‘Don’t Want to Pay Anybody’ – Pat McAfee Lashes Out at Green Bay Packers

Published 04/12/2021, 4:21 PM EDT
Oct 25, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates with wide receiver Davante Adams (17) after a touchdown during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


Green Bay Packers raised eyebrows last year when they traded up to draft Utah State starlet, Jordan Love, last year. They were allegedly starting to prepare for life after their franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers. However, he had other plans.

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The veteran NFL star threw for 4,299 yards with a momentous 48 passing TDs as the Packers bagged the NFC North crown with a 13-3 record. Rodgers also beat Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, and Derrick Henry, to the league MVP title This was his third MVP win, his first one in 6 years.

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

The California-born athlete turned back the clock with some magnificent plays as Green Bay marched their way to the NFC Championship game. But their campaign came to an abrupt halt as Tom Brady-led Buccaneers secured a narrow 26-31 win at Lambeau Field.

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What next for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers?

A major criticism directed towards the Green Bay Packers in the last decade was their unwillingness to invest in major talent. Teams across the league spent big in order to bolster their ranks through blockbuster trades and big-name free agent signings. But the Packers chose to do otherwise.

That’s exactly what former Indianapolis Colts-kicker-turned analyst, Pat McAfee, spoke about on the latest segment of his Youtube show.

He said, “They’re telling people we can’t pay because we have to pay Aaron Rodgers which is interesting, because, before Aaron Rodgers big contract, they paid $181 million dollars in free agency from 2011 to 2017. Over 39 players. That’s number 32 in the NFL league average is $437 million. Okay, so that’s 4x right there. And then the number one team the Jacksonville Jaguars, $835 million.”

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with head coach Matt LaFleur during the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

“So the disparity there between the number one overall spending team and free agency versus the number 32. Team and spending a free agency is 835 million to the Packers’ $181 million. But league average is where I assume most people will be, still way below that sounds like this is just a classic excuse on why they don’t want to pay anybody,” he said on The Pat McAfee Show.

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Rodgers will not sit back and wait for a minimal two-year extension. He wants to secure his long-term future in the league and wants to play till he is in his 40’s.

He holds the leverage in ongoing contract talks. But the Packers will have to make a final call, sooner or later. Watch this space for more.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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