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 street 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 liked Favre too much — that is an uncomfortable state of affairs realizing what a post-Rodgers future might seem like for a franchise that has been entitled on the most-important place because the Nineties. Per traditional, 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 will probably 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 wish to return to Green Bay, there have been definitely Favre flashbacks.
Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so disgruntled with the Green Bay Packers that he has advised some throughout the group that he doesn’t wish to return to the workforce, league and workforce sources advised 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 commerce supply involving the No. 3 decide, it was clear Rodgers wasn’t shifting on draft weekend. Denver wasn’t going to get him for the No. 9 decide.
That mentioned, there’s a normal resignation that when Rodgers does transfer on, it is going to 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 normal 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’ Charles Robinson’s studies 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 dwelling.
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 provides Rodgers what he desires and trades him earlier than the 2022 season. I am still clinging to this one.
We’re coping with a state of affairs 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 effective guess 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 is the best commerce state of affairs?
None of them. The downside 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 would it not take to dealer a commerce with Denver or Las Vegas? Fans are going to ask for a number of first-round draft picks.
The 49ers acquired a first-round decide, a third-round decide and security David Whitmore once they traded Montana in 1993. The Packers traded Favre to the Jets for a fourth-round decide. San Francisco had Steve Young and the Packers had Rodgers when these trades have been made.
Jordan Love can’t presumably be that good, proper?
The different possibility 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 ideally suited acquisition of the 2, however why would Seattle commerce 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 commerce 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 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 workforce that was coming off a NFC championship look underneath first-year coach Matt LaFleur the earlier season, this was the mistaken decide.
That has been amplified realizing the Packers blew an opportunity to achieve 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 likely one of the greatest – if not the very best – receiver within the NFL. Aaron Jones has 30 whole TDs the final two seasons. Robert Tonyan caught 10 TDs. David Bakthiari is likely one of the greatest linemen – and that Tampa Bay recreation could be completely different if he performs. The protection wasn’t dominant, but it surely was adequate 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” in the relationship? Kumerow had 12 catches in 2019. That is ridiculous. You have been already finished at that time.
Rodgers seems to be finished with this entrance workplace, too. The truth 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 decide in the event you have been writing scorching takes about Kevin King in the course of the NFC championship recreation.
The Packers had a strong draft. Josh Myers would be the long-term substitute for Cory Linsley at heart, the one key free agent Green Bay couldn’t maintain. 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 this worse than the Favre cleaning soap opera?
No. Nothing might presumably 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 induced with Rodgers can’t 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 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 received the primary two head-to-head matchups, however Rodgers received the subsequent two and a Super Bowl. Green Bay made the appropriate resolution then, even when on the time only a few folks 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 possible 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 superb factor?
No, however it should occur. Choose no matter one-liner you need, however Rodgers’ days in Green 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 dangerous the connection between the Packers and Rodgers is. It’s greatest 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 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 possibly he’ll work out the “Brady Model” just isn’t that straightforward to return by.
Fans of different NFL franchises – particularly the remainder of the NFC North – are going to take their photographs and marvel how a franchise with two Hall of Fame quarterbacks received simply two Super Bowls. An straightforward response? The Bears, Lions and Vikings have a mixed whole of 1 Super Bowl championship.
Since Favre took over as a starter, seven franchises have received 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 possibly 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 commerce all that success, however the distinction is the Packers might fall off simpler than the Jayhawks. There is a slight concern of a two-decade slumber – the Packers received 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 perpetually, but when he would not wish to be the quarterback, then possibly it is time to begin that subsequent chapter now. The Packers have been the draft-day lead story for the mistaken 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 might recommend taking a cue from a Tom Petty breakup song.
It’s time to maneuver on. It’s time to get going.