On Thursday night, rumors swirled that Aaron Rodgers would be traded from the Green Bay Packers.
It all started after ESPN’s Adam Schefter sent out a tweet saying, “Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so disgruntled with the Green Bay Packers that he has told some within the organization that he does not want to return to the team, league and team sources told ESPN on Thursday.”
There were several reports that followed saying that Rodgers would be interested in a trade to the Broncos.
However, later Thursday night Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst says he can’t envision any scenario in which he would deal Rodgers.
“We are not going to trade Aaron Rodgers,” Gutekunst said Thursday night after the first round of the NFL draft.
The ESPN report, citing unidentified sources, said the Packers have offered to extend the reigning MVP’s contract and that team CEO Mark Murphy, Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur each met with Rodgers during the offseason.
Gutekust responded to the report by saying that “we are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond.” He expanded on those remarks late Thursday following the Packers’ first-round selection of Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes.
“I’m not going to speak for Aaron, but I think obviously we have a really good team and I do think he’ll play for us again,” Gutekunst said. “Like I said, we’re going to work toward that and we’ve been working toward that on a number of different fronts. The value that he adds to our football is really immeasurable, you know what I mean? He brings so much to the table not only as a player but as a leader. He’s so important to his teammates, to his coaches, so yeah, that’s the goal.”
Former Broncos’ Quarterback Jake Plummer heard the rumors about Rodgers and Denver.
“There’s a great chance of course,” says Plummer, who was emceeing an NFL fan draft party at Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton.
“Who wouldn’t want to be here, playing in this city, and live here, in Colorado, and play for this organization? It’s one of the best organizations in all of sports, let alone the NFL. A guy like Aaron Rodgers, he wants to win a championship, and get paid, also. So, if they have the money to get him, as long as you don’t give away the farm and keep some talent around him. I think it’s a great move.”