There isn’t any query the rift between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers upstaged the 2021 NFL Draft.
Rodgers was not traded final weekend, however the drama between the three-time MVP and a franchise that has been down this highway earlier than with Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre has that déjà vu-all-over-again really feel to it.
For Packers followers — these of us diehards who appreciated Favre an excessive amount of — that is an uncomfortable state of affairs understanding what a post-Rodgers future might seem like for a franchise that has been entitled on the most-important place for the reason that Nineteen Nineties. Per normal, it’s not as apocalyptic as social media desires to be.
That’s why I’m right here to assist. Here are the questions Green Bay followers might be requested about Rodgers, and the suitable emotional responses to these questions.
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Were you freaking out on draft day?
No. That comes from residing by means of the Favre expertise. I’m not stunned, and there may be extra pent-up cynicism constructed up after 14 years of watching the NFL. Call it expertise.
Upset? Sure. When ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted Rodgers was nonetheless disgruntled and didn’t need to return to Green Bay, there have been actually Favre flashbacks.
Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so disgruntled with the Green Bay Packers that he has informed some throughout the group that he doesn’t need to return to the workforce, league and workforce sources informed ESPN on Thursday.
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— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2021
When NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the Packers turned down a 49ers trade provide involving the No. 3 choose, it was clear Rodgers wasn’t shifting on draft weekend. Denver wasn’t going to get him for the No. 9 choose.
That mentioned, there’s a common resignation that when Rodgers does transfer on, it would in all probability be with a kind of groups on the West Coast. Denver and Las Vegas take advantage of sense. The AFC makes extra sense from Green Bay’s viewpoint.
That’s what occurred when Joe Montana left San Francisco for Kansas City and Tom Brady left New England for Tampa Bay. Favre had a one-year cease with the New York Jets earlier than touchdown in Minnesota.
Will Rodgers be traded earlier than the 2021 season begins?
Probably not. Green Bay president Mark Murphy and common supervisor Brian Gutekunst took turns saying “no” all weekend, and Rodgers is underneath contract by means of 2023. The Packers have leverage, however Rodgers nonetheless has just a few energy performs he can use.
Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson’s reviews that could lead to Rodgers holding out or retiring, and that state of affairs is probably the most regarding. If the Packers and Rodgers can’t shut the rift, then the worst-case state of affairs is a September the place Jordan Love begins whereas Rodgers is sitting at house.
The best-case state of affairs is a restructure or extension that retains Rodgers at Green Bay for the rest of his profession, however that appears like a fantasy now.
The hope is the Packers have one “Last Dance” with a core that’s 13-3 and coming off back-to-back NFC championship appearances the final two seasons, and if that runs falls in need of the Super Bowl than Green Bay offers Rodgers what he desires and trades him earlier than the 2022 season. I’m nonetheless clinging to this one.
We’re dealing with a scenario the place ESPN insider Rob Demovsky says there’s a “five-percent chance” Rodgers is the Week 1 starter in Green Bay. This is time for that “Dumb and Dumber” meme. It is an efficient guess Rodgers, who will flip 38 this season, is gone.
The monetary actuality is that if the Packers do trade Rodgers, then it will not be after June 1 for wage cap functions. So do not anticipate an replace till then.
What is the best trade scenario?
None of them. The drawback right here is the Packers usually are not going to get equal worth for a three-time MVP who has piled up 51,245 passing yards, 412 TDs and 89 interceptions by means of an excellent profession with the Packers.
What wouldn’t it take to dealer a trade with Denver or Las Vegas? Fans are going to ask for a number of first-round draft picks.
The 49ers acquired a first-round choose, a third-round choose and security David Whitmore once they traded Montana in 1993. The Packers traded Favre to the Jets for a fourth-round choose. San Francisco had Steve Young and the Packers had Rodgers when these trades have been made.
Jordan Love can’t probably be that good, proper?
The different choice can be swapping quarterbacks with Seattle or Houston. Russell Wilson is 32 years outdated, and Deshaun Watson is 25 years outdated. Wilson can be the extra excellent acquisition of the 2, however why would Seattle trade a quarterback who’s that a lot youthful than Rodgers? After all, Wilson has performed in additional Super Bowls. The dangerous information? This feels an excessive amount of like a online game or fantasy league transfer.
If a trade occurs, then it doesn’t matter what the Packers get in return followers usually are not going to be happy. Just hope the Packers put Rodgers within the AFC and in a division with Patrick Mahomes.
Who do you blame for the rift?
Both sides. Green Bay introduced this drama when it traded up to get Love within the first spherical of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Packers might have traded up for LSU’s Justin Jefferson or drafted or grabbed Clemson’s Tee Higgins in that spot. For a workforce that was coming off a NFC championship look underneath first-year coach Matt LaFleur the earlier season, this was the flawed choose.
