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Packers place Simon Stepaniak on reserve/retired

Offensive guard Simon Stepaniak missed the past two practices of training camp for personal reasons. On Saturday, the Packers announced they placed Stepaniak on the reserve/retired list. Stepaniak was running as the No. 2 right guard. The Packers drafted Stepaniak in the sixth round in 2020, but he never played a down in the NFL. [more]

Cardinals “like” having Kyler Murray’s input in personnel decisions

Tom Brady had to change teams before he had any say in personnel decisions; it took Aaron Rodgers 17 seasons and an offseason power play before he got the Packers reluctantly to trade for a receiver of his choice; and Russell Wilson has made clear his desire to have a seat at the management table. [more]

Kyler Murray loved the honesty from Aaron Rodgers on Wednesday

Plenty of people not employed by the front office of the Green Bay Packers liked Wednesday’s unvarnished press conference from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. That group included Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray. “People like to sugarcoat shit,” Murray told reporters on Friday, via Darren Urban of the team’s official website. “I Iove how honest he was.” It’s [more]

Madden 22 quarterback ratings include some curious choices in the top 10

To no surprise, the new Madden game has Patrick Mahomes rated as the best quarterback, with a 99. The surprises come after that. Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who turns 44 in four days, comes in at No. 2 with a 97. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the 2020 NFL MVP, has a 96. He’s third. Fourth [more]

Patrick Mahomes completes the Madden 22 99 Club

The new Madden video game comes out soon, and the folks at EA have built buzz by gradually releasing initial ratings for players at all positions. Along the way, the game has announced the new edition of its 99 Club, players who start with a 99 from the outset of the season. The 99 Club [more]

If Jordan Love were ready to go, Aaron Rodgers would be gone

The Packers have insisted on keeping Aaron Rodgers around for at least 2021 for one very simple reason. His replacement isn’t ready. Jordan Love, the quarterback for whom the Packers traded up in the first round of the 2020 draft, hasn’t gotten the reps necessary to prepare to play. With no preseason last year due [more]

Micah Hyde: When I left Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers told me how frustrated he was

When Aaron Rodgers addressed reporters for the first time after reporting to Packers training camp, he conducted an airing of grievances that included listing several good players who left the Packers, whom Rodgers says the team should have kept. One of those players was Micah Hyde, who was drafted by the Packers in 2013, played [more]

Source: Aaron Rodgers signing bonus forfeiture remains in place for 2022

As it turns out, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got only one concession for showing up or training camp. PFT has confirmed via multiple sources, as initially reported by Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, that the Packers did not waive the ability to recover $11.5 million in signing bonus money previously paid to Rodgers, if he [more]

Minkah Fitzpatrick takes issue with his Madden 22 rating

As we’ve mentioned when listing the Madden ratings at various positions for the upcoming edition of the game, some players could be motivated by the rating they’ve received. Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick definitely will take motivation from the fact that he has landed at No. 10 among all safeties, with a rating of 89. “I [more]

Packers waive Aaron Rodgers bonus forfeiture for 2022

The Packers didn’t make one concession in the negotiations that got Aaron Rodgers back in the fold. They made two. Per multiple reports, the new Rodgers contract both removes the 2023 season and eliminates the team’s ability to recover $11.5 million in unearned bonus money in the event Rodgers retires or holds out in 2022. [more]

Tension still lingers between Aaron Rodgers, Packers

They may have hammered out the terms of a revised contract and the player may be in camp with the rest of the team, but there’s still tension between quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. The latest flash point came from Thursday’s comment by Packers G.M. Brian Gutekunst that the team “may alter” the Rodgers [more]

Report: Aaron Rodgers’ reworked deal is done

Aaron Rodgers showed up to training camp on time this week on the same contract he ended last season. The sides needed a few days to work out the details on mutually agreed upon new terms. Finally, the Packers and Rodgers have agreed to the terms and language on the reworked deal, Ian Rapoport of [more]

Randall Cobb: Green Bay’s like a Fortune 500 company, the Texans a startup

The Texans went 4-12 last season with Deshaun Watson. They aren’t expected to have Watson as their quarterback this season, and 20 seasons after entering the NFL as an expansion franchise, are starting over with a new General Manager, a new head coach, a new almost everything. So the trade Aaron Rodgers orchestrated allowed receiver [more]

Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes again sit atop player retail sales rankings

It’s Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes. Or Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady. For 12 consecutive quarters, dating to October 2018, either Brady or Mahomes has led in NFL player retail sales. Brady is first on the top-50 list, released Thursday by the NFLPA, and Mahomes is second from preseason results dating March 1 to May [more]

Randall Cobb “always hoped” he’d get back together with Aaron Rodgers

The deal that led to wide receiver Randall Cobb‘s return to the Packers may have been the result of the offseason friction between quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the organization, but that didn’t do anything to douse Cobb’s happiness about being back in Green Bay. Cobb greeted reporters at a Thursday press conference by saying that [more]

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