By Adam Roberts – 7/28/2021
We knew today would be a very busy day at the Packers’ training camp podium. Earlier this morning, general manager Brian Gutekunst was peppered with questions by the gathered media about the offseason, and what the team’s plans were for Aaron Rodgers after this year. Gutey answered in his usual calculated manner, and also navigated around curious reporters wondering why the team was trading for Randall Cobb when they drafted Amari Rodgers a few months ago.
Then it was Aaron’s turn to speak. And to quote one of my favorite Twitch streamers Flatz: “I’ve got a goodie for you today!”
In response to the opening question from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero about what the whole situation was about for him, Rodgers elaborated that he was frustrated with the way the organization handled outgoing veteran players in the past such as Charles Woodson, Jordy Nelson, Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb (who of course is on his way back), James Jones, John Kuhn, and others. Rodgers said a commitment beyond 2021 was not given to him, either.
Rodgers also indicated he wanted to have more input with the free agents that was not utilized by the team, and that by being a recruiter he can bring in more high profile athletes, since in his own words “I think we can all understand Green Bay isn’t a huge destination vacation.” He also made a point to mention it never has been about money at any point, using the analogy of a worker asking for a raise after a good year on the job to which your boss says “we’ll see..” then coming back and saying you now have a new job opportunity and the boss suddenly wants to make sure you stick around.
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