Will Aaron Rodgers commit to playing for the Green Bay Packers next season or will he ask to be traded elsewhere for a fresh start? That’s the question on the mind of every Packers fan and, while it sounds like we’ll get an answer soon, that answer will not come today.
Thursday, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that Aaron Rodgers is hoping to make $50 million per year, which would make him the highest-paid player in the NFL. Russini also said that Rodgers is looking to make his decision “soon.”
That demand caught the attention of former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings, who stopped by First Things First on FS1 to share his thoughts on Rodgers and the situation. He did not hold back.
"Aaron Rodgers has been a very selfish guy. … I go back to personal experiences. His words to me were, 'don't be that guy.' All of a sudden, it's about the money."
— @GregJennings on reports that Rodgers wants to be NFL's highest-paid player: pic.twitter.com/UWYIoNZVUR
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) February 25, 2022
“People change, but some things never do. Aaron Rodgers has been a very selfish guy,” Jennings said. “I get it, he’s at the end of his career and is trying to take whatever he can take. But you can’t do that and want to win. How are you going to try to win? Guys got to look out for themselves, but in doing so you cut out the legs of others. At the quarterback position, you cut out more than just a pair of legs.”
Jennings also implied Rodgers is a hypocrite based on a discussion they once had about his own contract negotiations.
“His words to me were, ‘Don’t be that guy. Don’t sign this contract and then want more money,'” said Jennings. “Now, all of a sudden, you forget those words that you have poured out and tried to invest into others. You can’t do those types of things.”
Packers fans love to get mad at Greg Jennings, but he’s right about the disconnect between Rodgers wanting 50M and wanting to keep key guys like Adams. https://t.co/D7sjWnu9zW
— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) February 25, 2022
Meanwhile, Rodgers’ favorite interviewer Pat McAfee saw the reports and the comments and decided to reach out directly and find out if there was truth to them.
Narratives have gone unchecked for a very LONG time.. I reached AHT to @AaronRodgers12 this morning & asked if he wants to be the highest paid NFL player by a large margin…
"categorically false" was his response#PMSLive pic.twitter.com/OkjJPpoKew
— 🅿️at McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 25, 2022
“Categorically false,” Rodgers said, per McAfee.
Of course, Rodgers telling McAfee that doesn’t mean it’s not true any more than the report is certainly true. Who knows what’s happening behind the scenes. We’ll find out soon enough as the Packers have a lot of work to do on their salary cap.
Rodgers seemed like he was making an announcement earlier this week following some cryptic Instagram posts but he later said any speculation from them was taken out of context.
If not sooner, we’ll surely hear more about all of this when Rodgers is back on McAfee’s show next Tuesday.