After a whole offseason of rumors and uncertainty, Aaron Rodgers made his return to the Packers on Wednesday and gave a candid press conference at the start of training camp.
Rodgers has been at odds with possession and stated he thought-about retiring this previous offseason however is anticipated to play in 2021.
One main level of emphasis with Rodgers and the Packers entrance workplace was his lack of involvement in recruiting throughout his whole 16-year stint with the group. And issues got here to a boil in 2020 when quarterback Jordan Love was chosen — his presumed and eventual substitute.
“Inexperienced Bay is not an enormous trip vacation spot,” Rodgers stated. “Individuals are coming right here to play with me and play with our group understanding they will win a championship right here and the truth that I have not been utilized in these discussions was one I wished to vary transferring ahead.”
Rodgers stated no modifications have been made when he burdened his desirous to be concerned in recruitment and by March he was pissed off by their lack of dedication to the 37-year-old going ahead.
Rodgers and the Packers got here to an settlement in phrases of his contract in an effort to carry him again to training camp, per ESPN. However it could go away Rodgers the choice of leaving Inexperienced Bay in 2022.
“If you cannot decide to me previous 2021, and I am not a component of the recruiting course of and free company…if I am not a component of the long run, then as a substitute of letting me be a lame duck quarterback if you wish to make a change and transfer ahead then go forward and do it.”
Rodgers added that across the 2021 draft a contract extension was mentioned, however insisted it wasn’t in regards to the cash.
“Put up the draft, what principally occurred was then they [front office] stated ‘we’ll offer you some cash now, let’s have a look at if we will throw some cash at you,’ and I stated from the start it wasn’t in regards to the cash,” he stated.
Rodgers went on to say he was shocked there wasn’t a dialog on a attainable extension for him earlier. Conversations did not start till administration started to really feel the strain of a attainable departure, although.
However Rodgers was additionally pissed off for different veteran gamers who he thinks weren’t given the right respect they deserved by possession. He listed “high-character” veterans like Charles Woodson, Jordy Nelson, Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews and much more who he believes weren’t handled with the respect they deserved.
“Nice locker room guys, high-character guys who weren’t provided a contract at all or have been extraordinarily low-balled or, possibly in my view, not given the respect on the way in which out that guys of their standing and stature and excessive character deserved,” Rodgers stated.
Regardless of all of the quarrels with the group, Rodgers answered with “I do” when requested if he wished to stick with the Packers.
“I like this group, I like the followers, the chance to play on Lambeau Subject has been a dream come true and to be in my seventeenth season is actually particular.”
All the press conference will be considered right here:
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