That’s the story Rodgers told Monday night during an appearance on SportsCenter to commemorate Kenny Mayne’s final show on ESPN. It was the first public explanation of how the standoff between him and his team reached this point.
While Rodgers admitted that things changed significantly last year when general manager Brian Gutekunst was traded for the draft of Love, Rodgers’ potential replacement, he suggested his role was more about how that Gutekunst had handled.
“With my situation, look, it was never about a draft pick, picking Jordan,” Rodgers told Mayne. “I love Jordan, he’s a great kid. [We’ve had] a lot of fun working together. I love the coaching staff, I love my teammates, I love the fan base in Green Bay. An incredible 16 years old. It’s just kind of a philosophy and maybe forgetting that it’s the people who make it work. It’s a question of character, it’s a question of culture, it’s doing things the right way. “
Rodgers, 37, has just won his third MVP award. He believes that by playing so well last year – when he led the Packers to a 13-3 record and a place in the NFC Championship game for the second straight season – he changed the Packers’ plans for get away from him. Gutekunst admitted he should have communicated better with Rodgers before trading to take Love at No.26 in the 2020 draft.
“A lot of that was set in motion last year, and the key was just thrown away when I won the MVP title and played the way I played last year,” Rodgers said. during the interview. “It’s just, I think, a fallout of it all. But it’s about the people, and that’s the most important thing. Green Bay has always been about people -om Curly Lambeau being owner and founder to the ’60s with [Vince] Lombardi and Bart Starr and all those amazing names to ’90s teams with coach [Mike] Holmgren and Favrey [Brett Favre] and the Minister of Defense [Reggie White] to the race we did. It’s about people. “
Rodgers praised just about everyone except Gutekunst and the Packers front office, confirming a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter in April that Rodgers had become unhappy with that part of the organization.
“I think sometimes people forget what really makes an organization,” Rodgers said Monday. “The story is important, the legacy of so many who came before you. But folks, this is the most important thing. People make an organization, people make a business and sometimes it gets forgotten. The culture is built brick by brick, it was founded by the people, not by the organization, nor by the building, nor by the society.
“I’ve had the chance to play with a number of amazing and amazing people and I’ve been able to work for amazing people as well. These are the people who build the foundations of these entities. I think sometimes we forget that. “
Rodgers confirmed ESPN’s report on Monday that he skipped the team’s first OTA session, but declined to say how he wanted the situation to end. Although the OTAs are volunteers, Rodgers will miss a $ 500,000 training bonus related to participation in the off-season program.
If Rodgers does not show up for next month’s minicamp, he is liable to a fine of $ 93,085 ($ 15,515 for the first day missed, $ 31,030 for the second day missed and $ 46,540 for the third day). lack). It would become even more expensive at training camp. There is a mandatory fine of $ 50,000 per day missed, plus one week’s regular season pay for each preseason game missed.
If Rodgers wants Gutekunst removed from his role as chief executive as a condition of his return, it seems unlikely. The Packers have remained committed to Gutekunst, and he insisted he won’t trade Rodgers, who still has three years on his contract.