GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 19: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on the sideline during a game against the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field on December 19, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Panthers 24–16. (Photo by Stacey Revere / Getty Images)
An NFL executive now understands why the Green Bay Packers are more open to a trade for Aaron Rodgers than ever. The unnamed executive says the veteran QB held the team “hostage” to a massive contract extension into 2022 and won’t complete the historic deal this season.
The Athletic NFL writer Mike Sandow dropped a piece where he talked to several NFL officials to get their opinion on the Rodgers-Packers situation.
Another official said, “I think he showed his true colors last season when he held them hostage and took $50 million a year.” “He knew he could get his best deal out of the Packers, and now that he has it, now that he’s got the bag secured, he’s open to leave.”
Another executive said he thinks the Packers will trade him elsewhere, but noted the team missed a big opportunity last year and why now Green Bay is “definitely done” with Rodgers.
“I think the Packers are done with him,” said a longtime NFL team executive speaking on condition of anonymity for competitive reasons. “The time to jump was last year. They missed the ability to maximize their compensation. And they missed the playoffs. When they moved DaVante (Adams), they should have moved Aaron and said, ‘We Starting and we have all these choices. They could have sent him to Denver.”
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