Hours prior to Thursday night’s first round of the NFL draft – in a development that Bears fans will be watching closely – Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers appears to be more unhappy with the Packers organization than previously thought.
Rodgers has reportedly told some within the organization that he no longer wants to play in Green Bay, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Rodgers’ issues with the organization date back to last year’s draft, when the Packers selected quarterback Jordan Love with their first-round pick. The move signaled to some that Rodgers’ days in Green Bay might be numbered. Love sat on the bench the entire season. Rodgers would’ve preferred the pick be used on someone who could’ve helped the team win in 2020.
According to Schefter, the Packers are aware of Rodgers’ unhappiness and team president Mark Murphy, general manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur have each flown out to visit Rodgers at separate times this offseason.
The Packers have little interest in trading Rodgers, whose contract runs through 2023. Several teams have called the Packers about making a trade for Rodgers, according to Schefter, including the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams before they traded for Matthew Stafford.
The report grabbed the attention of the entire NFL on Thursday afternoon.
The Bears and the rest of the NFC North will be paying close attention to how things progress. Already, draft weekend appears to be providing some fireworks.