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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has informed members in the organization that he no longer wants to play for the team, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Schefter describes Rodgers as “disgruntled” and reports that the team’s decision to trade up to draft quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of last year’s draft plays a role in Rodgers’ dissatisfaction.
The report arrives just hours before the NFL draft where the Packers hold the 29th pick.
Rodgers has played in Green Bay since being selected in the first round of the 2005 draft. He’s led the team to a Super Bowl victory, is a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time NFL MVP, including winning the award last season at 37 years old.
Rodgers has also gone through some recent significant changes in his personal life. He and longtime girlfriend Danica Patrick broke in up in 2020, and Rodgers has since been engaged to actress Shailene Woodley. Rodgers has taken a guest turn as a host on TV game show “Jeopardy!” and has openly lobbied to become the show’s full-time host replacing Alex Trebek.
Schefter did not report that Rodgers was considering quitting football altogether, just that he was unhappy in Green Bay.
Schefter reports that Packers president Mark Murphy, general manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur have each made individual trips to California this offseason to visit Rodgers and convince him to remain in Green Bay. Rodgers “has not budged,” according to the report.
The Packers have turned back trade inquiries from the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams, per the report.
“As we’ve stated since the season ended, we are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond,” Gutekunst said in a statement to Schefter. “Aaron has been a vital part of our success and we look forward to competing for another championship with him leading our team.”
NFL Network reports that Rodgers sent his agent to Green Bay in the offseason to work on a contract extension and that Rodgers refused to restructure his deal. He apparently did not attend those meetings himself. According to that report, there is “zero chance” the Packers trade Rodgers and that Green Bay is “committed” to getting a deal done with its franchise quarterback.