The Green Bay Packers are ‘disgusted’ and ‘done’ with multi-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, according to longtime Packers reporter Bob McGinn.
McGinn – who covered the Packers for close to 40 years with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and Green Bay Press-Gazette before his retirement in 2017 – was speaking on a podcast for GoLongTD.com when he said his ‘instincts’ have him believing the Packers are preparing to part ways with their longtime signal caller.
‘As of right now, I’m convinced — based on my own instincts and knowing the NFL and knowing what happens after all these defeats and discussions with someone who has firsthand knowledge of this organization, of the Packers’ internal debates — that they are done with Rodgers,’ McGinn said.
‘That’s the way it is right now, that he’s not coming back. They’re disgusted with him and they’re done with him and they’re moving on. This is going to involve money and a trade partner and all kinds of things.
‘I’m totally convinced he is not going to be their starting quarterback this year. On the other hand, they love Jordan Love. They think he’s the second coming now.
A Packers writer of 40 years believes Green Bay is ‘disgusted’ and ‘done’ with Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers has been most connected with moves to the New York Jets and Las Vegas Raiders
‘They’ve seen enough in practice for three years, that they believe he is like Rodgers 2.0. That’s where this organization is coming from right now.
‘They have turned the page, just like they did to Favre in June and July, those months in the summer of 2008 and I don’t see it changing.’
Rodgers has been the talk of rampant trade speculation as many expect him to be pulling on a new uniform if he decides to continue playing in the NFL next season.
He has most heavily been liked with trades to either the New York Jets or the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Jets, who not only appear to be a quarterback away from making a serious playoff run, also just hired Nathaniel Hackett.
Before his absolute trainwreck of a tenure as Denver Broncos head coach that saw him fired before the end of his first season, Hackett spent three years as offensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers and coached Rodgers to the best statistical seasons of his legendary career.
Las Vegas, on the other hand, has seen superstar wide out Davante Adams already begin recruiting Rodgers after the two formed one of the NFL’s most potent duos while playing together in Green Bay.
The Jets hired Nathaniel Hackett – who is close with Rodgers – as the new offensive coordinator
WHAT IS A DARKNESS RETREAT?
According to the website Hermitage Retreat – it is not known if that is the company Rodgers has gone with – a darkness retreat is ‘an unparalleled experience in intense seclusion, in which the practitioner is deprived of all light and sensory distractions, and thus plunges into a deep witnessing awareness of the mind, and eventually experiences the perception of the inner light of pure consciousness.
’Retreating in complete darkness is a practice common to many of the ancient and contemporary spiritual traditions across the world.
‘From the monks and lamas in Tibet, to the Kogi Mamos in Colombia; the ancient Egyptians and the mystics of 15th Century France, Dark Retreats have provided revelation and illumination to countless practitioners who have sought the inner light.’
Each request is considered individually to participate in a darkness request. Participants get two vegan meals per day.
Rodgers is about to head on a four-day ‘darkness retreat’ this weekend, and during which he is expected to decide his future.
There is always the chance he chooses to remain in Green Bay but as McGinn alluded to he does not believe that is a viable option.
‘Even if Rodgers comes back to collect that $59million, I think he’s the backup,’ McGinn continued.
‘He could try to ruin the whole operation. But he knows that’s not going to happen and he’s going to accept a trade somewhere. He knows he can’t live with that, with the Packers’ fans and everybody. It’s Love’s turn.
‘The organization’s going that way. And that’s the way it is. This is everybody, I’m told. This is [team president Mark] Murphy. This is [head coach Matt] LaFleur. This is [GM Brian] Gutekunst. This is the whole shooting match.
‘They’ve turned the page. They don’t see Rodgers as a guy who’s really working hard anymore. They see a guy who — when he reported this year — his body wasn’t so-called “tight” and strong as it was. They see a guy who blew off the offseason last year. … They’re done. It’s a hard guy to be done with.’
McGinn’s comments, however, oppose what the Packers brass have said publicly.
‘We made a really big commitment to him last offseason, so I think as we did that, it wasn’t certainly for just this year,’ Gutekunst said in January, referring to an extension Rodgers signed a year ago that ties him to the Packers through 2026.
Last week, team president Mark Murphy also told ESPN’s Dianna Russini that the ball is in Rodgers’ court on if he wants to return to the Packers, and that the team was hoping for a decision by the start of free agency in March.
Former teammate Davante Adams has been recruiting Rodgers to join him on the Raiders
Rodgers is expected to decide if and where he wishes to keep playing on his ‘darkness retreat’
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