There is no doubt that the rift between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers has surpassed the 2021 NFL Draft.
Rodgers was not traded last weekend, but the drama between the triple MVP and a franchise that has already taken that route with Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre has that déjà vu feel.
For Packers fans – those of us who love Favre too much – it’s an uncomfortable scenario of what a post-Rodgers future might look like for a franchise that has been entitled to the most important position since the 1990s. As usual, it’s not as apocalyptic as social media would like it to be.
This is why I am here to help you. Here are the questions Green Bay fans will be asked about Rodgers, and the appropriate emotional answers to those questions.
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Did you panic on draft day?
No. This comes from living the Favre experience. I’m not surprised, and there’s more pent-up cynicism after 14 years of watching the NFL. Call it experience.
Upset? Sure. When ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted that Rodgers was still unhappy and didn’t want to return to Green Bay, there were certainly flashbacks from Favre.
Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so unhappy with the Green Bay Packers that he has told some in the organization he does not want to return to the team, the league and team sources said on Thursday at ESPN.
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– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2021
When NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Packers turned down a 49ers trade offer involving the No.3 pick, it was clear Rodgers was not moving on draft weekend. Denver wasn’t going to look him up for the No.9 pick.
That said, there is a general resignation that when Rodgers moves on it will likely be with one of those teams on the West Coast. Denver and Las Vegas make the most sense. The AFC makes more sense from Green Bay’s point of view.
That’s what happened when Joe Montana left San Francisco for Kansas City and Tom Brady left New England for Tampa Bay. Favre made a one-year layover with the New York Jets before landing in Minnesota.
Will Rodgers be traded before the start of the 2021 season?
Probably not. Green Bay chairman Mark Murphy and GM Brian Gutekunst took turns saying ‘no’ all weekend, and Rodgers is on contract until 2023. The Packers have influence, but Rodgers has a few more power plays he can use.
Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson reports that could lead Rodgers to hold on or retire, and that scenario is the most concerning. If the Packers and Rodgers can’t close the rift, the worst-case scenario is a September where Jordan Love begins while Rodgers is sitting at home.
The best-case scenario is a restructuring or extension that keeps Rodgers in Green Bay for the rest of his career, but it seems like a fantasy now.
The hope is that the Packers have a “Last Dance” with a 13-3 core and back-to-back NFC Championship appearances over the past two seasons, and if that doesn’t fit into the Super Bowl, Green Bay gives Rodgers this that he wants and exchanges with him before the 2022 season. I still hold on to this one.
We’re dealing with a situation where ESPN insider Rob Demovsky says there’s a “five percent chance” Rodgers will be the Week 1 starter at Green Bay. It’s time for that “Dumb and Dumber” meme. It’s a safe bet Rodgers, who turns 38 this season, is gone.
The financial reality is that if the Packers trade Rodgers, it won’t be after June 1 for salary cap purposes. So don’t expect an update by then.
What is the ideal business situation?
None of them. The problem here is that the Packers won’t get the same value for a three-time MVP who racked up 51,245 passing yards, 412 touchdowns and 89 interceptions during a stellar career with the Packers.
What would it take to negotiate a transaction with Denver or Las Vegas? Fans will be asking for multiple picks in the first round draft.
The 49ers were given a first-round pick, a third-round pick and safety David Whitmore when they traded Montana in 1993. The Packers traded Favre to the Jets for a fourth-round pick. San Francisco had Steve Young and the Packers had Rodgers when those trades were made.
Jordan Love can’t be so good, right?
The other option would be to trade quarterbacks with Seattle or Houston. Russell Wilson is 32 and Deshaun Watson is 25. Wilson would be the more ideal acquisition of the two, but why would Seattle trade a much younger quarterback than Rodgers? After all, Wilson has appeared in more Super Bowls. The bad news? It sounds too much like a video game or a fantasy league move.
If a trade takes place, no matter what the Packers get in return, fans won’t be thrilled. Let’s just hope the Packers put Rodgers in the AFC and in a division with Patrick Mahomes.
Who do you blame for the flaw?
On both sides. Green Bay brought that drama when he was traded for love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Packers could have traded for LSU’s Justin Jefferson or drafted or caught Clemson’s Tee Higgins there. For a team coming out of an NFC Championship appearance under first-year coach Matt LaFleur the previous season, this wasn’t the right choice.
