for not showing up for camp and games. Having Rodgers on the roster as a no-show hurts the Packers more than retiring. They should stop this soap opera and get the best value now. Waiting will only make him less valuable to other teams because he will have less time in camp to learn playbook and players which will negatively impact his effectiveness on the field.

  60. I think it’s Rodgers girlfriend that needs to be made happy. All was well with Rodgers until she came into his life…

  61. curtis20 They have same Agent it was leaked to Schef then backtracked when Rodgers didnt want to look bad shef took hit

  62. stellarperformance says:
    June 1, 2021 at 9:18 am
    paulhargis57 says:
    June 1, 2021 at 8:17 am
    You are being willfully ignorant of this situation. He speaks volumes by saying nothing at all. He could make this all go away in a heartbeat if he wanted to, but he hasn’t.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    He does not speak volumes by saying nothing. He says nothing by saying nothing. Why do you think it’s in the news everyday? Now, you, know the answer? Sure.//////////////////////////

    gibson45 says:
    June 1, 2021 at 9:35 am
    paulhargis57 says:
    June 1, 2021 at 8:17 am
    You are being willfully ignorant of this situation. He speaks volumes by saying nothing at all. He could make this all go away in a heartbeat if he wanted to, but he hasn’t.
    _________

    What do you think AR can say that will make all this go away? Even if he said “None of this true, I am committed to the Packers and will be playing there this season” people like you would still speculate about the situation.

    Saying nothing means saying nothing, period. Your interpretation of it is uninformed and irrelevant.

    2 ostriches right here.

    Stella: If he wanted it to go away, he could make it go away. Instead he does his P/A stuff and let everyone run with it. I don’t what the real problem or solution is, but to say ” its nothing to see here” is ridiculous.

    Gibson: How do you know how anyone will react? If he says exactly what you typed….it does go away. Saying nothing is what is inviting all of the speculation.

    Your interpretation is obtuse and ignorant.

  63. stellarperformance says:
    June 1, 2021 at 10:16 am
    footballguy says:
    June 1, 2021 at 9:57 am
    Yep. No reason to worry here. I mean, it’s not like this identical situation played out with the Packers right around 16 years ago. Oh, wait….
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Favre going on national television and retiring three times, while crying, is the same as Rodgers saying nothing. Got it.

    What’s the weather like in Bizarro World this morning?
    ============================================================================

    You tell us, you’ve been Mayor there for 15 years.

  64. IF the Packers front office knew what they were doing, they wouldn’t have drafted Love. They would have drafted more defensive players.

    Last year, the Packers offense scored more points than any other team in the NFL. The reason that they always lose in the playoffs is that they have a terrible defense.

    If Rodgers does sit out, the Packers will be bottom-feeders, with a bad offense and defense.

    Having said that, what person in their right mind would give up $30 million dollars because they hate their boss?

  65. paulhargis57 says:
    June 1, 2021 at 11:22 am
    You tell us, you’ve been Mayor there for 15 years.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    That’s your comeback? “I know you are, but what am I?”

  66. Fact: Rodgers is disgruntled with the front office.
    Fact: The Packers are concerned and scrambling.
    Fact: The players, particularly the WRs, support Rodgers.
    Fact: Rodgers is not wishy washy like other players — he’s pretty dang principled.
    Fact: Only Rodgers (well and maybe his Hollywood girlfriend) knows if he’s going to play for the Pack this year.
    Fact: This is all entertaining as heck.

  67. I have to say, for all the hell they catch for it, Packer fans are doing the right thing here. Yes, Rodgers could end all this by just speaking up. But that’s not the point. It’s like two teenage girls prancing and primping around a boy. Who is he going to ask to the prom? Well, Packer fans, you have picked your prom date. Just don’t be surprised if you get dumped the day after

  68. So someone explain the logic of drafting Love? They’ll have to pick up his 5th year option in 2024. Do people really think they are going use all their salary cap for two QBs. Also considering they way Green Bay been drafting, there is no inceptive for Rodgers to stick around, other than Green Bay forcing him to for a couple more season before he leaves with no compensation. Green Bay’s handling of this situation makes zero sense. At this point if they have a good offer they need to take it while they can.

  69. This is not hard to figure out. The Packers don’t have to do anything until training camp starts and only then will Rodgers reveal his hand. The longer the Packers wait, the more his trade value goes up. Maybe, just maybe, a contending team will lose their starting QB to a pre-season or early season injury.

    Nothing to even think about until Septemeber, its all rank speculation until then.

  70. “Rodgers doesn’t have to retire and pay back the signing bonus like everyone keeps saying. He can simply wait until week 10-11 to show up and still make 10m and be a year closer to free agency and then do it again in 2022 .”
    ____________

    He’s way too image conscious for that kind of move. He’d be ridiculed and vilified which would kill his public image and undoubtedly hurt his endorsement income. “Discount double check” and “double Jeopardy” would be the punchlines for countless jokes and he’d never live that down.

