Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur wants MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers to stay for the 2021 season.
Rodgers had informed members of the Packers organization that he did not want to return to the team last month, according to reports.
The Packers have said they won’t trade Rodgers, but there’s no indication he’s considering showing up for off-season work or anything with the team.
Rodgers was not scheduled to attend the minicamp at Lambeau Field as the rookies and young veterans of the team reunite for three days of practice, but the scenario surrounding Rodgers’ simmering standoff with the Packers will not go away not.
“We still feel the same. We want him to come back in the worst possible way,” said LaFleur. “I know he knows it. And we’ll continue to work on it every day.”
LaFleur said the signing after the draft of veteran quarterback Blake Bortles was in no way related to Rodgers’ situation.
A rift between Rodgers and the Packers wasn’t exactly a secret until the day’s detailed reports of the sketch of a growing rift in their relationship.
Rodgers have reportedly informed general manager Brian Gutekunst that he will no longer play for the team. On draft day, Gutekunst admitted there were parts of the situation with Rodgers that he would handle differently if he gave him another chance. He and team president Mark Murphy have publicly stated that the franchise will not trade the quarterback.
Rodgers, 37, played for the Packers his entire NFL career, leading Green Bay to Super Bowl XLV victory after the 2010 season and winning three MVP awards.
His record as a Green Bay starting quarterback is 126-63-1 since replacing Brett Favre in 2008.