Aaron Rodgers sounds like a guy who is content to stay where he is

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Wednesday’s press-conference diatribe directed at MVP voter Hub Arkush obscured other comments from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers that are far more significant to his future career prospects.

As Simms and I have discussed recently, Rodgers may have a hard time finding a better situation than his current one in 2022. Appearing on SiriusXM’s The Adam Schein Podcast, Rodgers was asked whether this year in Green Bay has changed his assessment regarding whether the grass is greener elsewhere.

The grass is greener where you water it,” Rodgers said. “I really believe that. And you know, that’s an adage to dissuade people from going out and taking risk and chances, and you know, I think that where you spend your time and energy and what you choose to water will always be the greenest part of your life. I decided when I came back that I was going to be all in with the team and all in to see things move forward to a better place. And that’s what the conversations were about, you know, during the offseason, was about being a part of those conversations that impact my ability to do my job. And I, you know, from one of the first days, Brian [Gutekunst] and I sat it down and got on the same page and it’s been a really nice Fall and Winter. I appreciate his approach, how it’s been, and it’s been very meaningful to me. So I’m thankful for that relationship, where it’s at at this point, and that’s made my life that much more enjoyable. So I gotta give Brian a lot of credit for meeting me in the middle.”

That’s obviously a very significant observation from Rodgers, one that truly opens the door to a return in 2022, since it suggests that fences have mended.

There’s also a chance that he never really wanted to go anywhere else. That he just wanted to make enough of a stink to force the front office to change its ways. Being the center of attention in the NFL was probably nice, too.

Of course, as we explained last week, the ultimate gesture of flexibility and appreciation will come from the extent to which the team is willing to make Rodgers the kind of financial offer that shows proper appreciation for a pair of MVP seasons, that makes the eventual ascension of Jordan Love moot, and that guarantees many more millions over the course of the next two or three years, in order to ensure that Rodgers eventually will have the kind of send off at Lambeau Fied that Ben Roethlisberger enjoyed on Monday night in Pittsburgh.

57 responses to “Aaron Rodgers sounds like a guy who is content to stay where he is

  1. Let’s face it, AR is an enigma. His public comments are all over the place. No one knows what he actually believes or wants. He may not even know from day to day. Trying to discern what he may think tomorrow or a year from now is an exercise in futility.

  2. That’s all fine and good and would make a lovely Lifetime movie someday. It’s a shame Rodgers’ true character came out in the meantime. Insulting the intelligence of Packer fans and football fans alike by surreptitiously avoiding a vaccine and then lying about it and then getting indignant about it……well……he can go ahead and walk as far as I’m concerned. His teammates have worked hard to get where they are. I never said he wasn’t a superb athlete, he’s just a lowlife character. Win the SuperBowl, then hit the road. He owes it.

    This isn’t about the vaccine. It’s about lying and character. He’s in the boat with Braun, Armstrong, and Palmeiro.

  3. Nothing surprising here .. media speculation ran rampant thinking Rodgers would never play again in GB although he never said anything remotely close to it. He has owned the NFC north and will continue to do so should he indeed stay. Speculation and conjecture has more than likely now turned into the grass isn’t greener on the other side of the fence.

  4. “The grass is greener where you water it,” Rodgers said. He is right about this.

  5. Whatever they pay him is not enough, simply one of the very best to ever play the game.

  6. Love isn’t the future in GB. If Rodgers leaves, they are a totally different team. Comes down to when they want to pull the plug and rebuild.

  7. With love being a complete disaster they better pull all of the strings to keep Rogers.

  8. It just doesn’t make sense for him to leave. He currently has a top 1-2 WR in his prime, a great and young running game, a good offensive line and a very good defense. Add to that, he’s playing with one of, if not the best offensive minded coach who also gives Aaron autonomy to make the calls he wants.

    It sounds to me that Aaron either got the “moving on” out of his system, or he simply enjoys enabling speculation and being the topic of conversation during the offseason. It’s probably both of those things, to be honest.

  9. Ya’ll Talk more about the 1 ring wonder more than any player in the league.

    P.S Brad Johnson has just as many Rings

  10. the ultimate gesture of flexibility and appreciation will come from the extent to which the team is willing to make Rodgers the kind of financial offer that shows proper appreciation for a pair of MVP seasons,

    ++++++

    The Packers gave Rodgers an extension in 2018 to appease him for feeling like the previous contract he signed had him underpaid with the passage of time.

    If Rodgers wants to always maintain his spot near the top of the compensation list then he should stop agreeing to long term deals.

  11. Rodgers never did have any intention of leaving Green Bay.he knew what side his bread was buttered on and it wasnt in Denver.the guy is very intelligent and he played his hand perfectly in this case and will get rewarded in a big way.this also means Devonte Adams will resign with the Packers and the other free agent Packers know where their success will be in the coming years and it isnt away from Green Bay.they can always make millions of more dollars they dont really need but they will never have the success in the NFL as they have now in Green Bay with Rodgers as their leader.