  71. Rodgers has a chance to make history and stick it to the Packers.

    Has anyone ever retired after being league MVP?

  72. Rodgers is not going anywhere. He’s trying to find a way to take the attention off the fact he made an attempt to make himself more important than the team. He already made it perfectly clear he’s not upset with drafting Jordan Love. His words. His best move is to continue saying nothing. He has not said anything substantive on-record, which works in his favor. He should set aside all the personality conflicts, the contractual stresses, and the trust-busting letdowns and try to win a SuperBowl not only for himself, but for us, the people. It’s all about the people, right? Prove it.

  73. stellarperformance says:
    June 1, 2021 at 12:28 pm
    paulhargis57 says:
    June 1, 2021 at 11:22 am
    You tell us, you’ve been Mayor there for 15 years.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    That’s your comeback? “I know you are, but what am I?”

    ================================================================================
    If I get too in depth in my humor, you’ve proven time and time again that you don’t get it.

    It’s hard to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man such as yourself.

  74. I wonder how Jordan Love feels about all the disrespect the Packers are showing him. He’s the next one who will want out. If they truly felt they could win with Love, they’d trade Rodgers for a first round pick, and show everyone they were right for trading up to get Love. The message they’re sending Love is that they don’t want Rodgers to leave and pull a Tom Brady on them, while they’re struggling with the new QB who’s not as good as they thought.

  75. They’re going to wait and see if he shows up to training camp and try to trade him right before the season starts. Proving what Rodgers has been trying to say, the Packers are a cruel, anti-player organization.

  76. So much to say, so little time. I mean who knows whats in his head? He could easily just sit our the season but he has to sit it out with a lot less money in the bank. and if he gets traded after this season as the suggestion, he’s not getting the money he had to pay back back. So its a lose lose for him and a big win for the packers.
    Ya they suffer with love for one season but recoup a ton o money, get a lot of picks before next years draft and move on much richer. Balls in GB court for sure.

  77. If Jordan Love would have shown some ability, they wouldn’t hesitate to move on from Rodgers. Unlikely one more year will magically transform his abilities. GB should have taken the offer from SF for the #3 overall pick because that’s the highest compensation they’ll likely get for Rodgers.

    GB likely won’t compete for a SB this year and if they were able to get 1 or 2 first round picks while figuring out if Love is their QB, it beats a low first round pick because you’ll still win 11-13 games with Rodgers as your QB. With love the best case scenario is a Tee Martin occurrence and the worst case scenario is he sucks and your picking near the top of the draft in 2022.

    As for Rodgers being a diva/passive aggressive/standoffish, we don’t have insight into the situation and it’s purely based on how we individually feel. There are a number of people who have cut off their family, they just aren’t NFL or professional athletes so we aren’t discussing it. Prince Fielder is a great example as he previously said “my father is dead to me” due to his father’s gambling, drinking, and divorcing of his mother. There’s always more than visible on the surface.

  78. Have the Packers not been paying attention? Rodgers holds grudges. Dopey

  79. icouldcareless says:
    June 1, 2021 at 8:42 am
    I’m sorry how many Superbowls has Aaron Rodgers taken the Packers too over the last 10 years? THAT’S RIGHT NONE!!
    …………………………………………………………………………..
    and according to the media, their fans and rodgers himself, it’s everyone’s fault but his lol

  80. “Bengals owner Mike Brown handled this perfectly with Carson Palmer. “You play for me or you play for no one.” And he was “retired” for weeks. When the Raiders QB went down, the Bengals got a haul of high picks.
    Footnote: Mike Brown graduated from Harvard Law school.”

    Yes, do what one of the worst franchises in history does. Smart.

  81. With this coming out the odds of him not playing for them just went up by 50%.

  82. mogogo1 says:
    June 1, 2021 at 12:38 pm
    “Rodgers doesn’t have to retire and pay back the signing bonus like everyone keeps saying. He can simply wait until week 10-11 to show up and still make 10m and be a year closer to free agency and then do it again in 2022 .”
    ____________

    He’s way too image conscious for that kind of move. He’d be ridiculed and vilified which would kill his public image
    ////////
    Lol. What do you think his “image” is, outside of Wisconsin. Nobody likes the man. Some like the way he plays football. No more. No less. As soon as he’s done playing football, almost everybody will never care to see him again.

