Aaron Rodgers has not made a decision yet on whether or not he wants to play in the NFL in 2023. Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers are stuck waiting for his decision to move forward with whatever plan they have in place for next season. One has to assume that they have a plan for the team with Rodgers in 2023 as well as a plan for if he decides to retire or wants to be traded. In other words, the Packers will not really do anything until Rodgers informs the team of what his decision is. For this reason, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic claimed that it was Aaron Rodgers, not Brian Gutekunst, who runs the Packers organization.
Is Aaron Rodgers Holding the Franchise Hostage?
Of course, the Packers have to know if Aaron Rodgers will return in 2023 before they move forward with their offseason. Rodgers’ presence on the roster will affect salary cap space and determine what kinds of players Green Bay chooses to pursue in the offseason. Perhaps more importantly, his decision directly affects the future of Jordan Love with the Packers. Schneidman and Kuhn discussed how Love would be well within his rights to request a trade if he is not named the starter next season. During this discussion, Schneidman had this to say about Rodgers’ power in the organization:
“Listen, I’ve said on my podcast with Bill Huber that the person who runs things over at 1265 is Aaron Rodgers. Not Brian Gutekunst. Not Mark Murphy. Not Matt LaFleur. It’s Aaron Rodgers. To put it in laymen’s’ terms, he has a chokehold around the organization. Whether or not you think he deserves to have all that power is a conversation for another day.
“I said this when they lost to the Eagles, and Rodgers had those bruised ribs: I don’t think anyone in that building has the stones to tell Rodgers that he’s benched if he’s healthy enough to play when discussing potentially getting a look at Jordan Love in potentially meaningless games down the stretch. I don’t think anyone has the stones to tell Rodgers that they’re moving on from him if he still has MVP years left in him, which he clearly thinks he does.
“So yeah, I could definitely see if Aaron wants to play here, he’s playing until he retires. If he doesn’t want to play here, then he’s not playing. But I have a hard time seeing a scenario, and maybe it’s just me, where Rodgers says he wants to play for the Packers and the Packers don’t make it happen.”
At Least Brett Favre Retired First
John Kuhn, Brian Butch, and Schneidman discussed how Brett Favre retired, at first, so that the Packers could move onto Aaron Rodgers. When Favre decided he wanted to come back, though, the organization traded him to the New York Jets. Former general manager Ted Thompson received a great deal of criticism from fans at the time, but he stood up to Favre and put the future of the team that he believed in ahead of an individual player. As Schneidman stated, there may not be anyone in the organization right now that is willing to have a similar conversation with Aaron Rodgers.
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Nope. The Packers can move on to Love and forget about A Ron until he commits.