Never a dull NFL Draft day for Aaron Rodgers.
The drama around Rodgers exploded hours before the NFL’s big event with trade rumors swirling and his anger with the team reaching new levels.
ESPN.com reported that Rodgers has told some within the organization that he does not want to return to the team. Head coach Matt LaFleur, general manger Brian Gutekunst and team president Mark Murphy all flew out to meet with Rodgers this offseason, but it appears Rodgers’ anger remains.
The issues seemingly stem from the Packers’ decision to draft quarterback Jordan Love a year ago, putting Rodgers’ future with the franchise in doubt.
Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Thursday that several teams reached out to the Packers about trading for Rodgers.
That, according to NFL Network, includes the 49ers, who have the No. 3 pick on Thursday night in NFL Draft 2021. An earlier report from a Wisconsin radio host suggested the talks focused around that No. 3 pick and Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers’ current quarterback.
According to the report, no formal offer was made and there is a “zero percent chance” the Packers trade Rodgers.
“Aaron’s our guy,” Gutekunst said Monday in his pre-draft press conference. “He’s going to be our quarterback for the foreseeable future. We’re excited about kind of the things we’re going to try to accomplish here over the next couple years.”
That’s all well and good, but Green Bay raised plenty of eyebrows when they traded up to draft Love in the first round last year. Rodgers publicly questioned his future with the franchise after losing in the NFC Championship game and opposing teams obviously sensed an opportunity to capitalize.
“A lot of guys’ futures [are] uncertain, myself included,” Rodgers said at the time.
The Packers, at least for now, seem unwilling to part with the 37-year-old reigning MVP.