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Packers' Mark Murphy on Aaron Rodgers: 'There's Nothing New to Update'

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVJuly 17, 2021

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Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy said Friday there's still no update on whether superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers will play for the team in 2021.

"I appreciate the question. This is really limited to questions regarding financial statements," Murphy said on a call about the Packers' fiscal year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "I would just say there's nothing new to update on the issue that you raised."

In April, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Rodgers had "told some within the organization that he does not want to return to the team" and that the Packers front office was "aware of his feelings."

There's been little movement since that point.

"We're not going to trade Aaron Rodgers," general manager Brian Gutekunst told reporters following Schefter's initial report.

The NFL's reigning MVP remained coy about his plans recently while playing in Capital One's The Match.

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"I don't know. ... We'll see," Rodgers said twice in response to questions about who will play quarterback for the Packers this season.

The first hint of Rodgers' intentions will likely come before July is over. Veteran members of the roster are scheduled to arrive at training camp July 27.

The Packers' outlook for the 2021 campaign will change drastically if the nine-time Pro Bowler opts to hold out in an attempt to force a trade.

Green Bay traded into the first round in the 2020 draft to select fellow quarterback Jordan Love, but there's no way to know whether he's prepared to handle the pressure of leading a team that would have championship expectations with Rodgers behind center.

None of the other signal-callers on the depth chart (Blake Bortles, Kurt Benkert and Jake Dolegala) are more than reserve options, so the burden would fall on Love if Rodgers does not show up for training camp and beyond.

Meanwhile, the Packers front office hasn't given any indication it would consider trade offers even if Rodgers, who is under contract through 2023 as part of a four-year, $134 million deal, holds out.

So, the sides could be headed toward an extended staredown in the weeks and months ahead.

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