The Green Bay Packers have until tomorrow to decide whether or not they will bring back their five-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers for a 16th season. The situation is a bit unique. The Green Bay Packers and future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers have a contract that runs through the 2020 season. There are just a few weeks left in the 2017 season. But, Rodgers will turn 35 years old this summer. ~ ~ ~
Since Aaron Rodgers has been at the center of a contract dispute with the Green Bay Packers, the team has come under fire from NFL fans who believe that the Packers have taken a highly questionable stance towards their starting quarterback.
The feud between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers team has reached a point of relative calm.
Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP, doesn’t answer questions about his future in Green Bay. Packers management, including team president Mark Murphy, just wants to focus on the upcoming season, whether their star quarterback is there or not.
But the Packers still want Rodgers at quarterback, right? Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk has a different idea.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk suggested that the Green Bay Packers may not want Aaron Rodgers in training camp this summer.
If Rodgers is healthy and playing quarterback, the Packers should still be considered a threat to win the Super Bowl title. The 2013 and 2017 teams can attest to what happens when he’s not a starter for an entire season.
Outside of Wisconsin, it’s understandable that the Packers and their fans would want to see Rodgers as a first-round pick over Jameis Winston and the New Orleans Saints as a center.
Florio suggested, however, that this might not be the case. In a recent episode of thePFT PMpodcast, Florio speculated that Packers management is hoping Rodgers doesn’t return to training camp and is preparing for his final trip to Green Bay.
Murphy, who likely signed for 2020 draft pick Jordan Love, might be ready to turn things around, perhaps hoping Rodgers doesn’t show up and then [Rodgers] becomes the bad guy. Fans will always line up behind the laundry room, especially in Green Bay where many fans own part of the laundry room because they are shareholders.
Florio said he has no inside information on what Murphy or Packers management may or may not think. The ProFootballTalk founder also said he thinks Rodgers will still be in camp.
The Packers are in an intriguing situation of their own making. The Packers aren’t necessarily rebuilding, and they have Love just a few months after Rodgers led the Packers to the NFC Championship.
Florio’s theory that the Packers don’t want Rodgers to apply has a good point. This has nothing to do with the financial implications of Rodgers missing all of the team’s offseason workouts and losing over $35 million by not playing for the Packers this season.
Rodgers and the Packers have been together since 2005, and he has been the team’s starting quarterback since 2008. If Tom Brady couldn’t finish his entire career with the New England Patriots, who expects Rodgers to do the same, especially after the team didn’t communicate with him about using a first-rate quarterback?
Florio summed it up perfectly in the podcast when he said Rodgers would be the bad guy if he didn’t show up to training camp. History is made by winners, and the Packers can make history with their star quarterback for now if they want to.
The Packers can then turn this story around and encourage fans and the entire football world to give Love a chance. The organization has been there before with Brett Favre in 2008, and look how that turned out. Two seasons after trading Favre, Rodgers and the Packers hold the Lombardi Trophy in jubilation at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
All of the Packers’ quarterbacks, with the exception of Aaron Rodgers, are in attendance for the latest OTA open to the media. Here’s Jordan Love training. pic.twitter.com/EfRWMQahBZ
– Olivia Reiner (@ReinerOlivia) June 15, 2021
Even if the Packers eventually get their hands on the story that Rodgers was the bad guy, that won’t change the reality of the team’s miscommunication with its quarterback all along.
All of this should serve as a lesson for teams, whether it’s the Seahawks and Russell Wilson or the Browns and Baker Mayfield. Quarterbacks have a huge impact, and the best signal-callers in the league are the difference between a wild-card spot and a top-10 draft pick. Too much can be lost if you don’t know how to communicate in these situations.
As for Love, this is not a team that has a chance at the postseason if Rodgers is not the starter in 2021. Say what you want about Kirk Cousins, but he and the Vikings become instant favorites in the NFC North division as love begins in Green Bay.
However, Rodgers and the Packers have some time to put all this behind them, at least for now, and make one last attempt at a comeback in the Super Bowl. At least, if thePackers want the reigningMVP at 27. July at training camp.
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COMPARED TO: Alex Smith has officially joined the feud between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. I don’t think everything is perfect there.
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