The Green Bay Packers are in the midst of a memorable offseason. Aaron Rodgers is going to be traded to the New York Jets after announcing his decision on The Pat McAfee Show. During his appearance, he also took some shots at Brian Gutekunst and the Packers’ front office for the way they treated him this offseason. In the past, the organization has shied away from responding to comments made about them by players. However, Gutekunst was very blunt about Rodgers’ comments when asked about them at the NFL owners’ meeting. His response drew several interesting reactions, including a well-thought out one from former Packers fullback John Kuhn.
Aaron Rodgers Said the Green Bay Packers “Changed Their Minds”
By now, the whole NFL world is well-aware of the allegations that Rodgers brought against the Packers organization on The Pat McAfee Show. In short, Rodgers said that he had a good conversation with the front office, but was 90% leaning towards retirement when he started his darkness retreat. When he emerged, “something changed, and I don’t know what it was,” is the explanation he gave on the show.
Rodgers went on to say that he wished they had been up front with him about their plans, that he would have appreciated their honesty. He did say that he feels nothing but love for the fans and the team, but constantly threw the organization under the bus when discussing them and his decision.
Brian Gutekunst Refuted What Aaron Rodgers Said
As mentioned previously, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst did not hold back when asked about Rodgers’ comments. He called them, “absolutely not true” in an uncharacteristic display of standing up to the future Hall of Famer. Gutekunst revealed that he had attempted to have conversations with Rodgers regarding the direction of the team in 2023, but his attempts went unanswered. “I had to do my job,” he said of the uncertainty surrounding Rodgers’ decision.
Former Green Bay Packers Fullback John Kuhn’s Interesting Take
“It is going to be wild to see exactly when this trade takes place and for what assets. Because I feel the Jets have the leverage pre-draft. I feel, now this is just the way I feel, if the Packers make a trade before this year’s draft, they’re going to get less in compensation for Aaron Rodgers. It will be a tell-tale sign that they just want this whole saga to be behind them.
“If they make this trade after the draft and before June 1, it tells me ‘Hey, they were ready to put this whole thing behind them, but they wanted still to get the best assets that they possibly could.’ And if they let this thing play out into the summer months, that means Brian Gutekunst was playing absolute hardball with the Jets, trying to put them between a rock and a hard place.”
This is a very interesting take because virtually no one is talking about it. Everyone else seems to be sold on the idea that the Packers will settle for the best possible deal they can get in this year’s draft. However, if they can get better compensation for 2024, it could very well happen that they play hardball and wait.
Now, it should be noted that Kuhn made this comment before the report came out that the Packers and Jets were close to an agreement that included a second round pick this year. That being said, Gutekunst could still drag this out in order to get his team the best possible return.