Aaron Rodgers doesn39;t want to return to Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers unhappy with Packers as negotiations on extension … Thu, 29 Apr 2021 13:00:00 -0700-MVP Aaron Rodgers is so upset with the Green Bay Packers that he has told some within the organization that he does not want to return to the team, league …
Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so disgruntled with the Green Bay Packers that he has told some within the organization that he does not want to return to the team, league and team sources told ESPN on Thursday.
The Packers are aware of his feelings, concerned about them and have had team president Mark Murphy, general manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur each fly out on separate trips to meet with Rodgers at various points this offseason, sources told ESPN.
“As we’ve stated since the season ended, we are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond,” Gutekunst told ESPN. “Aaron has been a vital part of our success and we look forward to competing for another championship with him leading our team.”
Rodgers, 37, has not budged this offseason, but neither have the Packers, who have made it known they are not interested in trading Rodgers anywhere.
The Packers quickly dismissed the Rams’ overtures, the source said. While teams have inquired about Rodgers this offseason, no team has made a trade offer for the three-time MVP, a source told ESPN.
The Packers have offered to extend Rodgers’ contract, sources told ESPN.
The NFL Live crew talks about what’s next for the Packers and Aaron Rodgers in their tenuous relationship.
Rodgers is unhappy for a variety of reasons, with some of it dating to last year’s draft when the Packers didn’t inform him before trading up to draft a quarterback with their first-round pick. Some took this as a sign that his days in Green Bay could be numbered.
He also is at a different point in his personal life, having recently gotten engaged to actress Shailene Woodley. Rodgers also has hosted “Jeopardy!” and said it would be a dream to become the full-time host. He could play football and also host “Jeopardy!”
Rodgers has made cryptic comments about his future in Green Bay, but he has told others that he does not want to return.
On draft night, the Packers’ biggest issue isn’t who they land, but whether they can keep Rodgers.
An NFL player has never been traded after winning the MVP award in the previous season. The only MVPs to not return to their team in the season after winning the award were Norm Van Brocklin (retired after winning in 1960) and Jim Brown (retired after winning in 1965).
Rodgers’ contract contained a $6.8 million roster bonus due in March. It could have been converted into a signing bonus that would have freed up more than $4.5 million in salary-cap space for this season but instead it “vested as scheduled,” a source told ESPN at the time. It’s listed as an automatic conversion in Rodgers’ contract, but even that has to be signed off on by both parties. It’s not known if the Packers tried to convert and Rodgers refused to sign off on it, or if they did not attempt a conversion.
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky contributed to this report.
Aaron Rodgers doesn’t want to return to Green Bay Packers … Thu, 29 Apr 2021 13:00:00 -0700-NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have been negotiating a long-term contract for weeks, and at times during the …
The Packers attempted to quell worries about Aaron Rodgers‘ future earlier this week by stating he’d be their quarterback “for the foreseeable future,” but it doesn’t sound as certain from Rodgers’ perspective.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the two sides have been negotiating a long-term contract for weeks, and at times during the negotiations, Rodgers has been unhappy. With no deal done, Rodgers remains unhappy, leaving room for concern in Green Bay.
The negotiations have involved Rodgers’ agent, Dave Dunn, flying to Green Bay to work on a deal. The goal for Rodgers: work out an extension to keep him in Green Bay and provide contractual security, as he did not want a restructure, per Rapoport. With the negotiations ongoing, other teams learned Rodgers was unhappy and called Green Bay to gauge his availability, to which they received denials.
The Packers eventually offered an extension, but no deal has been made, Rapoport added.
One of those teams was the San Francisco 49ers, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. A formal offer was never made, but the Niners had heard enough to pick up the phone and see if they might have room to make a deal. There is a “zero percent chance” the Packers would trade the reigning AP NFL Most Valuable Player, Pelissero added.
Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst addressed the matter by releasing a statement Thursday afternoon: “As we’ve stated since the season ended, we are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond. Aaron has been a vital part of our success and we look forward to competing for another championship with him leading our team.”
As the drama has played out this offseason, Rodgers was also the guest host for Jeopardy! for two weeks and came off impressively enough that the belief is he could be among the candidates to become the full-time host, Rapoport added. On Saturday, Rodgers will be at another high-profile non-football event as he’s heading to the Kentucky Derby, Rapoport added.
And for now, Rodgers remains unhappy as a Packer with immediate security but little to speak of long term. With 2020 first-rounder Jordan Love, who Rapoport reports the Packers believe has performed well in practice and have seen positive early returns on, lurking behind him on the depth chart, it’s easy to see why Rodgers would want an extension that puts him in a better spot. It just might not fit Green Bay’s own long-term plans. Consider their marriage to be rocky until they work out a deal.
– April 29, 2021
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