Speaking to Packer Central, one anonymous NFL executive points the blame at the franchise, saying the Packers “kind of screwed themselves” by overplaying their hand with Rodgers.
“They kind of screwed themselves,” the executive said. “You play with fire, you get burned. He’s smart enough to know they did kind of hedge and basically say, ‘If he’s not playing well this season, we’re going to move on.’ He’s really trying to call their bluff. To them, why should we guarantee beyond 2021? But look at the situation. Because they didn’t do that, understanding who they’re dealing with, now they’re in a situation where the dude might not show up.”
“This is like the realest game of poker,” the executive said. “He’s all in and he’s trying to make you go all in. You’re either going to push all your chips in and say, ‘I’m all in’ and see if you call his bluff. Based on what I know, I would dig in and make him show up.”
The three-time NFL MVP has been the Packers’ starting quarterback since 2008 and has given them a Super Bowl victory, seven NFC North titles, and four additional trips to the NFC Championship Game.
The good times appear to be finally over.
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