Before this offseason, many football fans were familiar with the name Adam Schefter. A respectable NFL journalist for ESPN, Schefter is known for his breaking stories and report with both players and executives. If there were any who did not know he was, that changed on the first night of the NFL Draft when he broke the story that Aaron Rodgers has no desire to return to the Green Bay Packers.
In the months that have followed, much has been debated, claimed, refuted, and surmised by fans, players, coaches, and analysts. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers became the talk of everyone’s offseason.
Adam Schefter Appeared On The Dan Patrick Show
One of the things that gave Schefter’s story on Draft Night so much credibility was that he Tweeted that he had sources that gave him the information:
The entire Draft was overshadowed by the news, and Packers’ GM Brian Gutekunst had to field questions about his relationship with Aaron Rodgers instead of the team’s new picks. For just over a week, many wondered who might have leaked the story to Schefter to break on Draft Night, of all nights.
A little over a week later, though, Schefter appeared on The Dan Patrick Show and dropped another bomb:
No source. None. Just hearsay from around the NFL.
Of Course, There Was An Issue
As it turns out, of course, there is an issue between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ front office. Much of it stems from his disagreement with the way they handle their business. In an interview with Kenny Mayne, Rodgers stated that he thinks the organization needs to remember that it’s the people who make an organization great. He also stated that he loves Green Bay, loves the fans, loves his teammates, and loves his coaches.
None of that, though, has made the situation improve.
The Issue Was Overblown
Earlier this week, NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport appeared on a Locked On podcast with Peter Bukowski. In the interview, the NFL insider revealed that one of the major reports that came out of Schefter’s initial report was false: Aaron Rodgers has not requested a trade.
Obviously, the situation between Rodgers and the Packers is not ideal. However, the initial claim that Rodgers wanted out of Green Bay and had requested a trade was not true. Instead, Rodgers desires a new deal that will give him more control of his future. The Packers, on the other hand, desire to keep Rodgers while also having the same amount of control over him as they do other players.
Aaron Rodgers Did Not Show Up For OTA’s or Mini Camp
Last month, voluntary OTA’s began for NFL teams. In the past, Aaron Rodgers has been a participant in these voluntary activities and has collected a nice workout bonus from it. This year, however, Rodgers decided to go on vacation in Hawaii with his fiance. As a result, he forfeited a $500,000 workout bonus.
On Tuesday, June 8, a mandatory minicamp began in Green Bay. Rodgers, again, was a no-show and was officially labeled a holdout. The Packers can fine him roughly $93,000 for missing camp, but it is not believed that they will do so.
In the meantime, the Packers’ top five wide receivers, who had skipped OTA’s, all showed up. In fact, Aaron Rodgers was the only no-show on the Packers’ roster. Four players (Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Elgton Jenkins, and Dean Lowry), however, are in COVID protocols and did not practice on Tuesday.
Shefter’s Latest Claim
With Aaron Rodgers absent from mandatory mini-camp, conjecture has grown even more in regards to whether or not he will even play this season. The Packers have first-round pick Jordan Love in camp, and he has impressed so far. Even so, Adam Schefter made this statement on ESPN:
Now, it is no secret that the Packers are a much better team with Aaron Rodgers than they are without him. However, to say that the team is so bad that they need Aaron Rodgers to be competitive is insulting.
After all, six other Packers’ players were Pro Bowl players last season. They boast one of the best wide receivers in the NFL in Davanate Adams. Aaron Jones is widely believed to be a top-five running back. The offensive line is among the best in the league. The defense, for all of its faults, was a top-ten defense last year and is poised to be even better in 2021.
Will Aaron Rodgers suit up for the Green Bay Packers in 2021? While that answer cannot be 100% certain, many believe that he will. Regardless, Adam Schefter has been irresponsible in his coverage of the situation. Claiming to have sources when he did not is a major journalistic no-no.
Additionally, his assessment of the Packers without Rodgers is insulting to the rest of the players who have established themselves as elite at their positions. Of course, the Packers are better with Rodgers under center; but let’s not pretend they are scrubs without him.