Mark Murphy was the Green Bay Packers President and CEO just seven months when the Summer of Favre divided Packer Nation back in 2008.
Brett Favre — arguably the greatest player in Green Bay history — announced he wanted to play again after retiring three months earlier. Much to Favre’s chagrin, though, the Packers were committed to young Aaron Rodgers and traded their Hall of Fame quarterback to the New York Jets.
Chaos ensued, as a large portion of the fan base expressed outrage over the move. Some heckled Rodgers at both practices and team scrimmages, while others screamed for Green Bay’s decision makers to be fired.
“There’s no question that was a pretty memorable time,” Murphy said Monday.
And it’s one Murphy doesn’t want to repeat.
Rodgers, who is in the middle of a Hall of Fame career himself, has two years left on his current five-year, $110 million contract. Rodgers, a two-time MVP and a Super Bowl MVP, will be just the ninth-highest paid quarterback in football this year at $22 million.
Both sides have said for months they’d like to get an extension done that could keep Rodgers in Green Bay for the rest of his career. That hasn’t happened, though, leading to much consternation among the Packer faithful.