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Packers President: Situation With Aaron Rodgers ‘Divided Our Fan Base’

Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass against the Seattle Seahawks in the third quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 12, 2020 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy said that the tension between the organization and MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers has “divided” the team’s fan base.

Murphy wrote about Rodgers in a monthly article on the Packers’ website.

“The situation we face with Aaron Rodgers has divided our fan base,” Murphy wrote. “The emails and letters that I’ve received reflect this fact.”

Reports of Rodgers’ displeasure with the Packers first surfaced prior to the 2021 NFL Draft in April.

Since then, Green Bay has drafted its rookie class and opened its offseason workouts, all without Rodgers’ involvement.

The franchise quarterback and 2020 MVP, who has participated in the team’s offseason program, has yet to show up in Green Bay this offseason.

Tension between Rodgers and the Packers has been public knowledge since Green Bay drafted former Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in 2020.

Rodgers has spoken about Love on multiple occasions and said that his frustrations aren’t with the young QB, but the situation with the organization.

“I love Jordan; he’s a great kid [and we’ve had] a lot of fun to work together,” Rodgers recently said. “Love the coaching staff, love my teammates, love the fan base in Green Bay. An incredible 16 years. It’s just kind of about a philosophy and maybe forgetting that it is about the people that make the thing go. It’s about character, it’s about culture, it’s about doing things the right way.”

Murphy wrote that the team’s goal is to work things out with Rodgers.

“As I wrote here last month, we remain committed to resolving things with Aaron and want him to be our quarterback in 2021 and beyond,” Murphy wrote. “We are working to resolve the situation and realize that the less both sides say publicly, the better.”