Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has apparently been considering leaving the NFC North squad for some time and is said to have signed during the 2020 season.
According to Tyler Dunne of Go Long, the future Hall of Famer told some opposing players that he wanted to leave the only NFL team he had ever known and even asked if they would be interested in joining him elsewhere.
The drama surrounding Rodgers has been one of the biggest intrigues in all of the NFL this offseason, and ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported on Monday that he did not show up for the start of organized team activities.
It wasn’t a surprising development, although he usually frequents OTAs and has an off-season training bonus in his contract.
From a team perspective, Packers president Mark Murphy told reporters he wanted Rodgers to be at the center of “2021 and beyond.”
Still, the Packers selected Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft and added Blake Bortles as veteran insurance this offseason. Rodgers is one of the main reasons Green Bay reached the last two games of the NFC Championship, but the team may have to move on if they are adamant that they don’t play for it.
Rodgers talking to other players about his departure is not a new development, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reported on May 5 that Rodgers had told some impending free agents in Green Bay that he had no plans to return.
Everything seems to be on the table at this point, from a trade to a possible Rodgers holdout.
How the situation unfolds will surely determine the fate of the Packers as potential Super Bowl contenders in 2021.