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 Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame quarterback Brett Favre has that déjà vu-all-over-again really feel to it.
For Packers followers — these of us diehards who liked Favre too much — that is an uncomfortable situation figuring out what a post-Rodgers future might appear like for a franchise that has been entitled on the most-important place because the 1990s. Per standard, it’s not as apocalyptic as social media needs to be.
That is why I am right here to assist. Listed here are the questions Inexperienced Bay followers can be requested about Rodgers, and the suitable emotional responses to these questions.
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Have been you freaking out on draft day?
No. That comes from dwelling by way of the Favre expertise. I’m not stunned, and there’s extra pent-up cynicism constructed up after 14 years of watching the NFL. Name it expertise.
Upset? Positive. When ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted Rodgers was nonetheless disgruntled and didn’t need to return to Inexperienced Bay, there have been actually Favre flashbacks.
Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so disgruntled with the Inexperienced Bay Packers that he has instructed some throughout the group that he doesn’t need to return to the group, league and group sources instructed ESPN on Thursday.
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— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2021
When NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport reported the Packers turned down a 49ers commerce supply involving the No. Three choose, it was clear Rodgers wasn’t transferring 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’ll in all probability be with a type of groups on the West Coast. Denver and Las Vegas take advantage of sense. The AFC makes extra sense from Inexperienced Bay’s perspective.
That is what occurred when Joe Montana left San Francisco for Kansas Metropolis 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?
Most likely not. Inexperienced Bay president Mark Murphy and common supervisor Brian Gutekunst took turns saying “no” all weekend, and Rodgers is under contract through 2023. The Packers have leverage, however Rodgers nonetheless has a number of energy performs he can use.
Yahoo Sports activities’ Charles Robinson’s stories that could lead to Rodgers holding out or retiring, and that situation is probably the most regarding. If the Packers and Rodgers can not shut the rift, then the worst-case situation is a September the place Jordan Love begins whereas Rodgers is sitting at dwelling.
The perfect-case situation is a restructure or extension that retains Rodgers at Inexperienced Bay for the rest of his profession, however that appears like a fantasy now.
The hope is the Packers have one “Final Dance” with a core that’s 13-Three and coming off back-to-back NFC championship appearances the final two seasons, and if that runs falls in need of the Tremendous Bowl than Inexperienced Bay offers Rodgers what he needs and trades him earlier than the 2022 season. I am still clinging to this one.
We’re coping with a scenario the place ESPN insider Rob Demovsky says there’s a “five-percent likelihood” Rodgers is the Week 1 starter in Inexperienced Bay. That is time for that “Dumb and Dumber” meme. It’s a good wager Rodgers, who will flip 38 this season, is gone.
The monetary actuality is that if the Packers do commerce Rodgers, then it will not be after June 1 for wage cap functions. So do not anticipate an replace till then.
What’s the supreme commerce scenario?
None of them. The issue right here is the Packers will not be going to get equal worth for a three-time MVP who has piled up 51,245 passing yards, 412 TDs and 89 interceptions by way of a superb profession with the Packers.
What would it not take to dealer a commerce with Denver or Las Vegas? Followers 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 after they traded Montana in 1993. The Packers traded Favre to the Jets for a fourth-round choose. San Francisco had Steve Younger and the Packers had Rodgers when these trades had been made.
Jordan Love can not probably be that good, proper?
The opposite choice can be swapping quarterbacks with Seattle or Houston. Russell Wilson is 32 years previous, and Deshaun Watson is 25 years previous. Wilson can be the extra supreme acquisition of the 2, however why would Seattle commerce a quarterback who’s that a lot youthful than Rodgers? In spite of everything, Wilson has performed in additional Tremendous Bowls. The unhealthy information? This feels an excessive amount of like a online game or fantasy league transfer.
If a commerce occurs, then it doesn’t matter what the Packers get in return followers will not be going to be happy. Simply hope the Packers put Rodgers within the AFC and in a division with Patrick Mahomes.
Who do you blame for the rift?
Each side. Inexperienced Bay introduced this drama when it traded as much as 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 group that was coming off a NFC championship look underneath first-year coach Matt LaFleur the earlier season, this was the unsuitable choose.
That has been amplified figuring out the Packers blew an opportunity to achieve the Tremendous Bowl in a 31-26 loss to Tampa Bay within the NFC championship sport, 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 – had been pricey, too. However …
The notion that Rodgers “doesn’t have sufficient” is patently absurd and lazy. Davante Adams is likely one of the finest – if not one of the best – receiver within the NFL. Aaron Jones has 30 complete TDs the final two seasons. Robert Tonyan caught 10 TDs. David Bakthiari is likely one of the finest linemen – and that Tampa Bay sport may be totally different if he performs. The protection wasn’t dominant, nevertheless it was adequate to get the Packers to the Tremendous Bowl. That they had home-field benefit in a NFC championship sport for the primary time since Favre’s final season with the group. What else would you like?