  12. I don’t think Aaron Rodgers is the personnel director of the Packers, and it wasn’t his decision to trade away a first round pick and a third rounder to move up higher in the first round to draft a QB. They traded away those two precious picks when they were only a player away from winning another super bowl. They could easily have drafted the missing pieces, but they chose to move on from Rodgers. It was only after that all happened that Rodgers won another MVP, and then the Packers started to put the toothpaste back in the tube and it got a little messy. Rodgers never initiated anything. Mark Murphy had to have been calling those shots.

  13. Even if you dislike Aaron Rodgers, you have to agree that drafting Jordan Love was a mistake and Aaron is right to be upset about it. The Packers were one player away from the Super Bowl last year.

  14. How come the only people who stress and complain about Rodgers having one ring are non-Packers fans?

  15. Just think NFL fans, someday this jerk will be gone and we wont have to read about, hear about, see about him any longer. Hopefully sooner than later.

  16. They traded away those two precious picks when they were only a player away from winning another super bowl. They could easily have drafted the missing pieces, but they chose to move on from Rodgers…. Mark Murphy had to have been calling those shots.
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    We said the exact same thing when Rodgers was drafted.

    The Love pick appears to have lit a fire under Rodgers, which we are reaping the rewards from. If Love is a bust, so be it. We got 2 more brilliant seasons from Rodgers, and had a real shot at 2 more Super Bowls.

    .. if Murphy is meddling with football decisions, the Packers will get what they deserve.

  17. Well he will be at it all over again to take pressure off him after another NFC championship turd of a game. That is what the last one was really all about deflection of blame for his performance in that game.

  18. Rodgers never did have any intention of leaving Green Bay.
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    I still want to know if the Rams pitched the Stafford deal for Rodgers.

    I believe that is where all this started, and I do understand why Rodgers would be interested in that, based on what his life after football is shaping up to be.

  19. The only team that would possibly be an upgrade for Rodgers next season is the Indianapolis Colts. Great running game, defense, and coach, cap space, and in an even worse division than the NFC North.

    But even then, why move?

  20. He’s not going anywhere. What other division could he have a minimum of 5 wins per year.

  21. If they were 16-0, I’d understand the mvp talk, but 13-3 is 1 win over a depleted team better…usually the mvp talkers are stat nerds, now all of a sudden they’re not, when Brady has them all…Brady lost out on mvps to Manning, Ryan, Peterson, etc based on adherence to stats, now it’s conveniently gone?!?!

  22. I’ve been assured by several credible Vikings fan sources that this is Rodgers last year in Green Bay, and that we are in for a decades long string of 3 win seasons beginning next year.

    We’re all very concerned. 😂

  23. of course. He was never going anywhere. Probably gonna play another 10 years too

  24. P.S Brad Johnson has just as many Rings
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    Imagine if that Bucs D had been paired with a good QB?

    Top 10 every year Dungy was there. Top 5 3x.

    QBs like Brad Johnson got Dungy fired.

  25. I think it’s premature to consider what AR might or might do. All it takes is a bad game in the playoffs for everything to change. If things go well, he’ll probably stay or ride off into the sunset. If they don’t, who knows?

  26. Apparently BillH hasn’t seen Green Bay’s salary cap situation for next year,good luck keeping davante

  27. yeahsayswho says:

    January 6, 2022 at 8:04 am

    Ya’ll Talk more about the 1 ring wonder more than any player in the league.

    P.S Brad Johnson has just as many Rings

    ———–
    Guess what? It’s been said to you before but you ignore it, there are only 12 I repeat 12 qbs in NFL history with multiple superbowl wins and the only 2 currently playing are Roethlisberger so instead of whining “1 ring wonder” maybe you should realize that’s better than most and very,very few(again only 12) have more 🤦‍♂️ I’m sure you’ll continue to make this same pointless argument though

  28. But what happens when they lose in the playoffs again this year? He will be all pissed off again and looking for others to blame. The Packers are not some juggernaut team. They need some breaks along the way to get to the Super Bowl and many times you don’t get all those.

  29. ‘One Ring Wonder,’One Ring Blunder,’ One Ring Circus Clown,’ ‘One Ring Around The Collar,’ etc. you know what they say, a Titan Arum by any other name . . .

  30. Let’s just wait till the off-season and see how the Packers do in the playoffs .

  31. Good! Then the debate about Rodgers being the GOAT over Brady has come to an end…finally! Or are Packers fans going to make the same pointless argument year after year after year? Packers find themselves in a little trouble as far as being able to sign guys like Adams and others. Only Rodgers knows what he is going to do, and the front office is going to have to dig very deep if he takes the team to the big dance and they win. One thing is clear the Packer roster will look very different next year. Question is will it be potent enough for the success they have had this year.

