The Green Bay Packers organization came under fire this week after Aaron Rodgers’ appearance on The Pat McAfee Show. Rodgers and McAfee were critical of the way Brian Gutekunst and the front office have treated the four-time MVP this offseason, comparing it to how they have treated other veterans in the past. One of these former players, two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings, agreed with much of what Rodgers said in a video that he posted on The 33rd Team.
Former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Greg Jennings Agreed with Aaron Rodgers
Greg Jennings has oftentimes made waves among Packers fans with his criticism of the organization since he was not brought back following the 2012 season. In his video that he posted this week, his message was clear: “This is who the Green Bay Packers are.” But what was most surprising, especially coming from him, was that he agreed with the Packers’ front office.
"He mentioned the front office… This is who the Green Bay Packers are. He's exactly right."@GregJennings, Aaron Rodgers' former teammate, on Rodgers' comments, Green Bay's front office and the new chip on the QB's shoulder pic.twitter.com/KeORBXsyLs
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“He mentioned the front office, and the front office not wanting him back. Basically, understanding how the Packers organization operates, I have all-too-well understood this and experienced it in my own career. This is who the Green Bay Packers are. He’s exactly right. You get older and they try to get rid of you prior to you kind of being a liability to them.
“More often than not, they are right! They’re doing things to insure or to ensure that the organization continues to progress, continues to operate under the idea of ‘We’re going to continue to retool, never are we going to have to rebuild; but we’re going to continue to retool while we have the opportunity.’
“Well in this case, Aaron Rodgers, obviously, quarterback, you acquired Jordan Love, yes I agree with them. If it had not been for the back-to-back MVP’s, this would have been accelerated. And again, his feelings, his experience of what he felt throughout that season, it goes both ways.
“That’s one thing I’ve learned in relationships: it’s never one-sided. The same way he probably felt, the vibe he was getting from the Packers and them potentially wanting to move on from him after this season, they probably felt a lot of that from him the last few seasons. Like, we’re unsure, we’re uncertain. Both sides have to cover themselves.
“And one thing about Aaron Rodgers having the sentiment or feeling the way he felt, feels about the Green Bay Packers, about them not wanting him back and him saying all the right things about ‘I understand it’s a business:’ We all understand it’s a business!
“However, he goes and walks away saying ‘I love you. I appreciate my time, but I will never forget. You went and picked another guy.’ I don’t care that this is a business. There will be a chip on his shoulder as he plays.”
Now, I don’t know about you, but I was shocked to hear Jennings say, “More often than not, they are right” when referring to the front office’s oftentimes unpopular decisions to move on from fan-favorite veteran players. It was also interesting that, multiple times, Jennings pointed out how this is a two-way street. Rodgers may have some feelings about how the Packers approached this offseason, but the front office has been getting non-committal vibes from Rodgers for the past two years. If Rodgers is free to feel the way he does, to do things his way, well, so are the Packers.