Get What You Can for Rodgers

I’ve emerged from my daily eight hour darkness retreat to find the Packers still trying to come up with a deal with the Jets for Aaron Rodgers. My advice: take anything you can get and move on.

The YSDA Sports Bureau up on the 39th floor has put together the following observations on the Rodgers saga.

Something is better than nothing. The guy is 39, coming off the worst season of his career and is a handful to deal with. If the Pack can get the Jets’ second round pick this year and another player plus a pick in 2024 based on Rodgers’ performance (he does better, they do better) that would be really good. If they can’t work something out than Rodgers probably retires and they get nothing.

Why did the Packers squander their leverage? Rodgers says that the team had given him every indication that they wanted him back for another year. Then he emerged from the darkness to find they were shopping him around. Worse, CEO Mark Murphy said as much publicly. Well, now the Jets know that they have to get rid of him. It’s a fire sale. It would help if there was at least one more team in the hunt, but it seems it’s the Jets or bust.

I sort of get the retreat thing now. I’ve been quick to mock Rodgers’ retreat and his general Californianess, but what he had to say about all of the emails and messages waiting for him when he emerged from the forest reminded me of what it must be like to be Aaron Rodgers. When you’ve got that much coming at you, shutting down all the noise for awhile actually makes some sense.

Does Rodgers have a point about Green Bay management? He went on at some length about a list of star players that he feels the Packers did not treat well late in their careers. “It’s a business, but there’s a way to do things,” he said. Yeah, Rodgers is the prima donna of prima donnas, but GM Brian Gutekunst and Murphy do seem like bulls in a china shop. (See Murphy’s inexplicable public comments above.) And the china shop is becoming filled with ever more fragile pieces. Also, with one of the great quarterbacks of all time at the helm, why could’t the team pick up more than one Lombardi Trophy? Murphy is set to retire and that is probably a good thing. Gutekunst’s future is now entwined with that of Jordon Love.

Favre makes him look good. Whatever Rodgers does I’m pretty sure he’s not going to rip off poor people to build a fancy gym for his daughter.

Thanks for the memories. Weirdness and massive ego issues aside, Aaron Rodgers was fun and he was great. What were the chances that the Packers could have put two Hall of Fame quarterbacks together back-to-back? Were all those great seasons worth the turmoil at the end? You bet it was.


Published by dave cieslewicz

Madison/Upper Peninsula based writer. Mayor of Madison, WI from 2003 to 2011.

6 thoughts on “Get What You Can for Rodgers

  1. I heard on sports radio that when the Packers traded Brett Favre to the Jets in 2008 (when he was 39 as well) the Packers received only a 4th round pick in return.


  2. I appreciate all that Rodgers has done for the Packers. Many terrific memories. The drama was worth it. But for a terrible final 5 minutes against Seattle in the NFC Championship, Aaron would have been in a second Super Bowl. But, now it’s time to move on. He signed a three-year, $150 million contract and couldn’t be bothered to put in extra time with his new, young receiver corps. Then, he expressed frustration that the offense wasn’t in sync. With Murphy’s calculated comments last weekend, and Rodgers expressed intention to play for the Jets, the Packers have the leverage right now. The expectations that Aaron Rodgers will be a Jet are sky high. There is no way the Jets’ management can tell the fan base in New York that they just can’t agree on a deal. GB can wait this out to get the best deal for GB. This Packers Owner makes the following offer: The teams swap first round picks this year, (GB’s 15th for NYJ’s 13th) and GB gets the Jets’ second round pick this year (#43) and a conditional pick next year, depending on how well the Jets do. Get it done Gutekunst. But, take all the time you need. Time is on our side.


  3. back again, I am getting so darn blasted tired of all of this, the DIVA just wants HIS MONEY, and Gutey, plus the whole front office bent over for the DIVA. AND ALL OF US GOT THE SHAFT.


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