NFL 2021 The QB speaks on the first day of the Green Bay training camp
The Packers began their training camp and Wednesday was the most awaited day, because Aaron Rodgers was scheduled to speak at a press conference for the first time since the January NFC final.
The quarterback talked about the entire saga with the Packers, how were the conversations with the team and the reasons why you are upset with the organization.
“There were many things that happened. It wasn’t just a Draft day. It started in February, at the end of the season. I expressed my desire to be more involved in the conversations that directly influence my work. The other thing in February was being involved in free agency issues, which I’ve never been involved in in my career.. I have trained with many over the years, with some rookies with my manager and I try to pass things on, that have not been used much in the past. He wants to serve as a ‘recruiter’. Green Bay is not a great ‘vacation’ destination, they come to play with me knowing they can win a championship. It’s what I wanted to change, based on my age and what I can do. I felt like it was natural, but I didn’t really change anything at that point. “.
“I also wanted to help the organization learn from mistakes, from the way veterans left the team, how we treat players he considered to be in the core, such as Charles Woodson, Nelson, Peppers, Matthews, Cobb, James Jones, Kuhn, Lang, Bulaga, Hayward, Hyde. Exceptional players, of great character, and who did not even receive an offer or were given bad offers, that they did not show them the respect they deserved. ”
“From there I progressed to a commitment for the 2021 season and beyond, that did not happen at any time. I had to analyze the situation, it will not be just a facade for a year, less after a year of MVP. March came and the conversation If they could not commit to continue after 2021, I am not part of the recruitment and if I am not part of the future, that instead of being a facade, that they made a change at once. It wasn’t something from Draft day, there were months of conversations.
“After the draft, they told me to give me more money. I told them it wasn’t about that. I was not at the OTA or the mini camp. For me it was something bigger, to be a resource of the organization. The money thing made me think there might be something of an extension, because of the impact to the salary cap. I thought it would be natural for my level, at least mention it, but it was not done until May. For me that was like anyone who had a great year at work, you go to your boss to ask for a raise and they tell you … we’ll see what happens. Months go by and you get an offer for another job, you go and they tell you that they always love you. It’s not about the money, I’m sorry and I contend. Nothing changed the summer.
“There were things that changed this week, but this summer I was working on my mental health. I got there several times if I wanted to continue, if the fire continued, but I want to continue on the grid. We solved things in the last few days and I am excited to be back. “
“I’m excited that Randall is back, he’s a great friend. He falls into the category of players who left, who have great character. It is the desire to retire as Packer, it is something important to me and many of those I mentioned. I spoke with several of them and when they leave, there is a sadness, but above all because of the ways with a team that they appreciate so much. Bringing Randall back is special, he spoke in February about bringing in an inside receiver to make the offense more dynamic and he has shown it when he has been healthy. “
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“I thought about that (in retirement). I have talked about the importance of being full time. It is the first time I had the offseason away from everything, not because of the lockout or the covid, and I really enjoyed it. same, improve in many variables. There was a lot of growth in that process, looking for happiness in things outside the court. Even so, there is a big competitive gap that I have to fill, and when I returned to my training sessions, I realized that I can play and I want to continue playing. If I think I can give 100% to the team, I have to keep playing. “
“I don’t know. In that direction, things have not changed. I focus this year, there are many different pieces, besides mine, there are many contracts that end. They will have to make decisions at the end of the season and then we will see what happens. “.
I said it at the time, but last year I also said that there were things out of my control at the time. Seeing that they chose my replacement and that activated the machinery. Looking at how the season ended, there was no certainty of coming back after 2021 or even 2020. I thought we could talk and commit to that, but it didn’t happen. So I have to focus on this season. I love the team, the fans, going into my 17th season playing at Lambeau Field, it’s very special and I don’t take it for granted. I am not a victim in this, I have been paid a lot of money. Being a starter for the 14th season and I don’t feel like I was treated badly. It is a business, an incredible opportunity, but it is a difficult business, it is part of the whole and I do not forget it. So enjoy the season, like the last one, and at the end of the season decide.
“I wasn’t part of the conversation signing Matt, I spoke to him until later. I love him and we’ve had a great time here, I’m happy he’s here, but those kinds of decisions happened many times and I saw that the organization only sees me in my role as a player. My opinion, with what I have achieved, my leadership in the locker room or what I do in the community, I think they support me to be able to take part in higher level conversations. The rules are the same for many, but there are special cases as someone who has been many 17 years and have been MVP, are involved. I’m not asking for anything other great quarterbacks haven’t received, just to be part of the conversation. If you’re cutting a player for meritocracy, but last year he was the second-best catcher in camp (Jake Kumerow), ask me how i feel. Your opinion may not change, but being involved makes you feel valued and respected. I said so in February and the first months, but it is not what they do. I disagree, but they have been successful for 30 years. I would like to be more involved, but I understand that this is not how they do it. ”
“I did not want to publicly quarrel with the team I have been with for 16 years.. We treat it internally, although some things leaked out and I had nothing to do with it. I don’t know what it would benefit me to leak details of the restructured contract, the day of the Draft … I do not understand the reason for that, I think the right thing to do was talk in person or by zoom or phone, behind closed doors as they say. He didn’t want to fight me in public. “
“It was great. Like I said, it is important to work on mental health. It just happened with Simone Biles, we have to talk more about that. As athletes, we are on a pedestal, that we are beyond everything and there is a burden, but mental health is only talked about when there is depression. I did not have it, but I respect many of what they have talked about after having it. For me it was dealing with all the noise, it was getting away from stress, adjusting habits, spending time with my loved ones, taking care of myself, traveling as safely as possible as possible and be ready in case you decide to come back. “
“It is difficult to answer. I don’t close the door to anything I am always optimistic in the ability to change. I didn’t want them to give up for me. I have improved over the years as a person, a leader, and as a player and always be optimistic that you can change. ”