Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so disgruntled with the Inexperienced Bay Packers that he has advised some throughout the group that he doesn’t wish to return to the group, league and group sources advised ESPN on Thursday.
The Packers are conscious of his emotions, involved about them and have had group president Mark Murphy, basic supervisor Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur every fly out on separate journeys to satisfy with Rodgers at varied factors this offseason, sources advised ESPN.
“As we have acknowledged because the season ended, we’re dedicated to Aaron in 2021 and past,” Gutekunst advised ESPN. “Aaron has been a significant a part of our success and we stay up for competing for one more championship with him main our group.”
Rodgers, 37, has not budged this offseason, however neither have the Packers, who’ve made it identified they don’t seem to be concerned with buying and selling Rodgers anyplace.
The San Francisco 49ers referred to as the Packers on Wednesday night time, a supply advised ESPN, and the Los Angeles Rams inquired about Rodgers in January earlier than they traded for Matthew Stafford.
The Packers rapidly dismissed the Rams’ overtures, the supply stated.
The Packers have provided to increase Rodgers’ contract, sources advised ESPN.
Rodgers is sad for a wide range of causes, with a few of it relationship to final 12 months’s draft when the Packers did not inform him earlier than buying and selling as much as draft a quarterback with their first-round decide. Some took this as an indication that his days in Inexperienced Bay may he numbered.
He is also at a special level in his private life, having not too long ago gotten engaged to actress Shailene Woodley. Rodgers additionally has hosted “Jeopardy!” and stated it will be a dream to turn into the full-time host. He may play soccer and likewise host “Jeopardy!”
Rodgers has made cryptic feedback about his future in Inexperienced Bay, however he has advised others that he doesn’t wish to return.
On draft night time, the Packers’ largest situation is not who they land, however whether or not they can preserve the three-time NFL MVP.
An NFL participant has by no means been traded after successful the MVP award within the earlier season. The one MVPs to not return to their group within the season after successful the award have been Norm Van Brocklin (retired after successful in 1960) and Jim Brown (retired after successful in 1965).
Rodgers’ contract contained a $6.8 million roster bonus due in March. It may have been transformed right into a signing bonus that might have freed up greater than $4.5 million in salary-cap area for this season however as a substitute it “vested as scheduled,” a supply advised ESPN on the time. It is listed as an automated conversion in Rodgers’ contract, however even that needs to be signed off on by each events. It is not identified if the Packers tried to transform and Rodgers refused to log out on it, or if they didn’t try a conversion.
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky contributed to this report.