(WLAX/WEUX) – Well, who saw this coming?
We all knew a stellar group of collegiate quarterbacks—from sure-fire #1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence to Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, and Mac Jones—would dominant the conversation going into the first round of the National Football League’s annual draft tonight.
But a bombshell was dropped this afternoon concerning league MVP Aaron Rodgers.
The airwaves and social media was buzzing this afternoon with ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s breaking news that Rodgers is “disgruntled” and has told some people in the organization he wants out of Green Bay.
Schefter broke the news that the reigning league MVP was disgruntled, and the timing of that announcement right before the draft comes on the heels of FOX Sports Jay Glaser’s report that several teams (49ers, Broncos) approached the Packers about the possibility of trading their 37-year-old quarterback.
Rodgers is under contract in Green Bay for the next three seasons, and his stellar play (48 TDs, 5 INTs) spearheaded the Packers to another 13-3 season and the NFC Championship game.
In his annual pre-draft media conference via zoom Monday, general manager Brian Gutekunst stated the franchise’s commitment to Rodgers.
“As we’ve stated since the season ended, we are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond,” he stated. “Aaron has been a vital part of our success and we look forward to competing for another championship with him leading our team.”
Think of how the 2020 season began. It was a year ago that Gutekunst shocked Packer Nation by moving up in the first round to draft Jordan Love as Rodgers’ successor, a surprise to Rodgers that did not sit well.
Think of how the 2020 season ended. The Packers lost at Lambeau Field to Tampa Bay, when Matt LaFleur decided to kick a field goal instead of giving Rodgers the opportunity on 4th and 8.
Rodgers and the team have been in contract renegotiations for months, with no resolution. Will Green Bay trade their most valuable asset.
In the meantime, Gutekunst and the Packers currently hold the 29th overall pick tonight. Look for the Packers GM to continue his trend of first-round maneuvers and either trade up or trade back two stockpile picks.
An explosive wide or slot receiver and cornerstone offensive tackle may well be the targets.