Anonymous NFL Executive Says Packers Should Let ‘Aggressive’ Aaron Rodgers Retire: “Be My Guest”

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An anonymous NFL executive weighed in on the drama unfolding between the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers is reportedly threatening to retirement because he has been upset over the team drafting QB Jordan Love. He also allegedly wants the Packers GM to be fired.

According to Mike Sando of The Athletic, the exec said:

“Taking a flamethrower to an organization that is fairly well run is wholly different than anything we’ve seen with Deshaun Watson or any other quarterback. Rodgers has always been passive-aggressive. Now, he is just being aggressive. If I’m the Packers, if you want to pay me $31.5 million to retire, be my guest. There are not a lot of franchises that could get away with moving on from Aaron Rodgers. The Packers can.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter dropped the news hours before the draft when he reported that Rodgers has told some within the organization that he no longer wants to play for the Packers after 16 years in Green Bay. Other reports stated he told impending free agents that he wouldn’t be back with the team either.

The Packers have given no indication that they would be willing to fire Gutekunst, but they’ve also stated publicly they don’t want to trade Rodgers either.

At 37 years of age, Rodgers led the NFL with a completion percentage of 70.7 percent and 48 touchdown passes, plus he threw for 4,299 yards and just five interceptions.