Packers say they will not let Rodgers scenario distract them

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ teammates say the MVP’s unsure standing gained’t distract them of their offseason preparations

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ teammates say the MVP’s unsure standing gained’t distract them of their offseason preparations.

Rodgers hasn’t been current for organized staff actions this week following an ESPN report final month that he doesn’t wish to return to Inexperienced Bay. Rodgers was noncommittal about his future in an ESPN interview Monday evening.

“I don’t assume it’s going to be that a lot of a distraction,” defensive sort out Kenny Clark stated Tuesday. “We’ve received to manage what we are able to management as a staff, and we’ve simply to come back out, observe, deal with enterprise and play ball. You already know, we’ve received to go away that scenario to the group and Aaron.”

Rodgers wasn’t the one notable Packer lacking from Tuesday’s OTA session. Most of his receivers additionally weren’t there, together with All-Professional Davante Adams.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur stated he didn’t know whether or not it may need been a coordinated effort by the receivers to remain away.

“I’ve had particular person conversations with every man, however by no means as soon as has that come up,” LaFleur stated.

The NFL Gamers’ Affiliation has suggested gamers in opposition to attending voluntary exercises whereas citing the dangers inherent amid the pandemic.

Though Rodgers wasn’t round, he nonetheless dominated discussions as Packers gamers spoke to reporters Tuesday. Most of the questions centered on the problems Rodgers addressed within the interview that ESPN aired Monday evening.

“Love the teaching workers, love my teammates, love the fan base in Inexperienced Bay,” Rodgers stated within the interview. “An unbelievable 16 years. It’s simply type of a few philosophy and perhaps forgetting that it’s in regards to the those that make the factor go. It’s about character, it’s about tradition, it’s about doing issues the fitting manner.

“A variety of this was put in movement final 12 months and the wrench was simply type of thrown into it after I gained MVP and performed the way in which I performed final 12 months. That is simply type of, I believe, a spill-out of all that. However it’s in regards to the folks, and that’s an important factor.”

Rodgers went on to reference Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, Brett Favre, Reggie White and Mike Holmgren whereas speaking about how “Inexperienced Bay has all the time been in regards to the folks.”

LaFleur declined to touch upon the problems Rodgers addressed whereas reiterating his hopes to have the three-time MVP again this fall. Normal supervisor Brian Gutekunst has stated he has no plans to commerce Rodgers, who has three years remaining on his contract.

Security Adrian Amos was cautiously optimistic that Rodgers will stay with the Packers.

“I haven’t heard him say something aside from that, so I anticipate him to be (again),” Amos stated. “However like I stated, I’m not going to go house and cry if one thing else occurs. I’m simply taking part in it day-to-day. However after all, you need one of many best, if not the best, quarterback ever in your staff. You need him out right here. However everyone has to go about their enterprise. I’m not going to knock anyone for getting what they really feel like they deserve.”

Working again Aaron Jones signed a four-year, $48 million contract to stay with the Packers lower than two months earlier than the information broke relating to Rodgers’ disenchantment. Jones stated he hadn’t spoken with Rodgers beforehand in regards to the quarterback’s points with the group, however added that it probably wouldn’t have impacted his choice to signal a long-term deal.

“That is house,” Jones stated. “That is the place I like to be. I really like the coaches, my teammates, the neighborhood, the system — all the pieces. I really feel like that is the place I nonetheless would have been.

“As soon as I signed, we communicated. He advised me congratulations. He was joyful for me.”

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