It appears that Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are seriously headed for a divorce.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Rodgers turned down a two-year contract extension earlier this off-season that would have made him the NFL’s highest-paid player.
The reported breakup between Rodgers and the Packers was one of the NFL’s biggest off-season storylines. Rodgers has maintained his stance that he no longer wants to be a Packer, and it appears that the Packers offered the contract extension to save face to their fan base.
Rodgers said one of his problems with the team was that general manager Brian Gutekunst didn’t let him know in advance that the team would move to quarterback Jordan Love in 2020.
“My situation was never about the draft pick to select Jordan,” Rodgers told the SportsCenter in May. “I love Jordan; he’s a great kid. [We’ve had] have fun working together. I love the coaching staff, love my teammates, love the Green Bay fan base. Incredible 16 years. It’s just about some kind of philosophy and maybe forgetting that it’s about the people who make this thing work. It’s about character, it’s about culture, it’s about getting things right. “
With training camps opening on July 28th, the clock is ticking for the Packers and Rodgers to sort out this separation.