The bigger story of the 2021 NFL Draft has nothing to do with who might be selected, but Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
According to a report by Adam Schefter, Rodgers is “unhappy” with the Packers, to the point that he does not want to return to the squad in 2021. Some problems he has encountered include Green Bay’s selection of quarterback. Utah Jordan Love in the 2020 NFL Draft and the team’s insistence on restructuring his contract instead of offering him a long-term extension.
Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so upset 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 Thursday at ESPN.
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– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2021
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The moment of the news immediately led many to wonder if Green Bay would attempt to treat the Pro Bowler on time nine times, three times All-Pro and three-time NFL MVP to secure a first draft pick. If the Packers did decide to deal with Rodgers, it would still be in line with a curious factoid regarding the organization’s quarterback history:
No quarterback has played more than 16 seasons at Green Bay. This includes franchise legends Bart Starr (16 seasons), Brett Favre (16 seasons) and, of course, Rodgers himself (16 seasons).
No Packers QB has played 17 seasons with the team
Aaron Rodgers played 16 seasons
Brett Favre played 16 seasons
Bart Starr played 16 seasons pic.twitter.com/YGvdS1NorK
– Matt Pomeroy (@MattPomPom) April 29, 2021
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The 49ers were seen as an immediate destination for Rodgers, given he’s from Chico, Calif. And played football at Cal. An initial report reported that San Francisco offered a commercial package that included No. 3 overall pick and Green Bay quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for Rodgers, although this was later refuted by ESPN. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network later reported the 49ers reached out, but “no formal offer was made.”
It should be noted that no NFL MVP has ever been traded in the year after receiving this honor. He’s just wrapped up a season in which he threw for 4,299 yards and 48 touchdowns with five interceptions while leading the Packers to the NFC Championship game, where they lost to eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay.
The organization’s inability to overtake the conference championship, with the exception of the team’s 2010 Super Bowl race, was a point of frustration noted with Rodgers. It remains to be seen whether he will clear that hurdle with the Packers – or any other team.