Aaron Rodgers speaks out about offseason standoff

Aaron Rodgers spoke to the media for the first time at Packers Training Camp. He addressed his offseason standoff with the team.

Posted: Jul 28, 2021 6:43 PM
Updated: Jul 29, 2021 9:17 AM

GREEN BAY, Wisc. - Aaron Rodgers spoke out about his offseason standoff with the Packers. 

The Chico native addressed the media at training camp for the first time. 

Rodgers detailed the timeline of various discussions he had with the team, starting in Feb. One of his biggest topics was having a say in team personnel.

"I just expressed my desire to be more involved in conversations directly affecting my job," he said. "I wanted to help the organization learn from some of the mistakes in the past. The way some of the outgoing vets were treated."

Rodgers listed nearly a dozen players, like Julius Peppers and Randall Cobb, who he thought were disrespected by the team. He considered them good players on and off the field. 

Another issue for Rodgers was his future with the team after the 2021-2022 season. He emphasized that he didn't want to be a lame-duck quarterback. 

In April, reports started to swirl that Rodgers didn't want to return to the Packers this season. 

Rodgers skipped the entire offseason program, including organized team activities back in May. 

Last year's MVP also admitted he considered retirement. 

"I was really working on myself and my own mental state throughout the summer," Rodgers said. "At various points deciding if I even wanted to keep playing. But the fire still burns. I want to be on a football team. We got some things figured out over the last few days and I'm here."

Rodgers and Green Bay have reportedly come to an agreement in which the team offered him several concessions. The deal hasn't been finalized yet. 

This morning the Packers announced they're trading a 2022 sixth-round draft pick to the Texans to acquire Randall Cobb. The wide receiver was one of Rodgers' go-to's for eight seasons in Green Bay.

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