  83. whatjusthapped says:
    June 1, 2021 at 12:37 pm
    This is not hard to figure out. The Packers don’t have to do anything until training camp starts and only then will Rodgers reveal his hand. The longer the Packers wait, the more his trade value goes up. Maybe, just maybe, a contending team will lose their starting QB to a pre-season or early season injury.
    /////////
    Barring that injury you speak of, you are exactly wrong with how things work. The more the Packers wait, the less his trade value is. Why? Because when he doesn’t report and states he won’t play for GB, his trade value is lower than the second before. And, the QB that “magically” goes down? Well, he also can’t be a franchise guy, because nobody is trading for Rodgers for a stop gap for their franchise QB.

  84. stellarperformance says:
    June 1, 2021 at 10:16 am
    footballguy says:
    June 1, 2021 at 9:57 am
    Yep. No reason to worry here. I mean, it’s not like this identical situation played out with the Packers right around 16 years ago. Oh, wait….
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Favre going on national television and retiring three times, while crying, is the same as Rodgers saying nothing. Got it.
    /////////
    Ummmmmm…..Rodgers went on tv. I guess you missed it. One guy with two log in names is the only person on the planet that thinks there’s nothing to see here. Good luck.

  85. The packers don’t want history to judge them as a team that let go of the 8th-12th best qb of all time!

  86. Why hasn’t the Packers GM come out and stated the obvious?
    He traded up and drafted Love without telling Aaron because, he knew it would put a chip on his shoulder and he’d get the best statistical year Roger’s has ever had in the league.
    Call it a sign of no-respect or whatever but, Roger’s was manipulated, that’s why he’s upset.
    ———————-
    The only problem is the objective is to win the Super Bowl, not show up your QB.

  87. Pardon me but it’s peculiar when people are praising Mike Brown’ stewardship and knocking Belichick’s.

    The NFL keeps score, wins and losses and franchise value. In what alternative universe does Mike Brown compare favorably to Belichick in those two criteria?

    Only in the minds of fans that think they win when players lose control over their future.

  88. What is it with the they didn’t draft a WR for him? Does a top 3 offence need a 1st round WR to make things bettter:)

    IF AR wasn’t 1 and 4 in NFC championship games he’d already have an extension. He’s the problem look no further then the mirror MR Rodgers.

  89. This Packers team was one game away from a Super Bowl last year. Its star players a QB and the WR corp among others didn’t show up for OTAs. OTAs, the time when you build team chemistry and don’t’ give me that they know each other BS either. I’ve heard just about every excuse from Packers fans. Again you lead by example – Rodgers and some of the vets showing up, not showing some of the Rooks the ropes says a lot and I mean a lot about what is going on in Green Bay. You can do and say all the right things but in the end its ACTIONS.

    Bye Bye Love Bye Bye happiness hello Rodgerless packers fan gonna cry hi!

  90. Because forcing your qb, who dies not want to be there, to stay has a track record of success.😁

  91. Rodgers has not said he wanted out, wants to be traded, and never said he won’t report. I’m uncertain where the usual suspect haters are getting their easily-influenced information. Not from Rodgers. Not from the Packers. Who else counts?

  92. stellarperformance says:
    June 1, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Rodgers has not said he wanted out, wants to be traded, and never said he won’t report. I’m uncertain where the usual suspect haters are getting their easily-influenced information. Not from Rodgers. Not from the Packers. Who else counts?

    —————————

    A reporter who guessed based on “accumulation” that Rodgers HAD to want out, and then reported that as a story, rather than the speculation it always was.

  93. ……I’d like to add if Rodgers retires, takes a new occupation, gets traded, or for some reason cannot or will not play for the Packers this year……..I don’t care. It’s only a game. Let’s see if Love can be the fourth sixteen-year quarterback for the Packers.

    It could happen!

  94. How much money will Rodgers really leave on the table If he retires” He’ll certainly get a job in media. That job will pay millions and that will offset or even match his player salary. Rodgers already has more money than he can ever spend, so walking away is not that huge of a hit for him.

  95. footballguy says:
    June 1, 2021 at 2:30 pm
    Ummmmmm…..Rodgers went on tv. I guess you missed it.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Ummmmmmm…….did I? Rodgers went on TV and said he was retiring? Said what? Said he wanted a trade? Said he wouldn’t report? What? What did Rodgers say on TV? I guess you’re the only one who saw anything. Please share.

  96. Rodgers is 1-4 in NFC Championship games and has only been to one Super Bowl – 11 years ago!! He is not a clutch big time QB in playoff games as his record clearly demonstrates, unlike Brady, who is clutch and has won seven Super Bowls. Rodgers even lost to Brady last season even with the game being played at Lambeau Field, just like Rodgers said he wanted. Rodgers whole record shows he is not a winner against the best playoff teams – that’s why the Packers have not even been to the Super Bowl in over 10 years! Time to move on to a new QB in Green Bay!!

  97. Baffling. Why draft a QB in the 1st round last year if they weren’t ready to move on from Rodgers? GB should strike while the iron is hot and trade Rodgers for a slew of picks to start the rebuild.

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