Rodgers spells out issues with Packers' front office
"It's about character, it's about culture, it's about doing things the right way," the quarterback told ESPN.
Aaron Rodgers' problems with the Green Bay Packers aren't about the team's decision to draft quarterback Jordan Love as his heir apparent last year.
That was the message from the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player in an interview Monday, May 24, on ESPN.
Rodgers, 37, spoke on the same day that he was a no-show as the Packers began Phase 3 of their offseason organized team activities.
Rodgers and the team are locked in a simmering standoff, with the quarterback reportedly having told the Packers he will not play for them next season.
"With my situation, look it's never been about the draft pick, picking Jordan," Rodgers said on ESPN. "I love Jordan; he's a great kid. (We've had) a lot of fun to work together. 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."
Green Bay team president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst have vowed that they won't part with Rodgers.
"A lot of this (drama) was put in motion last year, and the wrench was just kind of thrown into it when I won MVP and played the way I played last year," Rodgers said on ESPN. "This is just kind of, I think, a spill-out of all that. But it is about the people, and that's the most important thing.
"Green Bay has always been about the people — from Curly Lambeau being owner and founder to the '60s with (Vince) Lombardi and Bart Starr and all those incredible names to the '90s teams with coach (Mike) Holmgren and Favrey (Brett Favre) and the Minister of Defense (Reggie White) to the run that we've been on. It's about the people. ...
"I've been fortunate enough to play with a number of amazing, amazing people and got to work for some amazing people as well. It's those people that build foundation of those entities. I think sometimes we forget that."
Rodgers did not attend either of the first two phases of this offseason program but previously had been a regular attendee in offseason workouts in Wisconsin.
If Rodgers continues to stay away from the team into training camp in July, he can be fined up to $50,000 daily.
The overarching issue between Gutekunst and Rodgers came to the surface prior to the 2021 NFL Draft, but underlying friction has existed since the Packers selected Love in the first round of the 2020 draft.
Rodgers reportedly was approached about a pay cut and suggested a trade instead.
Per multiple reports, a number of members of management and head coach Matt LaFleur have taken trips to meet with Rodgers in person.
At rookie minicamp following the draft, LaFleur said again the Packers wanted Rodgers to return "in the worst way."