Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers hinted at what went on behind the scenes to embitter him on the organization on Monday, praising many Packers members but leaving a few glaring omissions.
Pressed by Kenny Mayne on Sports center Of the situation with Green Bay, Rodgers became philosophical and said that “culture is built brick by brick” and that the franchise and its foundation “are about the people.”
It served as a prelude to the reigning MVP to refer to his frustration. He denied that Jordan Love’s selection in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft was an inciting incident and hinted that there had been a general disconnect with the decision-makers at the top:
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Rodgers also called his MVP victory a “wrench” in Green Bay’s plans with Love Anointed as the quarterback of the future.
“It’s just kind of, I think, the overflow of it all,” he said.
In general, his comments corroborated rumors of a major break with the front office.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported on April 29 the nine-time Pro Bowler “doesn’t like anybody at the front office for various reasons.” Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson followed on May 1 to report that Rodgers “remains adamant that he will not return to the team under the current leadership of general manager Brian Gutekunst.”
Athletic’s Bob McGinn provided more information on the behind-the-scenes drama, writing that Rodgers referred to Gutekunst as Jerry Krause, the former Chicago Bulls general manager. While Krause was the architect of a team that won six titles in eight years, he didn’t get along with many of the team’s key figures, including Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson.
Some have questioned whether a new contract would serve as an olive branch for the Packers.
Rodgers is signed until 2023, but his average salary of $ 33.5 million is tied for only ninth among quarterbacks. A new deal could provide long-term security and pay him off again as one of the NFL’s top callers.
Nothing the 37-year-old told Mayne was revealing. The fact that his issues with the front office seem so deeply rooted makes it seem like a pay rise alone won’t be enough to bring about a resolution.