NFL 2021 So were the facts and statements between the Packers and the quarterbacks
Lyour Green Bay Packers They had to report on Tuesday for the start of training camp on Wednesday and, to everyone’s surprise, Aaron Rodgers was present.
The quarterback, who until today had not participated in any of the team’s offseason activities, He came back and aims for an untouched 17th season with the Packers, something that has been in doubt since Green Bay lost the NFC final, but that at the end of the day The novel ended as many expected: with Rodgers one more year before signing the divorce in 2022.
This is how this point was reached.
Just 16 years after the Packers chose Rodgers to be Brett Favre’s successor, Not only did Green Bay pick Jordan Love, they made a trade to go up in the first round.
Decision that bothered Rodgers, since hours before he declared in the Pat McAfee Show: “We haven’t picked a skill player in the first round in 15 years, so that would be great.”
Rodgers fell into the arms of tequila to get through this moment.
In his appearance on the podcast 10 questions of The ringer, Rodgers spoke of analyzing the receivers who might be in the selection 30, with options to choose a receiver after Minnesota chose Justin Jefferson, who seemed his favorite, but Tee Higgins, Brandon Aiyuk, Michael Pittman Jr., among others, were still available, but then his general manager wrote to him that they raised and went for a quarternack.
“I did not love the selection, Especially after being one game away from reaching the Super Bowl, I felt that we were a couple of players away from achieving it, but at the same time I understand that it is a business, it is reality. Definitely, as much as people want to compare, in 2004 the Packers finished 10-6 and lost in the first round of the Playoffs, now we are 13-3 and a Super Bowl game, we won a home game and we won the division, plus Brett had already talked about retirement and I said I want to play until 40. And I fell at 24, they made a change to go up and choose Jordan“.
Cutting a player who only had 10 receptions in 19 games with the Packers since 2018 shouldn’t be a news item, but it was the case. Jake Kumerow. In May 2021, NFL Networkreported that the move made Rodgers explode, since the quarterback wanted to be more involved in the team’s personnel decisions.
The Packers lost 31-26 to Tom Brady’s Buccaneers, the fourth time Rodgers fell in the conference final.
After the game, the first strong message about his future arrived: “There are many uncertain futures, including mine. That’s the saddest thing, when you get this far. It would end at some point, whether we made progress or not, but uncertainty is difficult and completion. There are many unknowns for this offseason. I’ll have to get away for a while, clear my mind, and see what happens to everything. It’s hard now, thinking about who they might not be with next year. Change is the only constant in this business. ”
Speaking for the last time in the Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers reverted to his comment after losing to Tampa Bay.
“It was more the realization that my future is not in my control. That hit me in the moment. I was thinking about Aaron Jones and Corey Linsley, players who have no contracts and I don’t know what the future holds for them, myself included. I can’t think of a reason why he won’t come back, but there are no absolutes in this business. So I said that thinking that nothing is a certainty and I guess that’s why everyone went crazy. ”
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On the day of the 2021 Draft, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Rodgers told Packers officials that he doesn’t want to go back to Green Bay.
Mark Schlereth of Fox Sports report whate Rodgers to Denver was ‘almost a closed deal’ and Jonathan Jones from CBS Sports reported that the Broncos are preparing an “impressive” deal to make the trade.
Days after the draft, Packers president Mark Murphy spoke on the team’s website about the report prior to the first round of the draft.
“This is an issue that we have been working on for several months. Brian Gutekunst, Matt LaFleur and I have flown on several occasions to meet with Aaron. We are very aware of Aaron’s concerns and have been working with him (and his agent Dave Dunn) to resolve them. We remain committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond. “
Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports! reported that Rodgers considered go back to the Packers if they fire GM Brian Gutekunst.
NFL Network reports Rodgers’ annoyance at not being considered in cutting Kumerow in September.
The athletic revealed the derogatory way the quarterback speaks of the team’s general manager, Brian Gutekunst, in a team player chat, referring to Gutekunst as Jerry Krause, the architect of the Chicago Bulls of the nineties and who ended up being Jordan’s ‘enemy’.
According to a report by Mike Garafolo from NFL Network, the quarterback will have affected the free agency of his current team, trying to prevent his fellow free agents from signing a new contract.
“Before they make a decision, I will probably not be there”, were the supposed words.
The NFL released the full schedule for the 2021 season and it appears at league offices. knew or trusted that the Packers and Rodgers will not separate, because it loses a lot of polish in games if Jordan Love or Blake Bortles is the starter of Green Bay in 5 Prime Time matches, plus one on Christmas Day, that the Packers had.
Aaron Rodgers did not show up to Packers camp for the OTAs, something he has never done in his career.
In an interview with Kenny Mayne’s latest SportsCenter, Rodgers noted that his annoyance is not about having a young quarterback, Jordan Love, behind him, rather it is a matter of how he has managed the franchise
“With my situation, look, it’s never been about the draft pick, picking Jordan. I love Jordan; he’s a great guy. We had so much fun working together. I love the coaching staff, I love my teammates, I love the base of fans in Green Bay, an incredible 16 years. It’s just kind of a problem of a philosophy and maybe forgetting that it’s about the people who make things work. It’s about character, it’s about culture, it’s about doing things the right way. “
After absent from voluntary workouts, the veteran quarterback missed the start of the Packers’ mandatory mini-camp, the first time in his career who does not participate in these sessions.
Matt Schneidman of The athletic reported that there were some players who did not participate on Tuesday due to Covid or injury, But the only one who decided not to go was Rodgers. NFL Network reported that he did not participate in a meeting at 8:30 a.m. local time.
At an event at Lambeau Field honoring the memory of former team manager Ted Thompson, Mark Murphy was asked about Rodgers’ future: “I am often reminded of Ted Thompson, as many know, the great manager who passed away this year, and I just said Aaron is complicated, not just Aaron, but several players. He used to say, ‘He’s a complicated guy.’ I’ll just say that “, declared Murphy in words compiled by NBC26.
Rodgers appeared at a press conference prior to The match, the golf game against Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson, but what caught the eye was the T-shirt he was wearing that said ‘I’m Offended’.
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During the transmission of TNT, Tom Brady time and time again made fun of the ‘divorce’ between Rodgers and Packers, but most worrying were the words of the quarterback when asked if he would be with the team at the beginning of the preseason.
“I don’t know, we’ll see”Rodgers said.
According to reports by Adam Schefter of ESPN, during this holiday period between the last Super Bowl and the start of the next season, The Packers offered Aaron Rodgers a two-year contract extension, which would have ‘tied’ him to Green Bay for the next five years, but Rodgers declined.
DraftKings, PointsBet and Westgate removed bets on win totals for NFC North teams, including the Packers, from their boards by a alleged rumor of Rodgers retirement.
Rumors of Rodgers’ return are growing. ESPN reports that the quarterback set conditions to return in 2021, the same ones that suggest that in 2022 he will no longer be in the team, similar to what Tom Brady did before leaving the Patriots.
The novel ends with the ending many anticipated: Rodgers back in 2021.
Since Green Bay chose Jordan Love, 2022 was the year indicated for the separation because two factors were combined: Rodgers’ contract will no longer cost them as much, and at the end of the 2022 season, the Packers will have to decide whether to activate the fifth to the option of love, which is lower than the star marshals contracts, even more so with the new collective bargaining agreement. But to activate that option, they would have to see Love on the field for at least one season.
So the plan remains on course, even though several extra turns have been made along the way instead of taking the more direct route.