It was no secret Aaron Rodgers numbers declined during his last season with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers dealt with a hand injury during most of the season, but he struggled before sustaining the injury against the New York Giants in London. The Packers chose to move on from Rodgers this offseason after his 2022 performance and traded the legendary quarterback to the New York Jets. A recent report on Rodgers during OTAs might give the Packers’ front office some heartburn.
The Green Bay Packers receive a statement on Aaron Rodgers
Jets offensive lineman and former Packers player Billy Turner was on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio. According to DJ Burns’ translation with The Comeback, Turner said the Packers were unaware of how good Rodgers still is:
“The dude just shows up to work, and he’s just so [freaking] happy right now,” Turner said. “It’s very cool to witness and see because it doesn’t matter how long you’re in this profession; it’s the type of profession where regardless of how long you spend in it, you can always experience something new. And he’s experiencing something new for the first time in his career, and it’s cool to be part of and watch.”
Turner said the Packers made a mistake by dealing Rodgers.
“I don’t think the Green Bay Packers realized and understood what he had left in the tank,” Turner said. “He has everything left in the tank.”
We’ll see how the Jets feel about Rodgers in the fall. He could have a lot of energy after the trade. But Rodgers motivation could quickly dissipate if the Jets face early adversity. The Packers and Jets haggled for weeks deciding on the value for the Rodgers trade to go through. Hopefully, the Packers’ front office was able to able to get enough in return for the four-time NFL MVP.
The Packers were planning to move on
Regardless of Rodgers’ skills this offseason, the Packers seemed like they were moving on before the quarterback went into his darkness retreat. The offense was starting to look stale, and the team needed to give former first-round pick Jordan Love an opportunity. Rodgers and the Packers needed a fresh start after being together since 2005. Now the Jets could benefit from having a motivated Rodgers in New York.
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