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Matt LaFleur Wants Aaron Rodgers to Stay with Packers: 'Love Working with Him'

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2021

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and head coach Matt LaFleur talk during warm ups before the start of an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
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Despite rumors Aaron Rodgers wants to move on from the Green Bay Packers, head coach Matt LaFleur clearly prefers the quarterback stays with the team.

"I don't only love the player, I love the person. I love working with him on a daily basis," LaFleur told reporters of Rodgers on Saturday. "... I don't even want to let my mind go there."

It comes after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Rodgers was "disgruntled" with the organization and does not want to return.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports added the veteran won't return as long as general manager Brian Gutekunst remains with the team.

Gutekunst has said he doesn't plan to trade Rodgers, who would leave $38.4 million in dead cap if dealt this offseason, per Spotrac.

"As we've stated since the season ended, we are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond," Gutekunst told Schefter. "Aaron has been a vital part of our success and we look forward to competing for another championship with him leading our team."

There are still question marks about his future if he is willing to hold out in order to force a move.

It's clear LaFleur has enjoyed working with Rodgers in his two years as the team's head coach. The squad has gone 13-3 in each season, reaching the NFC Championship Game in both years. The two combined to create the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL in 2020, with Rodgers throwing 48 touchdowns and only five interceptions on his way to his third MVP award.

The Packers drafted his eventual replacement in Jordan Love last year, but the 22-year-old is a complete unknown who is yet to take a professional snap.

Playing without Rodgers would certainly make LaFleur's job harder in 2021.