If another participant behaved like this, we’d be crushing him for being a diva.
Untouchable, apparently. In his thoughts, actually.
It turned clear earlier than this weekend’s draft that Rodgers is done with the Packers, needs no extra a part of the franchise that has made him one in every of the most iconic quarterbacks in the sport, to not point out given him extra money than he’ll ever want.
There isn’t something about Rodgers that isn’t calculated. So, the truth this info leaked out on the eve of the draft is something reduce coincidence. Rodgers nearly actually licensed, if not orchestrated, his discontent changing into public by way of your typical channels of stories leakage.
A 12 months in the past, when the Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love in the first spherical, Rodgers’ nose was more than bent out of shape.
Rodgers, in what has grow to be his passive-aggressive modus operandi, will need to have forgotten that he was drafted by the Packers in 2005 when Brett Favre was nonetheless the Green Bay quarterback. He sat and discovered behind Favre for 3 seasons earlier than being given the keys to the kingdom.
Since then, Rodgers has performed nothing however excel, changing into one in every of the best gamers — not simply quarterbacks — the sport has ever seen. He has compiled a 126-63-1 report as a starter, profitable three league MVPs alongside the means, together with 2020.
Rodgers has led the Packers to the postseason 11 occasions, gained one Super Bowl and misplaced 4 NFC Championship video games.
His discontent with the group, although, appears ridiculously unfounded, for a couple of causes.
First, Love has by no means been a risk to Rodgers’ throne. By all accounts, Love isn’t near able to be an NFL starter.
Second, it’s not as if the Packers have been some slouch franchise that has left Rodgers to do all of it on his personal. Rodgers has benefitted from not solely one in every of the greatest offensive strains in the league, but in addition higher skill-position expertise than most NFL quarterbacks may ever dream of.
Ask former Jets and present Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold if he’d join the supporting solid Rodgers has had in Green Bay.
There have been reviews that Rodgers is sad along with his monetary compensation.
He averages about almost $33 million a 12 months in wage.
That is to not say the Packers’ administration hasn’t had any fault in this. They may have saved Rodgers extra knowledgeable about the plan to take Love in final 12 months’s draft.
The Packers, too, haven’t precisely aggressively constructed round Rodgers with this draft, choosing defensive again Eric Stokes in the first spherical and middle Josh Myers in the second spherical earlier than drafting receiver Amari Rodgers in the third-round decide.
Reports have said that everybody from head coach Matt Lafleur, who appeared to exit of his means final season to bond with Rodgers, common supervisor Brian Gutekunst and staff president Mark Murphy have made separate journeys to California this offseason to attempt placating their diva quarterback.
Yet an ESPN report Saturday said that there’s nothing the Packers can do at this level to persuade Rodgers to remain in Green Bay regardless of the proven fact that his contract goes by way of 2023.
Gutekunst made it clear on Thursday night time that the staff has zero plans to maneuver on with out Rodgers, saying, “We’re not going to trade Aaron Rodgers.”
“We’ve been working through this for a little while now, and I just think it may take some time, but he’s a guy that kind of makes this thing go,’’ Gutekunst said. “He gives us the best chance to win, and we’re going to work towards that end.”
It’s time for Rodgers, who’s been pampered like a toddler from royalty, to do some work on his finish to make this work.