Despite back-to-back NFC Championship appearances, Rodgers doesn’t appear to be happy with his current situation.
On a recent ESPN interview, Rodgers spoke about his uncertain future with the Green Bay Packers.
“We’ll kind of see as we go”
Last year, the turmoil began when the Green Bay Packers traded up in the 2020 NFL Draft to select QB Jordan Love.
Aaron Rodgers responded by having arguably, the best year of his career, capped off with winning his 3rd MVP award.
Aaron Rodgers wins his third NFL MVP award.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 7, 2021
He finished the season with a 70.7 completion percentage, 4,299 yards, 48 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Recently, when Aaron Rodgers was asked on whether he wanted to be a “Packer for life”, he responded:
“It’s definitely been my team. I said last year, I didn’t know if that was actually possible to be able to finish there. I still feel like that is kind of where we are at. I don’t know if a lot of that is in my hands. But, I guess we’ll kind of see as we go.”
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 2, 2021
While it is indeed a noncommittal answer, it is the right answer.
As we know, the NFL is a business and anything can happen at any time.
In fact, who would have thought Green Bay would have taken Jordan Love in the first round last year?
Who would have predicted that Russell Wilson would throw his offensive line under the bus on a radio interview?
Sometimes, players are willing to go to extreme lengths to get their message across to upper management.
This seems to be another ploy by Aaron Rodgers to make sure Green Bay managements hears his unhappiness.
What Can The Green Bay Packers Do To Fix This?
Thus far, the Packers have been pretty quiet through free agency.
Which, should come as no surprise.
While they were able to resign HB Aaron Jones to a team-friendly deal, they did lose C Corey Lindsey.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 15, 2021
So, at this current point in time, what can the Green Bay Packers do to resolve this issue?
The first step would have been to commit to Rodgers for the long term.
In other words, give him a contract extension.
But, that isn’t going to happen.
Not sure what to make of Mark Murphy's pass on the Aaron Rodgers contract question. You'd assume that if the two sides were actually working on an extension of some sort, he'd be willing to share that detail, but who knows.
— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) March 31, 2021
Quite frankly, it makes sense as Rodgers is under contract until 2023, and is getting up there in age.
But, there are other options that can be exercised.
For starters, the Packers need to draft better.
With a draft class filled with good wide receivers, Green Bay may need to consider selecting one to give Rodgers another weapon on the offensive end.
Or they can focus their attention on the defensive side of the ball and look to make a big splash after the draft.
Antonio Brown is still a free agent and has had a quiet market thus far.
Another potential route, could be trading for Cleveland Browns star wideout, Odell Beckham Jr.
A trio of Aaron Jones, Davante Adams and Odell Beckham Jr. sure would make Aaron Rodgers happy.