Aaron Rodgers has been enjoying some time off in Hawaii as his future with the Green Bay Packers remains up in the air. But according to the latest reports, the Packers have some belief that he will return to the team.
A report from Matt Schneidman of TheAthletic.com suggests the Packers aren’t trading Rodgers because they believe he’ll eventually come back to Green Bay so they are essentially calling his bluff.
Schneidman says if the Packers “believed he was truly committed to never playing for them again” that they would trade him to get some picks in return.
So it seems like the standoff will continue because Rodgers has publicly never given any indication that he will be playing for the team.
Rodgers previously said he is unhappy with the way things are being run and the philosophy and culture of the team.
“With my situation, look, it’s never been about the draft pick, picking Jordan. I love Jordan. He’s a great kid. A lot of fun to work together. I love the coaching staff, love my teammates, love the fan base in Green Bay. Incredible 16 years,” Rodgers said, via NFL.com. “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.
“A lot of this was put in motion last year and the wrench was kind of thrown into it when I won MVP and played the way I played last year. So this is just kind of, I think, a spill-out of all that. But look, man, it is about the people and that’s the most important thing. Green Bay has always been about the people, from Curly Lambeau being owner and found to the 60s with [Vince] Lombardi and Bart Starr and all those incredible names to the 90s teams with coach [Mike Holmgren] and [Brett Favre] and the Minister of Defense [Reggie White] to the run that we’ve been on. It’s about the people.”
Let the drama continue.