You need to say releasing Jake Kumerow was the “death knell” in the relationship? Kumerow had 12 catches in 2019. That’s ridiculous. You had been already finished at that time.
Rodgers seems to be finished with this entrance workplace, too. The very fact the Rodgers information broke on the day of the draft was even worse. Inexperienced Bay drafted cornerback Eric Stokes within the first spherical. Sorry, however you cannot roast that choose when you had been writing scorching takes about Kevin King through the NFC championship sport.
The Packers had a strong draft. Josh Myers would be the long-term substitute for Cory Linsley at heart, the one key free agent Inexperienced Bay couldn’t hold. 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, nevertheless, will get the blame for all this draft-day drama. Brady restructured his deal. Why cannot Rodgers?
Is that this worse than the Favre cleaning soap opera?
No. Nothing might probably be worse than watching a information helicopter exhibiting Favre climb into former Vikings coach Brad Childress’ SUV. Favre’s fixed waffling about retirement and the friction it prompted with Rodgers can not be topped, and far of that needed to do with Favre wanting to indicate up Packers GM Ted Thompson.
Why ought to we be stunned it is occurring once more with Rodgers and Gutekunst? The one hesitation right here is Inexperienced Bay followers had an opportunity to Rodgers audition for the job when he got here in for an injured Favre in a high-stakes sport in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 29, 2007. You knew Rodgers had sport at that time.
Favre received the primary two head-to-head matchups, however Rodgers received the subsequent two and a Tremendous Bowl. Inexperienced Bay made the appropriate determination then, even when on the time only a few folks had been saying that.
Will they do it now? Love hasn’t taken a snap in a preseason or NFL sport, and if Rodgers is traded a veteran seemingly can be the Week 1 starter in Inexperienced Bay. That’s the place the entitlement of getting back-to-back Corridor of Fame quarterbacks ends, and the franchise’s subsequent chapter begins.
Is transferring on from Rodgers an excellent factor?
No, however it should occur. Select no matter one-liner you need, however Rodgers’ days in Inexperienced Bay are numbered. The feuding has not stopped because the again half of the McCarthy period, and LaFleur has not been in a position to squash that regardless of unimaginable success the final two seasons.
The NFL Draft, nevertheless, uncovered simply how unhealthy the connection between the Packers and Rodgers is. It is best to not 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 needs to be the host of “Jeopardy,” then go for it. My household will nonetheless watch each evening.
So give Rodgers what he needs, and perhaps he’ll work out the “Brady Mannequin” will not be that straightforward to return by.
Followers of different NFL franchises – particularly the remainder of the NFC North – are going to take their pictures and marvel how a franchise with two Corridor of Fame quarterbacks received simply two Tremendous Bowls. A straightforward response? The Bears, Lions and Vikings have a mixed complete of 1 Tremendous Bowl championship.
Since Favre took over as a starter, seven franchises have received a number of Tremendous Bowl championships — a bunch that features the Broncos, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Giants, Patriots, Ravens and Steelers. The one quarterbacks to win a number of Tremendous Bowls with the identical group in that stretch are Troy Aikman, John Elway, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning. When you’re not a fan of a type of groups or quarterbacks, then perhaps do not press ship.
When speaking concerning the Packers, I take advantage of the Kansas basketball analogy. The Jayhawks have reached the Last 4 eight instances since 1988, they usually have three title sport appearances and two nationwide championships.
Sound acquainted? Since Favre, the Packers have reached the NFC championship sport – the Last 4 equal – 9 instances. They’ve three Tremendous Bowl appearances and two championships.
Like Kansas, Inexperienced Bay dominates in its yard however has hassle closing the deal within the postseason. You continue to aren’t going to commerce all that success, however the distinction is the Packers might fall off simpler than the Jayhawks. There’s a slight worry of a two-decade slumber – the Packers received one playoff sport from 1986-92. The more-likely situation is Inexperienced Bay would regress to a franchise that has to do it like everybody else that doesn’t have a HOF QB. That’s going to occur with Love or whoever takes Rodgers’ place.
That is why this goes past Rodgers. He cannot be the quarterback ceaselessly, 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 unsuitable causes for 2 years working, 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 is time to transfer on. It is time to get going.