The smoke has cleared, the tensions have died (sort of), and Aaron Rodgers is officially the Green Bay Packer’s quarterback again.
There was a ton of doubt, as the three time NFL MVP was holding out on playing this season for a very long time due to issues within the organization.
But as the organization and Rodgers continue to make amends, the quarterback is finally coming clean to the media about the real reason behind his long hold out.
In the press conference, he laid it ALL OUT THERE:
“My opinion about the way that some of the outgoing veterans were treated and just the fact that we didn’t retain a number of players that I felt like were core players to our foundation, to our locker room, high character guys.
I’m talking about Charles Woodson, Jordy Nelson, Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb, James Jones, John Kuhn, Brett Gud, T.J. Lang, Bryan Bulaga, Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde.
Guys who were exceptional players for us, great locker room guys, high character guys. Many of them whom weren’t offered a contract at all or were extremely low-balled, or were, maybe in my opinion, not given the respect that guys of their status and stature and high character deserved.”
What we already had an idea of, was that Rodgers felt like he deserved more input on the team’s free agency and draft decisions, as he was typically ignored by those within the organization.
“The other part was wanting be a part of conversations involving free agents, which has never happened in my career. I’ve tried to pass along information. Hasn’t really been used.”
I think we can all understand, you know, Green Bay isn’t a huge vacation destination. People are coming here to play with me, to play with our team and knowing that they can win a championship here… I felt like based on my years and the way I can still play, that should be a natural part of the conversation.
If you can’t commit to me past 2021, and I’m not a part of recruiting process and free agency, if I’m not a part of the future, then instead of letting me be a lame-duck quarterback, if you want to make a change and move forward, then go ahead and do it. That didn’t happen.”
You can tell by the tone of his voice that the issues haven’t been resolved, but the organization and Rodgers must be in a much better place than they were two months ago.
When asked if he’s gonna be back next year? Sounds like it’s up in the air:
“I really don’t know. I think things in that direction haven’t really changed at all. I’m just going to focus on this year. There’s a lot of moving pieces besides myself.
I’m just going to enjoy this year, then revisit that conversation at the end of the season.”
Not gonna lie though, it looks like the man was having the time of his life while he was still holding out.