The Green Bay Packers need to stop trying to play everybody and admit (to themselves mostly) that they are in full-on prep mode for life after NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers. That isn’t due to his age either. Judging by Rodgers’ play last season, it looks like he may have another four to five years left in the tank.
Yet, the Packers continue to treat him [Rodgers] like he’s just another guy on the roster. The arrogance with which the team has handled this whole situation is very telling. The first-round pick the Packers spent on Jordan Love wasn’t the beginning but more like the first piece of the straw that broke the camel’s back. It’s been a full 12 months since that move by the Packers, and since that report, they have in many ways told Rodgers to just shut up and worry about throwing the football.
Well, that’s exactly what Rodgers did in 2020 to the tune of 48 touchdowns only five interceptions. Instead of ushering the future hall of fame QB out the door, the Packers only enraged and motivated the 37-year-old Rodgers to go out and win his third MVP award. Rodgers also led the team to its fifth NFC championship game appearance during his tenure as starting QB in Green Bay.
Over the last two seasons (2019 & 2020) Rodgers has thrown just nine interceptions. There are starting QB’s in the league who throw nine INTs over a five-game stretch. Even with that, the Packers continue to disrespect Rodgers both publicly and behind the scenes.
Sure, Rodgers is not perfect, and he is known as being an individual that can be tough to deal with at times. But all he’s asking for is a little more top-shelf talent to be drafted on the offensive side of the ball from time to time. As well as the Packers getting more involved in free agency to bring in another difference-maker at wide receiver to pair alongside Davante Adams.
When reports came out that Packers President Mark Murphy had told Rodgers, “don’t be the problem,” it should have been clear to anyone paying attention that this thing was going to get messy in a hurry. Fast forward two years later, and here we are; the relationship between Rodgers and the Packers front office is nowhere near where you would ideally like it to be.
We are now at a point where somebody has to put up or shut up. If the Packers do decide to be stubborn and hold onto Rodgers for the sake of not giving in, then Rodgers will have to seriously consider sitting out the upcoming season to force the team’s hand. We are talking about a man in Rodgers that cut his family out of his life, and that feud is still going on years later. Of course, things could change, but it certainly looks and feels like Rodgers is dug in on wanting out of the organization.
Publicly the Packers are saying Rodgers is not going anywhere, but their recent actions don’t exactly lineup with that sentiment. The team recently signed two new QB’s to the roster within days of each other, with one being former first-round pick Blake Bortles. At this point, Bortles can be called a journeyman, but the Packers still have Rodgers’ presumed replacement [Love] waiting in the wings as well.
The time has come for the Packers to admit that the magic carpet ride is over. Rodgers’ time is up in Green Bay, and the sooner the Packers can not only admit to but accept this fact, the easier it will be for all parties involved to move on.