Retired NFL quarterback Alex Smith backed fellow 2005 NFL draft class member Aaron Rodgers in his rift with the Green Bay Packers on Friday.

Speaking to Jori Epstein of USA Today, Smith said: "Clearly it's not an ideal situation and not what it should be. I think he's due a certain level of communication and certain level of respect beyond the average player. And I don't think that’s asking a whole lot just to communicate. Clearly that didn't happen over the last couple years."

Rodgers has spent his entire 16-year NFL career with the Packers, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported in April that Rodgers told some within the organization that he no longer wanted to play in Green Bay.

The three-time NFL MVP subsequently didn't report to mandatory minicamp, and it is unclear if he will be present for training camp.

Rodgers has never given a specific reason publicly for why he is disenchanted with the Packers, but he did address the situation last month during an appearance on SportsCenter.