The Aaron Rodgers Drama that Fell on its Face

by | May 2, 2021 | Football


The NFL Draft is already dramatic. Then the Packers made it more dramatic. At the very end of Draft Night, Aaron Rodgers is still a Packers and I would assume that Aaron Rodgers is still pissed off. Honestly, that may be the most fitting thing of all, the fact that two years in a row, Aaron Rodgers goes to bed on an NFL Draft Night pissed off. But what are we kidding, he has probably been pissed off for many Draft Nights well before the Packers drafted his replacement in the first round last year. 

Yesterday, for at least a minute, it seemed like the former MVP was going to get his wish of leaving the Packers or at least getting a very nice extension, something that could maybe be on the table. In the morning there were unverified reports that the 49ers had made a call and offer on Rodgers. It would have included Jimmy G, the third pick, multiple other picks, and maybe even another player. John Lynch confirmed that he made the call. 

Rodgers Wants Out?

“You’re talking about the MVP of our league last year,” Lynch said. “Yeah, we inquired. It was a quick in to the conversation (but) it wasn’t happening. As we said, we have been convicted and excited for a long, long time, so we went right back to where we’ve been and that’s really excited about adding Trey Lance to the 49ers, and we’re thrilled about that.”

After that, another report surfaced that Rodgers was done in Green Bay. Packers was clearly unhappy and he wanted to be extended or traded and the Packers reportedly shuffled their feet and never made much of a decision. 

“Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so disgruntled with the Green Bay Packers that he has told some within the organization that he does not want to return to the team, league and team sources told ESPN on Thursday.”

We sat for a few hours with this news and just waited. Rumors about the Niners, even the Patriots circled around. Rodgers who had a no-trade clause reportedly had a list of teams he would accept a trade to. About three hours before the draft it was announced he was okay with San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Denver. 

And then, Mark Schlereth,  a guy that probably has very few reliable sources considering he’s been away from ESPN for years, had the tweet of the night. 

“I’m hearing @AaronRodgers12 to @Broncos is close to a done deal … still could fall thru but fingers crossed.” 

Well, the old head was dead wrong and most likely got played by someone in the organization. The drama and the guessing game of where Rodgers could go was fun for a while. And it certainly won’t go away. My best guess is that Rodgers will play for Green Bay in 2021. He is under contract and he has three-years left on his deal. The Packers will do something to make him happy. But the Packers made their beds by drafting Jordan Love and they aren’t going to come back on that decision, meaning the Rodgers’ time in GB is ticking down. 

By: Matt Lively