Former NFL Player Says Aaron Rodgers Wants More Respect and Control, Compares Situation to Russell Wilson

Published 05/07/2021, 12:17 PM EDT
Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a pass in the first quarter during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


Aaron Rodgers is on the outs with the Green Bay Packers. The reigning league MVP is very unhappy with the franchise and has told them that he wants to leave.

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Years of being ignored when it comes to player recruitment have left Rodgers dissatisfied with the franchise. The Packers are doing their best to change his mind, but so far they haven’t been able to.

One former player believes that this situation is very similar to that of Russell Wilson. Former NFL player Bart Scott addressed the Aaron Rodgers situation. He believes that Rodgers isn’t looking for a more lucrative deal from the Packers.

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Rather, he wants more respect shown to him and a greater say in the direction of the franchise. He spoke about how Russell Wilson had similar demands from the Seattle Seahawks. For Rodgers, he needs more weapons in the offensive unit in order to find more success.

Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates his touchdown pass with wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) against the Los Angeles Rams during their NFL divisional playoff game Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK
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“He doesn’t want money, he wants control, he wants respect. The same thing that we saw Russell Wilson say, ‘Hey, if you guys want me to make the meal, let me buy some of the groceries. Let me tell you what I need to be successful’.

“And what he (Rodgers) needs to be successful is great receivers around him, and also the ability to have some control over the personnel. He doesn’t want to see Tom (Brady) going over and read ‘GM for Dummies’.” 

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Scott added that Rodgers has seen the influence that Tom Brady has with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and wants that with his team. The Packers have clearly not done that for him despite repeated requests, driving Rodgers to this decision. And given the prestige of a player like Rodgers, he will certainly get a greater say if he goes to a new team.

“He wants to say, ‘Hey, I want to be able to do it myself too. I want to be able to pick some of these pickings and play through the General Manager. You didn’t give me that respect, so let me move on’.

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“We know when great Hall of Fame quarterbacks go somewhere, they get all the power because they’re in the newly-wed phase. So they’re able to get more control, and dictate more things in other places.”

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Will Aaron Rodgers leave the Green Bay Packers? The two sides are not looking close to mending the fences right now. And the franchise seem adamant that they will not get rid of him. But if Rodgers digs in, they may not have much choice.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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