On the evening of the draft, an alleged change request from quarterback Aaron Rodgers caused a stir. The Green Bay Packers don’t want to give up the NFL’s MVP.
Probably wants to leave the Packers in the offseason: Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Already after the painful end in the conference final against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rodgers (contract until 2023) left his future with the Packers open. At the time, he commented on the speculations with an uncertain “I don’t know” – a view that has now probably changed.
Rodgers reportedly wants out of Green Bay
Shortly before this year’s draft, which took place on Thursday (local time) in Cleveland, reports made the rounds that Rodgers would like to leave Green Bay in the offseason. According to NFL insider Adam Schefter, the reigning MVP is said to have made it clear to some responsible persons that he no longer wants to play his home games at Lambeau Field in the coming season.
The decision has nothing to do with contractual inconsistencies. A-Rod was “upset”, which could be related to the personnel situation in Green Bay, among other things. In the last draft, the Packers secured the services of quarterback Jordan Love, but waived another passport recipient. Now Rodgers, who won the Super Bowl with the Packers in 2011 (31:25 against the Pittsburgh Steelers), probably no longer sees his future in Green Bay.
Packers-GM Gutekunst: “We won’t trade Rodgers”
But there they continue to plan with the “Gunslinger”. The Packers are not thinking about giving up Rodgers, as General Manager Brian Gutekunst emphasized again on the draft evening: “We will not trade Aaron Rodgers.”
The San Francisco 49ers had “inquired” about Rodgers in light of the emerging rumors on Thursday, as confirmed by General Manager John Lynch, after the Niners had chosen third place in the draft for quarterback Trey Lance. If the league MVP could be available, it would be negligent not to ask, Lynch said. But: “The conversation ended quickly because there was no chance.”
So the Packers fans can hope that Rodgers will throw his passports in Wisconsin next season. “I can’t speak for Aaron,” said Gutekunst. “But I think we have a really good team and he will play for us again.” So it’s all just hot air? That will be seen in the long months leading up to the start of the season. In the first round of the draft, the Packers selected cornerback Eric Stokes in 29th position.