Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took to the podium after the first training camp practice. The reigning MVP goes into detail on why there was an issue between him and the organization.
After the first practice of training camp, Rodgers spoke to the media. The press conference was opened by NFL Network Tom Pelissero with the question, “What was this all about for you?”
Rodgers would explain and go into detail about his issues with the Packers.
First, Rodgers stated that this wasn’t a draft day problem. However, Rodgers expressed a desire to be more involved in conversations like the draft, free agency, or anything about his job. Essentially, Rodgers feels he wasn’t valued enough as a player or voice in the organization.
He was not a fan of how the Packers handled situations with former players. Some of these could have been with Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, Jared Cook, Bryan Bulaga, Julius Peppers, Mycah Hyde, Casey Hayward, and many others. Rodgers did highlight the cutting of Jake Kumerow as an example.
Rodgers said that Kumerow was the second-best receiver the Packers had in training camp last year and had no idea he was being cut from the team. As a player heading into his 17th season who has won a few MVPs, he should have “a little more input.” That input could have been put to use today as the Packers traded for Cobb and Rodgers was thrilled with the move.
The reigning MVP did mention that he wants to be in Green Bay and loves the organization.
Rodgers: "I love this organization and I love being a Packer."
— Andy Herman (@AndyHermanNFL) July 28, 2021
There was a rumor throughout the offseason that Rodgers wanted Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst fired. However, Rodgers shot that down. He never asked for Gutekunst to be fired and says the relationship with the general manager is “professional.”
There was also a rumor about retiring. Rodgers acknowledged that he did think about retirement, but he still holds that burning passion to keep competing.
Even though the Packers and Rodgers came to an agreement on a contract that could see Rodgers being traded in the 2022 offseason, Rodgers is optimistic about fishing his career in Green Bay.
“I’m definitely not closing the door on anything,” said Rodgers. “I’m always optimistic about the ability to change. I’d never want anyone to give up on me.”
Rodgers added that it’s not his understanding that he can choose where he wants to play in 2022. In the meantime, however, Rodgers is ready to play for the Packers by stating, “I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t 100% all-in.”