Report: Green Bay Packers Begin Exploring Options At QB Amid Rodgers Rift
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Green Bay Packers begun to explore their options regarding the quarterback position amid a rift between the organization and starter Aaron Rodgers, according to ESPN.
Reports of the strained relationships between the team and Rodgers surfaced before the start of the 2021 NFL Draft in late April.
Although it’s unclear whether Rodgers will remain with Green Bay, put in a trade request, or sit down next season, the Packers are reportedly looking into free agent quarterbacks to add to the team.
Aside from Rodgers, former Utah State standout Jordan Love is currently the only other quarterback on Green Bay’s roster.
“It’s unknown whether Rodgers, who has told some in the Packers organization that he no longer wants to play for the team, will attend the voluntary sessions when they turn to in-person work later this month,” NFL insider Adam Schefter wrote on ESPN.com. “He typically has been a regular participant in offseason programs and even has an offseason workout bonus ($500,000) tied to it.”
Green Bay’s head coach Matt LaFleur recently stated that he couldn’t fathom Rodgers not being with the franchise.
After the draft, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said the organization wasn’t trading Rodgers.
The Packers didn’t select a quarterback during the 2021 NFL Draft.
Love was selected by the Packers during the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He did not play in any games last season.
The former Utah State quarterback has been involved in the Rodgers/Packers situation since he was drafted over a year ago. LaFleur has talked to Love about the situation he’s in.
“I’ve talked to Jordan, and I told him, you know, there’s a lot of noise out there,” LaFleur said. “You can’t focus on that. You’ve got to focus on yourself. And I know you guys think it’s cliché, but he’s got to be the best version of him, and he’s got to do everything in his power to make sure he knows the expectations, the standards which we’ve developed at that position. I know he’s working hard.”