GREEN BAY — Say it ain’t so.
Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so disgruntled with the Packers that he has told some within the organization that he does not want to return to the team, ESPN reported Thursday.
While no team has made an official offer, the news was released on the day of the NFL draft. Due to league rules, the only time a team can trade four first-round picks is the day of the first round (this year’s pick and the next three years). If a team were to make an offer, it would likely cost that and more for the three-time MVP.
The Packers, concerned about Rodgers’ feelings, have had team president Mark Murphy, general manager Brian Gutekunst, and head coach Matt LaFleur each fly out to meet with Rodgers this off-season, says ESPN.
There never has been an NFL MVP traded after winning the award in the previous season. The only MVPs not to return to their team in the season after winning the award were Norm Van Brocklin (retired after winning MVP in 1960) and Jim Brown (retired after winning MVP in 1965). https://t.co/hH8kZfuI0A— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2021
Rodgers has been hinting at this news since the NFC title loss:
Rodgers has been a Packer for 16 seasons.