Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers may be eliminated from the playoffs, but him and the team remain in the news cycle following his comments after the NFC Championship loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs.
“A lot of guys futures, they’re uncertain, myself included,” he stated after the crushing defeat to Tom Brady and the Bucs. After a bunch of speculation about his comments, Rodgers took to The Pat McAfee Show and tried to clarify his comments.
“I don’t think I said anything that I haven’t said before,” Rodgers said of his postgame comments. “Ultimately my future is not in my control. I was thinking about (free agents-to-be) Aaron Jones and Corey Linsley. I don’t see a reason why I shouldn’t be back.”
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CBS Sports‘ Jason La Canfora dropped an even bigger nugget when he said he heard from a number of NFL coaches and executives that believe the Aaron Rodgers/Green Bay Packers relationship is going straight into the toilet.
This is what he got back when texting with a current head coach:
“We had a good laugh, and the coach did not in any way push back on my case for how difficult it would be for his organization to execute a trade for Rodgers. He acknowledged all of it, in fairly blunt terms, himself. And yet he would not give up hope in making it happen, despite the odds. And the sentiment he expressed has been echoed by other coaches, general managers, executives and agents around the league over the past two days, all of whom are convinced a bitter divorce is pending between one of the greatest quarterbacks of this or any generation, and the storied Green Bay Packers.”
Packers CEO Mark Murphy spoke out this week against any talk of the team looking to move on from Rodgers, but some executives pondered to La Confora why he wouldn’t speak with Rodgers before delivering his statement to reporters:
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“How about talking to your quarterback first before you put out that statement, or just waiting to see if he says it for himself?” a ‘long-time NFL executive’ said to La Canfora, in response to Murphy’s insistence that Aaron Rodgers will be back. “Totally tone deaf. That’s exactly what not to do. That thing is going to go nuclear. Trust me. The quarterback wants out.”