Actions Speak More Than Words in Matt LaFleur’s Aaron Rodgers Plan | Launderer report


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Back in February, New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman repeatedly proclaimed he didn’t sign wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to overtime just to trade him. A month later, that’s exactly what he did.

In May, the New York Jets had “no intention” of marketing Jamal Adams security. Two months later, they sent him to the Seattle Seahawks.

Several years ago, team owner Dan Snyder said he would never change the name of the Washington NFL team. He changed his tune this summer, temporarily renaming the Washington football team while he decides on a permanent name.

Faces by the way are equal for the course of the NFL. We have become insensitive to them, and owners, GMs and coaches often get away with them because “circumstances change”.

That’s why Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur’s comments about quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ future are virtually hollow.

“Right now, mostly, Aaron is our quarterback, and I’ve seen him here for a very long time,” LaFleur said this week, by Athletic’s Matt Schneidman. “Regardless of the length of time, I don’t think anyone knows. Nothing is guaranteed in this league. But I feel so lucky to be able to work with him on a daily basis. “

Indeed, few things are guaranteed in professional football. For example, Rodgers is only guaranteed $ 17.2 million beyond the 2021 season, according to Spotrac, which allows the Packers to create more than $ 20 million in pay savings by releasing or trading a player. who will then be 38 years old.

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This 2022 offseason features an obvious and natural transition point between Rodgers and 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love, who the Packers traded to acquire despite Rodgers being at the top of the quarterback depth chart and significant need. to other positions.

LaFleur can insist he’s seen Rodgers at Green Bay for “a very long time” – a vague phrase he’s used twice since the draft – and he can tell us Love was the next name on the draft. of the Packers. But we all know that draft tables are fluid, that a contender to trade in the first round for a substitute quarterback doesn’t make sense unless the organization has big plans for said player, and that “Very long” means almost nothing with the adjective that “nothing is guaranteed.” ”

In April, LaFleur was asked to explain what he meant by “a very long time”. His answer:

“You know how this league works. I know you’re tired of me saying this, but it’s about getting better every day and we’re going to take it week by week. In my mind, I think Aaron is hands down the best quarterback I know. I think he’s the best ever. I hope he can play until he decides he doesn’t want to play anymore. ”

He hopes.

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Any statement less confident or declarative than these would be extremely controversial. That’s the bare minimum from LaFleur, who has his say about his current starter because there is no need to stir the pot any further.

Logic suggests Brett Favre is more likely to be right in suggesting Rodgers “will play somewhere else” before his career is over. The two-time MVP says he still has “a strong desire” to play in his forties, but that can’t happen in Green Bay without the Packers essentially wasting a first-round pick on Love.

The Packers had to know Rodgers wouldn’t be “thrilled” or “thrilled” with the decision to trade for Love, but they still sacrificed a first and fourth round pick to do so rather than bolster the supporting cast. by Rodgers. 2020.

Regardless of Love’s position on the Green Bay scoreboard, the front office went out of their way and ruffled the feathers with a move that didn’t help the team in the short term, jeopardized chemistry on and off the pitch and probably set a countdown. for Rodgers’ time in Green Bay.

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Love is an intriguing prospect, but Analyst of the draft Bleacher report Matt Miller this the 21-year-old Utah state product “could end up being the best quarterback in class or a backup companion.” It’s quite a far cry from “sure thing” status and is probably a toss-up at best.

The Packers could have had other shots at quarterback prospects with similar characteristics and similar potential career paths in the upcoming drafts. Instead, they have ignored major needs ahead of a critical season with Rodgers ‘window likely being closed and mortgaged their future for a generic development project that is now inevitably seen as Rodgers’ successor.

Their words are kind, but their actions remain deafening.

Brad Gagnon has covered the NFL for Bleacher Report since 2012. Follow him on Twitter: @Brad_Gagnon.


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