Packers CEO On Aaron Rodgers’ Future: ‘We’re Not Idiots’

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Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy asked the media to stop with the nonsense already. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t going anywhere.

“We’re not idiots,” Murphy said on Green Bay’s WNFL radio, via ProFootballTalk. “Aaron Rodgers will be back. He’s our leader.”

Murphy likely felt the need to address this topic after some comments from Rodgers seemed to leave his future in Green Bay in question. Rodgers made the comments following the Packers’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Sunday’s NFC Championship game.

“A lot of guys’ futures that are, you know, uncertain, myself included,” Rodgers said. “That’s what’s sad about it most. … Just the uncertainties are tough and the finality of it all.”

When asked how the Packers would proceed, Rodgers was vague.

“I don’t know, I really don’t,” he said. “There’s a lot of unknowns going into this offseason now. And I’m going to have to take some time away for sure and clear my head and just kind of see what’s going on with everything. But it’s pretty tough right now, especially thinking about the guys that may or may not be here next year. There’s always change. That’s the only constant in this business.”

Rodgers, 37, is under contract through the 2023 season. It’s hard to envision him playing anywhere else — but we also once said the same about Tom Brady. Still, the Packers are thisclose to contending for a Super Bowl. This is no time to panic or move on from the greatest hope they have. And the Packers’ CEO made it pretty clear that they don’t plan to.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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    • Did you watch the game or are you reading ESPN click-bait? 4th and 8 needing a TD and the 2 pt conversion to tie…and then their D would have had to keep Brady from getting into FG range with 2+ minutes on the clock. C’mon, this game was over when the Bucs got an inexcusable TD at the end of the first half and then Jones fumbles deep in GB territory at the start of the 3rd quarter leading to another Bucs game…14 point swing, that was the ball game…not a theoretical desperations 4th and 8 + 2 pt conversion just to TIE. Lafluer took the FG, knowing that no matter what they’d have to get a defensive stop to try to win (and Rodgers botched the first 3 plays having goal to go at the 8), which they almost did until the refs decided to start calling PI. Even if they got the ball back, no guarantee they score, but they would been in a spot to WIN the game with a TD.

        • You’d rather be down 8 than 5? If needing a TD either way and needing a defensive stop either way, wouldn’t it be better to be down 5 and then the TD would win the game? Seems like simple math.

      • You don’t get the essence of the matter…a field goal does nothing there except concede the fact you don’t think your offense can get the score. I’d rather go for the TD from inside the end zone and let the chips fall where they may rather than that sequence.

        • Everyone is acting like it was a given they’d convert on 4th and 8 and get the 2 pts and stop Brady from getting into FG range…the essence of the matter is the game was decided well before that.

  1. Hey Sam,
    If anybody has leverage, surely Rodgers can look Packers management in the eye and laugh when they talk about “he’s their leader”. The Pack has been almost as bad in the NFL Draft as the Patriots have been under Belichick; no impact players, wrong position draftees, even not taking the best player available.
    Cap space is the 800 lb. dilemma in the room, but the current $37MIL becomes $31MIL (saving $6MIL) and the dead money can be written off over two years. And if he and management can agree on a team, I’m sure that team will be paying a hefty price if GB asks for $$$.
    New Orleans, Carolina (new owner-one of the wealthiest in NFL), New England (you know Kraft regrets letting Tommy go-2nd most valuable franchise), LA Rams (wealthy owners-4th most valuable franchise), San Fran (NoCal boy comes home-5th most valuable franchise).
    If the NFL Board thinks about it, one of their most valuable on-field assets has been wasted and depreciated in rural Wisconsin. Time to bring him in from the cold.

    • Not sure I agree with you Sam re the Packers recent drafts – impact players such as Kenny Clark, J. Alexander, Aaron Jones, J Williams, D Adams, E. Jenkins, Savage, Gary, etc…and then Gutey broke the bank on Z Smith, P Smith and Amos, which shows a commitment to trying to win now. I’m not sure what else they could have done to be honest that would have made a difference. They’re 28-6 over the past 2 years…of course, the NFC Championship losses have been disappointing, but this isn’t the Browns or Lions you’re talking about. Rodgers hold some of the blame for these failures, he didn’t play well vs SF last year and he couldn’t move the team down the field after back-to-back Brady INTs in the 4th quarter, which he has to do to win big games. But Rodgers isn’t going anywhere, either he plays in GB next year or he’ll have to retire.

  2. I think the difference maker against Tampa Bay was the injuries to the Packers o line. Losing Bakhtiari at LT left a gigantic vulnerability that TB exploited over and over. Bakhtiari doesn’t allow those pressures. Wagner was playing hurt on the other side. If Green Bay didn’t lose their LT I think they win that game, it was that devastating. They are really close to a Super Bowl so I wouldn’t change anything. They’re literally one healthy player away.

    • Agree, losing D-Bak hurt, which was evidenced by the 5 sacks on Rodgers…big mistake for Rodgers/LaFluer to not rely on the run game more to keep the pass rush at bay. Even with Jones hurt, Williams and Dillon were effective, but they just got away from it.

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