One NFL executive understands now why the Green Bay Packers are more open to trading Aaron Rodgers than ever before. The anonymous executive says the veteran QB held the team “hostage” for a massive contract extension in 2022 and didn’t deliver on the historic deal this season.
The Athletic NFL writer Mike Sando dropped a piece where he spoke to several NFL executives to get their opinion on the Rodgers-Packers situation.
“I think he showed his true colors last offseason when he held them hostage and took $50 million a year,” another exec said. “He knew he could get his best deal from the Packers, and now that he has it, now that he has secured the bag, he is open to leaving.”
Another executive added that he thinks the Packers will trade him elsewhere, but mentioned that the team missed a big opportunity last year and why now Green Bay is definitely “done with” Rodgers.
“I think the Packers are done with him,” a longtime NFL team executive said on the condition of anonymity for competitive reasons. “The time to jump off was last year. They missed the ability to maximize their compensation. And they missed the playoffs. When they moved Davante (Adams), they should have moved Aaron and said, ‘We are starting over and we have all these picks.’ They could have sent him to Denver.”
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