Aaron Rodgers Situation “Divided” Packers Fan Base, Says Green Bay President
The Packers quarterback has divided the Packers loyalists.
With reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers not in OTAs and not expected to be at the mandatory minicamp on Tuesday amid his feud with the Packers, Green Bay president Mark Murphy said the situation had “become divided [the Packers] fan base. “
Answer questions from fans in his monthly column On the team’s website, Murphy responded to a fan offering a compliment for the work he has done while offering a little insight into the situation with Rodgers:
The situation we face with Aaron Rodgers has divided our fan base. The emails and letters I have received reflect this fact. As I wrote here last month, we remain committed to resolving issues with Aaron and want him to be our quarterback in 2021 and beyond. We are working to resolve the situation and realize that the less both sides say publicly, the better.
What’s really remarkable is that Murphy offered a vote of confidence to general manager Brian Gutekunst, who Rodgers is said to have a problem with. Murphy writes:
… I must tell you that I have enormous confidence in Brian Gutekunst. During his relatively short tenure as Managing Director, he completely turned the fortunes of our team upside down. He’s built a talented squad (last year we had the most players voted for the Pro Bowl) that is 28-8 in the past two years, following back-to-back losing seasons in 2017. and 2018, and played back-to-return NFC Championship games. In addition, he maintains an excellent working relationship with head coach Matt LaFleur. He and executive vice president / director of football operations Russ Ball smartly managed our salary cap and positioned us well for the future.
The feud between Rodgers and the Pack stems from an apparent lack of respect or a contract issue or something that no one seems quite certain about. Rodgers was not in OTAs – with his body of wide receivers – so the standoff between the two sides continues.
While veteran players who miss OTAs aren’t usually a big deal, there’s probably something more with Rodgers sitting down – Rodgers’ status for the mandatory minicamp is “in doubt” according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
While the status of #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is in doubt for the team’s mandatory minicamp this week, it looks like that will be the only issue to be addressed. His WRs who haven’t shown up for OTAs, including star Davante Adams, are either in town or expected in town.
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 7, 2021
Whatever the gap, it doesn’t look like the gap will be bridged anytime soon between Rodgers, the Packers and the fans.