Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are in a stare-down following the quarterback’s trade demand due to concerns over the team’s culture. After sitting out minicamp, the Packers seem ready to make their franchise quarterback make a decision first.
Trouble started brewing in Green Bay last year, when general manager Brian Gutekunst drafted Jordan Love without ever telling Rodgers about the team’s plan to draft his successor. After years of the same front office parting ways with veteran leaders unceremoniously, the future Hall of Fame quarterback grew tired of Green Bay’s operation.
But after winning his third NFL MVP award, proving he could still play at an elite level, Rodgers approached the Packers about a contract extension. Once the team refused, wanting to stick by its planned timeline for Love, the franchise quarterback asked for a trade.
Unfortunately for the 37-year-old, skipping voluntary practices and mandatory minicamp hasn’t changed the Packers’ stance. Every time another team calls, Gutekunst immediately informs them a trade won’t be considered. While it hasn’t stopped a flurry of NFL rumors, Green Bay isn’t budging from its approach.