Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Matt Johnson | Last updated 5/9/21
A blockbuster Aaron Rodgers trade might be inevitable for the Green Bay Packers, with the reigning NFL MVP seemingly determined to play elsewhere for the upcoming 2021 NFL season.
All of this started on the night of the 2020 NFL Draft, when general manager Brian Gutekunst shocked the NFL world by trading up to the No. 26 pick to select Jordan Love. While it’s not unusual for teams to draft a potential heir for their aging quarterback, Gutekunst’s decision not to communicate with Rodgers about the pick and the team’s plans soured the relationship.
Feeling uncertain about his future with the franchise, Rodgers took it as a slight and responded with one of the best seasons in his legendary career. After posting a 48-5 TD-INT ratio and posting a league-best 121.5 passer rating, Rodgers helped Green Bay reach the NFC Championship Game and won his third MVP award shortly after.
The 37-year-old cast doubt on his future with the team shortly after the season-ending loss, but things might have been more certain behind the scenes. Rodgers asked for a contract extension, but Green Bay countered with a restructured deal. With the franchise unwilling to make a long-term commitment and the All-Pro not wanting to be a “lame duck” quarterback, talks broke off and Rodgers wanted out.
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