The Packers front office has stayed relatively quiet over how they plan to deal with the Aaron Rodgers fiasco, but according to team president Mark Murphy, the fan base is divided.
“The situation we face with Aaron Rodgers has divided our fan base. The emails and letters that I’ve received reflect this fact. As I wrote here last month, we remain committed to resolving thing with Aaron and want him to be our quarterback in 2021 and beyond. We are working to resolve the situation and realize that the less both sides say publicly, the better.”
Packers’ president Mark Murphy said the Aaron Rodgers’ situation has divided fans.https://t.co/Cf5od0Ogwv— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 5, 2021
Rodgers, 37, divided the fan base, as Murphy puts it, by telling the team back in April that he no longer wanted to play for them. He then doubled-down on the statement in an interview the following month on SportsCenter.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Packers head coach Matt LeFleur and team president Mark Murphy visited Rodgers to convince him to stay — to no avail.
Should Rodgers be dealt?
This message from a team’s president means one thing: we’re doing everything we can and half the fan base wants us to move him anyway. If half the fan base can’t stand Rodgers and Rodgers himself is unwilling to fix the relationship, then maybe they should deal him? Yes, the eight-time pro bowler is under contract, but is it worth it to force the unhappy employee of the month into working for you? Probably not, right?
Whenever a franchise’s best player insists on leaving, tensions will always be high. Many fans feel the organization is bigger than any player, but there’s always going to be the perspective that players win championships.
Look no further than Tom Brady setting sail for Tampa Bay and leading an organization from habitual mediocrity to Super Bowl champions. Aaron Rodgers, players around the league, and now some angry fans, probably agree Rodgers can do the same. That message is going to tick off fans, so it remains to be seen how Mark Murphy handles this going forward. Sounds like he’s saying they’ve done all they could.