Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers has dropped a bomb on the first night of the 2021 NFL Draft, as the 37-year-old has reportedly told the Packers that he wants a trade out of Green Bay, according to multiple reports.
This is not the first time that there’s been rumblings of tension between Rodgers and the Packers (especially since the team drafted Jordan Love with a first-round pick in 2020), of course, but this latest round of rumors seem to have the most heat.
“Rodgers is so disgruntled with the Green Bay Packers that he has told some within the organization that he does not want to return to the team,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted.
“Aaron told Packers he doesn’t want to return as [Schefter] said and I think it’s more than a contract deal,” Jay Glazer tweeted. “I think he’s pretty strongly convicted that he doesn’t want to go back to Packers.”
Schefter then quote-tweeted Glazer’s report and added that it’s “about way more than a new contract.”
Then Mike Florio decided to jump in on the fun and noted that a ‘source with knowledge of dynamics’ told him that Rodgers could be traded by the weekend. Florio then noted that Rodgers initially wanted the Packers to trade him to the 49ers when San Fran made their offer, and went on to note the Raiders and Broncos as likely destinations if Rodgers is moved.
All while the Packers have said that they have no plans to trade Rodgers.
“As we’ve stated since the season ended, we are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond,” Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst said in a statement (via Packers beat reporter Tom Silverstein). “Aaron has been a vital part of our success and we look forward to competing for another championship with him leading our team.”
This would be in line with a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who noted that while Rodgers has been ‘unhappy’ during recent contract extension talks, the Packers have rebuffed teams looking to make a deal for the superstar quarterback.
Piggybacking off that report, Schefter added that no team has made a formal trade offer for Rodgers just yet.
Rodgers is coming off a 2020 that included 4,299 passing yards, along with a career-high 70.7 completion percentage and 48 touchdowns, in 16 games for Green Bay. Overall, the three-time MVP has totaled over 51,000 passing yards, 412 touchdowns, and compiled a 126-63-1 record as a starter. Rodgers also won Super Bowl XLV, and captured MVP honors in that victory.