Of all the rumors and speculation circulating the latest episode of Rodgers/Packers drama, the one about Rodgers seeing himself as a team leader that deserves more input into the workings of the team were quite true, per NBC Sports:
“The organization looks at me and my job as just to play,” Rodgers said. He explained that, given his unique circumstances, he should have “a little more input.”
He expressed frustration with the team’s failure to seek his opinion on matters such as players who will or won’t stay with the team.
“At least to be in the conversation makes it feel like you’re important, you’re respected,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers said that his overriding goal was and is “trying to be a resource for the organization.”
When asked about 2022:
“I really don’t know,” Rodgers said. “Things in that direction haven’t really changed at all. . . . . There’s gonna be a lot of tough decisions at the end of the year. I’m just gonna enjoy this year.”
This comes out just as Packer Nation was blindsided by the news that former Packer wide receiver, Randall Cobb, is likely to be traded back to the team.
As the #Packers work to finalize QB Aaron Rodgers’ reworked contract, the trade of old friend & current #Texans WR Randall Cobb is also waiting to be finalized (with the cap in mind). All indications are both should happen, and that the Cobb trade was a specific Rodgers request.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 28, 2021
I’M COMING HOME! 💚💛 pic.twitter.com/qxSwkQo89f
— Randall Cobb (@rcobb18) July 28, 2021
Rodgers will now have a proper slot receiver and one less thing to be pissy about. The clock is ticking on Rodgers’ career and it’s only fair that he at least has all the basics that he had grown accustomed to.
Of course, there is no certainty that we will be see a healthy Cobb this season, but all fingers are crossed.
It’s a strange time to be a Packer fan. We are in the darkest timeline and I can not wait to see what bizarre nonsense that the 2021 NFL season will bring.
Aaron Rodgers greeting the roster after returning to Green Bay: pic.twitter.com/ejLYSFLQID
— Daire Carragher (@DaireCarragher) July 27, 2021
Rodgers is present at training camp and things seem to be moving forward again as normal.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 27, 2021
The show must go on, but for how long?