Aaron Rodgers is in limbo until the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets find the right compensation to come to an agreement.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst explained the organization’s thinking on a potential deal for the four-time NFL MVP, saying he even contacted the quarterback multiple times before being told by his representatives he wanted a trade. .
Gutekunst said he and Rodgers met after the team failed to make the playoffs during the 2022 season, and the general manager planned to have more talks during the offseason but never came to fruition.
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«Those never happened,» Gutekunst said. «Then there came a time where we had to make some decisions, so we went through his representatives to try to talk to him (about) where we were going with our team. And at that point, we were informed that he would like to be traded to the Jets».
Rodgers told a different story during his appearance on «The Pat McAfee Show» earlier this month. Rodgers said he wanted the Packers to tell him early in the offseason that they planned to move him. He also said that after he returned from his obscurity retirement last month, he «heard from a number of people I trust in the league, mostly players, who were doing some shopping, that they were interested in moving.»
«The Packers would like to move on,» Rodgers said. «They have let me know with so many words. They have let other people know with direct words.»
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Gutekunst said he wanted to have more conversations with Rodgers to see how he would fit into the team’s plans for 2023.
«(With) our inability to communicate with him or for him to respond in any way, I think at that point, I had to do my job and reach out and understanding that a trade might be possible and see who was interested,» he said. .
Gutekunst was asked about the possibility of Rodgers playing for Green Bay in 2023.
«I think right now all options are on the table. It’s not trending that way, and we’re very hopeful that we can facilitate this (trade) and get it done. But it’s come back in certain circumstances before where maybe not was». the happiest with everything that was happening and played very well. So let’s see how all this happens.
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«I think hopefully it’s in the right direction for what everyone wants, and hopefully we can wrap this up.»
Associated Press contributed to this report.