Thursday’s bombshell news report indicating that Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay left those around the NFL world stunned, including a few of Rodgers’ former teammates.
The Packers star is so “disgruntled” with Green Bay that he has told members of the organization that he does not want to return to the team, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who notes that the Packers are “aware” and “concerned” about Rodgers’ feelings.
Rodgers is reportedly unhappy for multiple reasons, including the Packers’ decision to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with their 2020 first-round pick. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Rodgers and the Packers have been negotiating a “long-term contract” following his 2020 MVP season. Rodgers has become frustrated with Green Bay’s insistence on restructuring his deal instead of offering an extension, Rapoport said.
Despite Rodgers’ frustrations, the Packers have no plans to move the 37-year-old, according to Schefter.
“As we’ve stated since the season ended, we are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond,” Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst told Schefter. “Aaron has been a vital part of our success and we look forward to competing for another championship with him leading our team.”
Here’s how a few former Packers players reacted to the shocking news:
Randall Cobb, WR (2011-18)
Jermichael Finley, TE (2008-13)
You can’t beat a QB like 12! Did the Packers org take it too far? Hoping these two greats can work it out!!! https://t.co/dxn0DeZwYm
— Jermichael Finley (@JermichaelF88) April 29, 2021
A.J. Hawk, LB (2006-14)
“I have not spoken to [Rodgers] about this,” Hawk said on Thursday’s edition of “The Pat McAfee Show.” “I don’t know. I’m learning just like you, from Schefter. I’m just trying to think — if he tells the Packers he does not want to return, that’s not a guarantee that he’s not going to be in Green Bay next year. But it sounds like they have a lot to work through.”
TJ Lang, OL (2009-2016)
For the record, I don’t think 12 gets traded. I think this could be a ploy to say y’all need to finally go get me another freaking playmaker… tonight.
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) April 29, 2021
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