That has been amplified understanding the Packers blew an opportunity to attain the Super Bowl in a 31-26 loss to Tampa Bay within the NFC championship recreation, and Rodgers wasn’t given the ball on fourth-and-goal with an opportunity to throw the game-winning TD. Defensive errors – particularly on the finish of the first half – have been expensive, too. But …
The notion that Rodgers “does not have enough” is patently absurd and lazy. Davante Adams is among the greatest – if not the very best – receiver within the NFL. Aaron Jones has 30 complete TDs the final two seasons. Robert Tonyan caught 10 TDs. David Bakthiari is among the greatest linemen – and that Tampa Bay recreation could be totally different if he performs. The protection wasn’t dominant, nevertheless it was ok to get the Packers to the Super Bowl. They had home-field benefit in a NFC championship recreation for the primary time since Favre’s final season with the workforce. What else would you like?
You need to say releasing Jake Kumerow was the “death knell” within the relationship? Kumerow had 12 catches in 2019. That is ridiculous. You have been already achieved at that time.
Rodgers seems to be achieved with this entrance workplace, too. The reality the Rodgers information broke on the day of the draft was even worse. Green Bay drafted cornerback Eric Stokes within the first spherical. Sorry, however you cannot roast that choose in the event you have been writing scorching takes about Kevin King throughout the NFC championship recreation.
The Packers had a strong draft. Josh Myers would be the long-term alternative for Cory Linsley at heart, the one key free agent Green Bay couldn’t preserve. Clemson’s Amari Rodgers is a playmaker. There was not a flagrant miss.
The long-term blame goes to the Packers for this relationship. Rodgers, nonetheless, will get the blame for all this draft-day drama. Brady restructured his deal. Why cannot Rodgers?
Is this worse than the Favre cleaning soap opera?
No. Nothing might probably be worse than watching a information helicopter displaying Favre climb into former Vikings coach Brad Childress’ SUV. Favre’s fixed waffling about retirement and the friction it triggered with Rodgers can’t be topped, and far of that had to do with Favre wanting to present up Packers GM Ted Thompson.
Why ought to we be stunned it is taking place once more with Rodgers and Gutekunst? The solely hesitation right here is Green Bay followers had an opportunity to Rodgers audition for the job when he got here in for an injured Favre in a high-stakes recreation towards the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 29, 2007. You knew Rodgers had recreation at that time.
Favre gained the primary two head-to-head matchups, however Rodgers gained the subsequent two and a Super Bowl. Green Bay made the correct determination then, even when on the time only a few individuals have been saying that.
Will they do it now? Love hasn’t taken a snap in a preseason or NFL recreation, and if Rodgers is traded a veteran probably can be the Week 1 starter in Green Bay. That is the place the entitlement of getting back-to-back Hall of Fame quarterbacks ends, and the franchise’s subsequent chapter begins.
Is shifting on from Rodgers a very good factor?
No, nevertheless it’s going to occur. Choose no matter one-liner you need, however Rodgers’ days in Green Bay are numbered. The feuding has not stopped for the reason that again half of the McCarthy period, and LaFleur has not been ready to squash that regardless of unbelievable success the final two seasons.
The NFL Draft, nonetheless, uncovered simply how dangerous the connection between the Packers and Rodgers is. It’s greatest not to let that spill into the common season. A holdout or untimely retirement is the very last thing the Packers or the NFL wants. If Rodgers desires to be the host of “Jeopardy,” then go for it. My household will nonetheless watch each evening.
So give Rodgers what he desires, and perhaps he’ll work out the “Brady Model” is just not that straightforward to come by.
Fans of different NFL franchises – particularly the remainder of the NFC North – are going to take their pictures and surprise how a franchise with two Hall of Fame quarterbacks gained simply two Super Bowls. An straightforward response? The Bears, Lions and Vikings have a mixed complete of 1 Super Bowl championship.
Since Favre took over as a starter, seven franchises have gained a number of Super Bowl championships — a gaggle that features the Broncos, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Giants, Patriots, Ravens and Steelers. The solely quarterbacks to win a number of Super Bowls with the identical workforce in that stretch are Troy Aikman, John Elway, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning. If you are not a fan of a kind of groups or quarterbacks, then perhaps do not press ship.
When speaking in regards to the Packers, I exploit the Kansas basketball analogy. The Jayhawks have reached the Final Four eight instances since 1988, and so they have three title recreation appearances and two nationwide championships.
Sound acquainted? Since Favre, the Packers have reached the NFC championship recreation – the Final Four equal – 9 instances. They have three Super Bowl appearances and two championships.
Like Kansas, Green Bay dominates in its yard however has hassle closing the deal within the postseason. You nonetheless aren’t going to trade all that success, however the distinction is the Packers might fall off simpler than the Jayhawks. There is a slight worry of a two-decade slumber – the Packers gained one playoff recreation from 1986-92. The more-likely state of affairs is Green Bay would regress to a franchise that has to do it like everybody else that doesn’t have a HOF QB. That goes to occur with Love or whoever takes Rodgers’ place.
That is why this goes past Rodgers. He cannot be the quarterback eternally, but when he would not need to be the quarterback, then perhaps it is time to begin that subsequent chapter now. The Packers have been the draft-day lead story for the flawed causes for 2 years operating, and to be sincere, this fan has had sufficient of the drama.
If Rodgers and the Packers can work it out, nice.
If not, then I’d recommend taking a cue from a Tom Petty breakup song.
It’s time to transfer on. It’s time to get going.