Aaron Rodgers is back with the Packers. On some level, the Packers might wish he hadn’t.
Rodgers traded months of (mostly) silence for complete, unvarnished candor about his concerns. At his first 2021 training camp press conference, Rodgers reviewed his issues with the organization.
Deep down, and as is generally believed, Rodgers thinks he shouldn’t be treated like an employee.
“The organization sees me and my job as just a game,” said Rodgers. He explained that, given his unique circumstances, he should have “a little more input”.
He expressed his frustration with the team’s failure to seek advice on issues such as who will or will not stay with the team.
“At least being in the conversation makes it seem like you matter, that you are respected,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers said his overarching goal was and is “to try to be a resource for the organization.”
He said he was offered more money, but it was not about the money. He admitted he wanted more commitment, which is what we had said from the start – he wanted the Packers to be linked to him beyond 2021, breaking the approach year on year. that the Packers are currently adopting with him. However, he said the team had not had any conversations with him about a contract extension that would extend the engagement beyond May.
In the end, he was asked if he wanted to be with the Packers.
“I do,” Rodgers said. “I love my teammates, I love the city, I love my coaches. “
He had doubts, however. Rodgers admitted that retirement is “definitely something I’ve been thinking about.” Recently, however, he decided to stay put.
“We have figured out some things in the last few days and now I am here,” he said.
Rodgers, although he said so many things that matched much of what had been reported regarding his situation, tried to blame the media for overdoing his situation. He insisted that he had not disclosed anything and neither did his agents. (I’ll believe the first, but not the last.)
What about 2022?
“I really don’t know,” Rodgers said. “Things in that direction haven’t really changed at all. . . . . There are going to be a lot of tough decisions at the end of the year. I will just enjoy this year.
He admitted he had not received any assurances that he would be traded in 2022.
“I’m not a victim here at all,” Rodgers said. ” It’s a company. “
It certainly is. And he wasn’t happy with the way the Packers did business. Whether the Packers change the way they do business will go a long way in determining whether he wants to stay.