‘That Got Us a Little Nervous’ – Aaron Rodgers Trade Saga Had NFL Schedule Makers in a Limbo

Published 05/17/2021, 9:04 AM EDT
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 30: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before a game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on December 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


On draft day this year, the NFL was hit by a storm one predictably saw coming from a mile away. Aaron Rodgers wanted out of Green Bay.  

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Reports of Rodgers’ disenchantment with the franchise emerged hours before the 2021 NFL Draft took place. And since then very light progress has made from both camps. 

While the Green Bay Packers have maintained that it is not going to trade the QB, Aaron Rodgers himself is yet to make a statement about the situation. 

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Jan 3, 2021; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes against the Chicago Bears during their football game Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK

This of course has been coming. The QB is understandably miffed at the franchise for not doing enough to show their commitment to the star QB.

The franchise had drafted QB Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft to Rodgers. But Aaron Rodgers instead rolled back the years to pull off an MVP season. 

Packers fans have been sweating it out given the uncertainty surrounding the future of their franchise QB. But it looks like the situation regarding Rodgers had the NFL schedule makers scratching their heads as well. 

Aaron Rodgers impacting NFL schedules as well

According to a report by ProFootballTalk, NFL insider Peter King talked to Howard Katz, Senior VP of NFL broadcasting. And it was during this conversation that the two talked about how the Rodgers-Packers saga impacted the 2021 NFL schedule. 

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“That got us a little nervous,” Katz said. Despite the uncertainty surrounding Rodgers, the Packers are set to kick off their 2021 campaign against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. 

“The Green Bay Packers are still the Green Bay Packers, with or without Aaron Rodgers,” Katz said. “They’re a great team and a great brand. We started to think about some of the permutations of the schedule.”

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Given that there is yet to be any significant development in a trade move for Rodgers, Katz said that the league is looking to maximize the most out of the Packers games early on in the season. 

“Ultimately, when he didn’t get traded, we couldn’t solve for something we didn’t know. It was pretty deliberate the way we maxed out the Packers early in the season… That was deliberate.”

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With the Packers taking on the Saints to start off their new campaign, who do you think will line up under centre for the Packers come Week 1?

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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