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Aaron Rodgers Wants Out, and the Packers Have Only Themselves to Blame

  Aaron Rodgers Wants Out, and the Packers Have Only Themselves to Blame GM Brian Gutekunst’s failure to do the bare minimum in managing his star could cost Green Bay a legendary quarterback still in his prime. The Packers’ choice of Jordan Love was such a colossal blunder that it turned into the worst pick in two drafts. It was the head-scratcher of 2020, and now it is the talk of 2021, with ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporting that Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay.Pinning the Rodgers/Packers rift entirely on the Love pick is reductive.

Despite having one of the best years of his career, Aaron Rodgers' time in Green Bay may soon come to an end. According to multiple reports, Rodgers doesn't wish to return to the team that he's spent his entire NFL career with.

a group of people playing football on a field: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks off the field fter the Green Bay Packers 31-26 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship playoff game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. - Photo by Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK Packers Packers25 Mjd 08898 © Provided by CBS Sports

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks off the field fter the Green Bay Packers 31-26 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship playoff game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. - Photo by Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK Packers Packers25 Mjd 08898

The Broncos, Raiders and 49ers are reportedly the three teams that Rodgers would be willing to go to.

Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers Enjoy Kentucky Derby with Miles Teller and Their Friends

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While Rodgers has spent his entire career with the Packers, the relationship hasn't always been great between the two sides. The latest developments are just the most recent moments of drama in what has been a tumultuous partnership for a few years at this point.

According a report from Bleacher Report back in 2019, Rodgers and former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy didn't get along so well. Rodgers would constantly get frustrated that McCarthy was calling the wrong play and he even reportedly believed the coach had a "low IQ."

But McCarthy hasn't been the Packers coach since 2018, so let's take a closer look at a few specific events that likely contributed to Rodgers' current displeasure with Green Bay.

Packers draft QB Jordan Love in first round of 2020 NFL Draft

This remains one of the biggest storylines in the Rodgers situation. The Packers selected former Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the No. 26 in the 2020 NFL Draft. Many thought that Green Bay would take a wide receiver in the opening round to help out Rodgers. Instead, they took look -- passing over a wide receiver in the first round for the 18th straight year (the team took Javon Walker with the 20th overall pick in 2002.)

Is Aaron Rodgers' beef with the Packers legit? Let's dive in

  Is Aaron Rodgers' beef with the Packers legit? Let's dive in The NFL draft is always chaos and drama all on its own, but the 2021 edition leaped to a new level when Aaron Rodgers and the Packers cannonballed into the conversation Thursday afternoon. In a draft already fraught with uncertainty, the Rodgers story upended the plans, or at least the call sheets, of half a dozen teams. Rumors flew farther than a Rodgers Hail Mary. The 49ers are going to trade the third pick for Rodgers! The Broncos are putting together a deal to get Rodgers! The Raiders are bringing Rodgers to Vegas! No rumor seemed too absurd to air. Left unsaid in all the madness was the exact reason why the Packers and Aaron Rodgers are at such odds.

Making matters worse was that the 2020 draft seemed like the ideal scenario for the Packers front office to help out their star signal caller.

The likes of Justin Jefferson and Brandon Aiyuk went within four picks of the Packers', so a trade up most likely wouldn't have cost Green Bay a ton of draft capital. Even after Love was taken, Tee Higgins and Michael Pittman Jr. were taken at the top of the second round by other teams, so trading down was also an option for a wideout.

Instead, the Packers went with Love, who is a very raw prospect that didn't see the field at all in 2020. He is the heir apparent to take over at QB when Rodgers leaves.


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Packers lose to the Bucs in the NFC Championship Game

The Packers had an impressive 13-3 record during the 2020 regular season, which netted them the No. 1 seed in the NFC. However, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got the best of the Packers in a 31-26 NFC Championship Game win.

Business of Football: The Parallels Between Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre Continue

  Business of Football: The Parallels Between Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre Continue Last year our Andrew Brandt said the Packers' QB situation was déjà vu all over again. It's only feeling more familiar now. I have written often in this space about my decade as vice president of the Packers. I spent three of those years with Brett Favre—one of the game’s iconic superstars at that time—as our starting quarterback and Aaron Rodgers as his backup. There was tension in that situation between the two of them that surfaced from time to time; we were able to keep that largely hidden from public view.

But that loss wasn't so cut and dry if you ask Rodgers.

Packers head coach Matt Lafleur made a questionable decision with just over two minutes to go in the game. On a fourth-and-goal play from the eight-yard line, the Packers chose to kick the short field goal and cut the deficit to 31-26. The Buccaneers were then able to run out the final 2:05 and the Packers never got the ball back.

Following the game, Rodgers didn't mince words regarding Lafleur's decision.

"I didn't have a decision on that one," Rodgers said. "That wasn't my decision. (I) understand the thinking -- above two minutes with all of our timeouts -- but, yeah, that wasn't my decision."

Rodgers could've attempted to run the ball on third-and-goal and get even closer to the end zone. However, he revealed that he thought that he would get another chance to score a touchdown on the next play.

Rodgers admits he may not finish career with Packers

Earlier in April, Rodgers joined "The Pat McAfee Show," and was asked about his future with the Packers. Rodgers let it be known that he can't control his future and could end up finishing his career elsewhere.

Adam Schefter makes surprising admission about bombshell Aaron Rodgers story

  Adam Schefter makes surprising admission about bombshell Aaron Rodgers story Some fans are angry over Schefter’s admission, as they believe it was inappropriate for him to steal the spotlight just hours before the draft. Schefter also contradicted himself a bit. As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk notes, Schefter’s initial tweet and ensuing ESPN story about Rodgers specifically said “league and team sources told ESPN on Thursday.” That doesn’t mesh with what Schefter told Patrick.If Schefter knew definitively weeks ago that Rodgers wants out of Green Bay, it would be awfully risky for him to sit on such a huge story.

"I think that we're exactly where we were last year when I made comments after the draft and throughout the season," Rodgers said regarding his future in Green Bay. "I don't feel like any of that's changed. ... There were some people who made assumptions based on what I said. Nothing's really changed ... I meant what I said last year, really being at peace with the whole thing ... not (being) bitter or disappointed or frustrated about things (I) realize (I) can't control. And my future is one of them."

It definitely appear that the Packers haven't done anything to endear themselves to Rodgers since those comments following the drafting of Love last year. If Rodgers does end up getting traded, it sounds like he'd be on board. That could become a reality later this weekend, especially because ...

Packers draft a cornerback in Round 1 of 2021 NFL Draft

As the quote above shows, the damage was most likely already done prior to Thursday's opening round of the 2021 draft, but the Packers didn't do anything to win Rodgers over, either. With the No. 29 pick, the Packers selected Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes and completely ignored the offensive side of the ball ... yet again.

Mississippi wide receiver Elijah Moore and Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins are two highly-touted players that remain on the board when Round 2 begins on Friday. In addition, the Packers could've made a splash and traded up for Minnesota standout wide receiver Rashod Bateman, who many had the Packers taking in mock drafts. Bateman went just two picks before the Packers at No. 27.

The Packers’ Poor Management of Aaron Rodgers Hurts All Parties .
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers aren't budging. But the damage has already been done to the MVP's trust in his organization.The Packers might win another Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers, but they cannot win their standoff with him. That is because nobody really wins this kind of standoff. As soon as you are in it, you have lost.

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