This was amplified knowing that the Packers missed a chance to reach the Super Bowl in a 31-26 loss to Tampa Bay in the NFC Championship game, and Rodgers did not receive the ball in fourth base with a chance to throw the winning TD. Defensive mistakes – especially at the end of the first half – were also costly. But …
The idea that Rodgers “just can’t get enough” is patently absurd and lazy. Davante Adams is one of the best – if not the best – wide receiver in the NFL. Aaron Jones has totaled 30 touchdowns in the past two seasons. Robert Tonyan caught 10 touchdowns. David Bakthiari is one of the best linemen – and this Tampa Bay game could be different if he plays. The defense wasn’t dominant, but it was good enough to get the Packers to the Super Bowl. They had the field advantage in an NFC championship game for the first time since Favre’s last season with the team. What do you want more?
You mean the release of Jake Kumerow was the “death knell” in the relationship? Kumerow had 12 takes in 2019. It’s ridiculous. You were already done by then.
Rodgers also seems to be done with this front office. Even worse was the fact that Rodgers’ news broke on draft day. Green Bay drafted cornerback Eric Stokes in the first round. Sorry, but you can’t toast that choice if you were writing some steamy shots of Kevin King during the NFC Championship game.
The Packers had a solid draft. Josh Myers will be Cory Linsley’s long-term replacement at center, the only key free agent Green Bay couldn’t keep. Clemson’s Amari Rodgers is a playmaker. There was no glaring dud.
Long-term blame goes to the Packers for this relationship. Rodgers, however, is blamed for all this draft day drama. Brady restructured his deal. Why not Rodgers?
Is it worse than the soap opera Favre?
Nothing could be worse than watching a news helicopter showing Favre getting into ex-Viking coach Brad Childress’s SUV. Favre’s constant misgivings about retirement and the friction it caused with Rodgers cannot be overcome, and that was largely about Favre wanting to run for Packers general manager Ted Thompson.
Why should we be surprised that this happens again with Rodgers and Gutekunst? The only hesitation here is that Green Bay fans got a chance to audition Rodgers for the job when he came on for an injured Favre in a high-stakes game against the Dallas Cowboys on November 29, 2007. You knew Rodgers had played at that time. .
Favre won the first two clashes, but Rodgers won the next two and a Super Bowl. Green Bay then made the right decision, although at the time very few people were saying so.
Will they do it now? Love hasn’t taken a snap in a preseason or an NFL game, and if Rodgers is traded, a veteran would likely be the Week 1 starter at Green Bay. This is where the right to have back-to-back Hall of Fame quarterbacks ends and the next chapter of the franchise begins.
Is leaving Rodgers a good thing?
No, but it will happen. Pick what you want, but Rodgers’ days in Green Bay are numbered. The feud hasn’t stopped since the second half of the McCarthy era, and LaFleur hasn’t been able to crush that despite having incredible success over the past two seasons.
The NFL Draft, however, revealed just how bad the relationship between the Packers and Rodgers is. It’s best not to let this spill over into the regular season. A holdout or premature retirement is the last thing the Packers or the NFL need. If Rodgers wants to host “Jeopardy” then go for it. My family will continue to watch every night.
So give Rodgers what he wants, and maybe he’ll figure out that the “Brady Model” isn’t that easy to find.
Fans of other NFL franchises – especially the rest of NFC North – are going to snap their photos and wonder how a franchise with two Hall of Fame quarterbacks only won two Super Bowls. An easy answer? The Bears, Lions and Vikings have a combined total of a Super Bowl championship.
Since Favre took over, seven franchises have won multiple Super Bowl championships – a group that includes the Broncos, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Giants, Patriots, Ravens and Steelers. The only quarterbacks to have won multiple Super Bowls with the same team in this streak are Troy Aikman, John Elway, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning. If you’re not a fan of any of these teams or quarterbacks then maybe don’t hit send.
When I talk about the Packers, I use the Kansas basketball analogy. The Jayhawks have reached the Final Four eight times since 1988, and they have three title appearances and two national championships.
Seems familiar? Since Favre, the Packers have reached the NFC championship game – the equivalent of the Final Four – nine times. They have three Super Bowl appearances and two championships.
Like Kansas, Green Bay dominates in its backyard but struggles to close the deal in the playoffs. You’re still not going to trade all of that achievement, but the difference is that the Packers could fall more easily than the Jayhawks. There is a slight fear of a two-decade slumber – the Packers won a playoff game from 1986 to 1992. The most likely scenario is that Green Bay would regress to a franchise that has to do it like everyone else that does. has no QB HOF. It’s going to happen with Love or whoever takes Rodgers’ place.
That’s why it goes beyond Rodgers. He can’t be the quarterback forever, but if he doesn’t want to be the quarterback, then maybe it’s time to start that next chapter now. The Packers have been the main draft story for the wrong reasons for two straight years, and to be honest, this fan has had enough of the drama.
If Rodgers and the Packers can make it happen, so much the better.
Otherwise, I would suggest taking inspiration from a breakup song by Tom Petty.
It is time to move on. It’s time to start.