Opinion around the NFL is reportedly split in the impasse between the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers, with some feeling the quarterback is being "a little dramatic" while others feel the organizational philosophy deserves revisiting.
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN spoke about the situation Sunday on SportsCenter:
"It's definitely legit, and there's an uneasiness felt by not only fans in Green Bay and around the country but people around the league. They're sort of drawn to pick one side. Some think that Aaron Rodgers is being a little dramatic; others think that the spotlight should be placed on the way Green Bay does business and maybe they're putting the brand name above the player. And so, this might not change Aaron Rodgers' decision-making in all of this, but it does reinforce Green Bay's plan. They're going to wait this out, actively look for solutions. And [president/CEO Mark] Murphy pointed out in his letters, he's strongly supporting GM Brian Gutekunst in all of this, so people around the league thought that Murphy would never fire an executive or a GM over what a player wants, and that still seems to be the case."
Rodgers requested a trade from the Packers earlier this offseason, citing a falling out with management. However, the team has given no indication it is willing to move on from its longtime quarterback.
Rodgers' issues with the team seemingly date back to the 2020 NFL draft, when the team used its first-round selection on quarterback Jordan Love. In fact, the Packers' first three draft picks in that class were backups—a move that frustrated many who saw Green Bay as a team that should be making more immediate-impact moves.
In an interview with Kenny Mayne on SportsCenter, Rodgers all but confirmed the decision-making of general manager Brian Gutekunst was the main factor in his desire to leave:
"With my situation—look it's never been about the draft pick, picking Jordan. I love Jordan; he's a great kid. [We've had] a lot of fun to work together. Love the coaching staff, love my teammates, love the fanbase in Green Bay. An incredible 16 years. It's just kind of about a philosophy and maybe forgetting that it is about the people that make the thing go. It's about character, it's about culture, it's about doing things the right way."
The Packers may get an answer as to how far Rodgers is willing to take his stance when they open mandatory minicamp Tuesday. Rodgers could be subject to a $95,877 fine if he misses all three days of the session.
Fines will ratchet up a significant amount if Rodgers continues to hold out into training camp, with the team required to fine him $50,000 per day missed.