Sport Tuesday Cheese Curds: Packers willing to extend Rodgers; draft picks’ connections abound
Aaron Rodgers timeline: A series of events that led to Packers rift, ignited trade rumors
Aaron Rodgers is one of the baddest men in the NFL, and now he's stuck in a situation that he may not be able to wiggle out of.While the match between one of the NFL's baddest men and one of the league's most storied franchises has been one made in heaven, the schism between the franchise and the player has seemingly sent the relationship to hell.
It’s not the only frustration that Aaron Rodgers has with the, but it certainly sounds like the Packers are committed to bringing Rodgers back as their starting quarterback for the long term.
For the first time since the news broke about Rodgers’ displeasure on Thursday, general manager Brian Gutekunst has addressed head-on the contract situation and the team’s plans for Rodgers. He did so in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, making no bones about the fact that the Packers are willing to and want to give Rodgers a full-blown contract extension.
Adam Schefter makes surprising admission about bombshell Aaron Rodgers story
Some fans are angry over Schefter’s admission, as they believe it was inappropriate for him to steal the spotlight just hours before the draft. Schefter also contradicted himself a bit. As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk notes, Schefter’s initial tweet and ensuing ESPN story about Rodgers specifically said “league and team sources told ESPN on Thursday.” That doesn’t mesh with what Schefter told Patrick.If Schefter knew definitively weeks ago that Rodgers wants out of Green Bay, it would be awfully risky for him to sit on such a huge story.
If they do that and give him true market value, that should allay any worries that Rodgers has about the team’s commitment to him as their quarterback for the next several years. A new deal of that sort would likely lock the Packers in with him under center for at least three more seasons, giving him the security that he seems to desperately want.
However, that is hardly the only issue with the relationship between the two sides, as Monday’s reporting indicates. The report about Jake Kumerow’s release being a last straw for Rodgers illustrates the frustration that has been building within Rodgers about his opinions not being heard — or perhaps more accurately not being considered — on issues involving team personnel. It does make some sense to listen to your Hall of Fame quarterback when a receiving corps is being evaluated; after all, few people will know those players better than the man throwing the football to them. But what’s done is done, and now it’s up to both sides to try to fix the relationship between now and August.
New England Patriots draft picks 2021: Round-by-round selections
Here is a 2021 NFL draft pick-by-pick breakdown for the New England Patriots.Round 1 (No. 15 overall) - Mac Jones, QB, Alabama: A national champion passer falls to the six-time Super Bowl champions. Well neither is currently a fair comparison, Jones is far closer to the Tom Brady mold than the Cam Newton mold for a team in need of a long-term successor post-TB12. Pats coach Bill Belichick surely did his homework on Jones, who played for his close friend Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa. Now it will be worth monitoring how New England designs an offense that's conducive to both Jones' abilities and Newton's.
As for the draft itself, there are numerous connections to draw between the team and its 2021 draft picks. The potential continuity from onecenter (Corey Linsley) to another in Josh Myers is among them, but there are far more tangible connections to draw and relationships to highlight. We’ll do that as well in today’s curds.
The Bears' move for Fields is a headlining story here, but more important to Packers fans right now are Brian Gutekunst's comments about the Rodgers situation. Gutekunst said that the team is absolutely willing to give Rodgers a full extension at market value -- which would be a massive contract -- and he remains optimistic that the two sides can find common ground for Rodgers to return.
Agent's Take: How the Packers can repair Aaron Rodgers situation to his liking without a trade
Is there a path for Green Bay to mend fences with its star QB? Let's take a lookThere have been different accounts of what would placate Rodgers. Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reported Rodgers won't play for the Packers as long as Gutekunst remains general manager. According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Athlete First's David Dunn, Rodgers' agent, has had contract discussions in Green Bay with the Packers' brass over the last month. The Packers were interested in restructuring Rodgers' contract, while he wanted a contract extension.
Both of the Packers' final two draft picks have college teammates on the roster. For McDuffie, it's running back AJ Dillon, who was a frequent combatant in practice. Meanwhile, Hill ran behind Elgton Jenkins for two seasons; he also played for QBs coach Luke Getsy for the latter's one year as offensive coordinator in Starkville.
Rodgers' Packers connection is through a former player, Randall Cobb, who is both a family friend through Martin and a frequent comparison for the rookie.
From Eric Stokes' speed to Kylin Hill's tackle-breaking ability, there are things to like about every one of the newest Packers.
Who knew that the skills to tell a croissant from a donut would also apply to cancer diagnoses?
Brett Favre Weighs In On Aaron Rodgers Situation .
The Green Bay Packers have had the luxury of having a true elite franchise quarterback since Brett Favre entered the starting lineup in 1992. On the other side of that coin, it looks like they may be heading for a second straight ugly breakup with a legendary quarterback, with the ongoing Aaron Rodgers situation. Just […] The post Brett Favre Weighs In On Aaron Rodgers Situation appeared first on The Spun.