As if Draft Day couldn’t get any crazier, ESPN’s Adam Schefter threw a wrinkle in everyone’s plans while reporting on the future of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Just a few months after the Packers opted for a field goal on a pivotal fourth down in the NFC Championship, Schefter reported that 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.”
For months between the end of the 2020 NFL season and the 2021 NFL Draft, fans and media members wondered about whether or not Rodgers and the Packers would part ways
In April, Rodgers remained mysterious about where things stood between him and the franchise, citing the team’s selection of quarterback Jordan Love in the 2020 NFL Draft as a potential indication of what the team thinks about his future.
“I think we’re exactly where we were last year when I made comments after the draft and throughout the season,” Rodgers said on The Pat McAfee Show in April. “I don’t feel like any of that has changed.”
“My future, really, a lot of it is out of my control. That’s why I’ve used the phrase like “beautiful mystery,” because it is quite uncertain which direction things are going to go,” Rodgers continued.
“All I can do is play my best, and I feel like last year I did do that. That may have thrown a wrench into some timelines that may have been thought about or desired but, ultimately, things haven’t really changed on that front.”
The latest news from Schefter is especially noteworthy, considering the fact that rumors were swirling around the San Francisco 49ers potentially pursuing the California native ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft.
However, a report from the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero indicated that “there is a ‘zero percent chance’ that Green Bay deals the reigning NFL MVP.”
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport followed up on the situation, saying that the anger stems from ongoing contract negotiations.
“Rodgers and the #Packers have been negotiating a long-term contract offer,” Rapoport wrote. “They’ve been working on it for weeks. Rodgers has been unhappy at times during those moments. No deal is done, and he’s not happy now.
Rapoport added that Rodgers’ agent Dave Dunn recently flew to Green Bay to “work through the situation” as Rodgers refused a potential restructuring of his deal.
A reigning NFL MVP has never been traded after winning the award the year prior.
If the reports surrounding Rodgers’ morale are true, however, that trend could come to a historic end before the start of the 2021 season.