Aaron Rodgers’ future with the Green Bay Packers just went from a “beautiful mystery” to a draft-night disaster after a bombshell report from ESPN indicated the reigning NFL MVP is not interested in returning to the team for the 2021 season.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, league and team sources have told him that Rodgers is “so disgruntled” with the Packers that he has made it clear to members of the organization this offseason that he does not want to come back to the team next season.
Reigning MVP Aaron 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, league and team sources told ESPN on Thursday.
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— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2021
Packers team president Mark Murphy, general manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur have each flown out on separate trips to visit with Rodgers this offseason, but the 37-year-old quarterback has not budged, per Schefter. The Packers have also been firm that they are not interested in trading Rodgers despite reportedly getting trade inquiries from the Los Angeles Rams (pre-Matthew Stafford trade) and San Francisco 49ers this offseason.
The Packers traded up and selected former Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in last spring’s 2020 NFL draft, a decision that came as a surprise to just about everyone — including Rodgers. While Rodgers responded by winning his third career NFL MVP award and leading the Packers to their second consecutive NFC Championship Game, it has allowed a cloud of uncertainty to loom over his future.
Rodgers is currently under contract from another three NFL seasons and is set to carry a $37.202 million salary-cap hit into the 2021 season. The Packers would incur a dead-cap hit of $38.356 million.
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