  32. Famous Amos says:
    January 6, 2022 at 8:58 am
    How come the only people who stress and complain about Rodgers having one ring are non-Packers fans?

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Incorrect, and it’s not a complaint, it’s a fact. The reason why fans, even some Packer fans, mention it is because of his arrogant personality. The man needs a good lesson in humility.

  33. As soon as the Packers inevitably lose another NFC Championship at home, watch the wheels fall off the bus and the finger pointing begin. Rodgers will be his passive/aggressive self and start spouting off weird phrases and the offseason drama will commence once again. Sure, winning solves problems but losing magnifies them. Grab the popcorn.

  34. whineconniseur says:
    January 6, 2022 at 9:25 am
    If they were 16-0, I’d understand the mvp talk, but 13-3 is 1 win over a depleted team better…usually the mvp talkers are stat nerds, now all of a sudden they’re not, when Brady has them all…Brady lost out on mvps to Manning, Ryan, Peterson, etc based on adherence to stats, now it’s conveniently gone?!?!
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Stats? Oh, is it because Brady has more passing TDs and yards? Well he should considering he has 170 more passing attempts. Here are the stats you don’t want though; Rodgers has more passing yards per attempt and a higher completion percentage. Depleted team? I suppose you think the Packers have been healthy all season? Enjoy your comeback win… over the Jets.

  35. When will he apologize for lying a real man stands up and admits he deceived us all and continues
    to lie about the vaccine i love the Packers but him naaaaa he’s a bum .

  36. harianus says:
    January 6, 2022 at 7:48 am
    With love being a complete disaster they better pull all of the strings to keep Rogers.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Imagine they were stuck with Mond………and Cousins! It would be an unmitigated disaster.

  37. Good! Then the debate about Rodgers being the GOAT over Brady has come to an end…finally! Or are Packers fans going to make the same pointless argument year after year after year?
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    Sad thing there is, there isn’t any debate.

    For the Brady guys, its Brady, and it isn’t close. Same for the Rodgers camp.

    The discussion just disintegrates into mindless argument, similar to political conversation.

  38. I hope the Packers don’t wheel and deal for Mond. He’s looking like a real franchise QB for our Vikes.

  39. The Packers willfully let Rodgers break protocol has not to upset him. They have been kissing his but since he trashed them all offseason. So sure, why not. He now runs the show there.

  40. Football is a game of leverage whether you’re a lineman or defensive back. Rodgers understands this. Contracts are negotiated on exclusively on leverage. Rodgers was just being an agile businessman to get more leverage in his contract/future. Most people hate negotiating or re-negotiating contracts, Rodgers relishes it. Good for him. Thus the hate for him by some fans, his employees like the Bears and their press minions, and his foreverly optimistic challengers – the Vikings. Everybody hates a loser but some are envious of successful people because they haven’t met their own expectations of success.

  41. Football is a game of leverage whether you’re a lineman or defensive back. Rodgers understands this. Contracts are negotiated exclusively on leverage. Rodgers was just being an agile businessman to get more leverage in his contract/future. Most people hate negotiating or re-negotiating contracts, Rodgers relishes it. Good for him. Thus the hate for him by some fans, his employees like the Bears and their press minions, and his foreverly optimistic challengers – the Vikings. Everybody hates a loser but some are envious of successful people because they haven’t met their own expectations of success.

  42. charliecharger says:
    January 6, 2022 at 8:25 am

    They traded away those two precious picks when they were only a player away from winning another super bowl.

    +++++

    The Packers gave up a third rounder to swap firsts. That’s one pick they traded away, not two. How many times does this need to explained?

  43. packerlies says:
    January 6, 2022 at 6:18 pm
    charliecharger says:
    January 6, 2022 at 8:25 am

    They traded away those two precious picks when they were only a player away from winning another super bowl.

    +++++

    The Packers gave up a third rounder to swap firsts. That’s one pick they traded away, not two. How many times does this need to explained?

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    We’re agreeing to the same exact thing. The Packers traded a 1st and a 3rd for a higher first.

    And anyone comparing it to the Brett Favre deal, Favre kept the Packers guessing for a couple off-seasons as to whether or not he was going to retire. After a couple of those off-seasons, the Packers figured they better get a plan B together. Rodgers was never doing anything like that. Apples to oranges.

  44. We’re agreeing to the same exact thing. The Packers traded a 1st and a 3rd for a higher first.
    +++++
    I’m not sure we are….try this, how many “precious” draft picks did Green Bay lose in the transaction that allowed them to draft Jordan Love?

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