Cory's Corner: Davante Adams Tells Everyone To 'Calm Down'

Adams shows loyalty and common sense. 

It seems every time we look around, there’s another whisper, another report or another trade rumor. 

It was refreshing to hear Davante Adams go to bat for his quarterback. “I defend my guys on everything man,” Adams said on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.” “We all know it’s a pretty dense business. There’s a lot that happens, there’s a lot that goes on here. Once you have gained that respect, you want to be treated with that type of respect. I can’t speak on specifics, but there’s certain things that he wants, maybe the club wasn’t so excited about living up to right away. That can affect a guy who’s done so much for an organization. He’s put his body and he’s really laid his life on the line out there for that team, for his teammates and everything. I’ve been behind him 100 percent through the whole thing. Obviously, I’m praying everything works out and that we get him back and we can continue to go out there and do stuff that you see on the screen there, because it’s a lot of fun doing that.”

Of course, the skeptic is easy to point out that of course Adams is going to say those things. He has led the Packers with 25.4 percent of the receiving targets in the last four years. 

Even still, if Adams was having an issue with Rodgers, there’s nothing to say that he wouldn’t have said something. However, that doesn’t mean that it made tremble a little when he heard the news. 

“It scared me a little bit, but (there’s) a lot of things that go into this,” Adams said.

Now Adams has vaulted himself into being the best receiver alongside DeAndre Hopkins and Stefon Diggs. However, Adams only had one drop last year compared with two for Hopkins and eight for Diggs. Adams also had 18 touchdowns last season. Diggs (8) and Hopkins (6) couldn’t even combine forces to beat Adams out. 

But even after all that production, Adams still knows that it took until the middle of 2016 before Rodgers really trusted him. That's a far cry from his two years in the league when his catch percentage was just 57.6 and 53.2 in 2014 and 2015. That put Adams in the lower half of all recievers and many Packers were seething at the second round draft choice. 

“It took time, I’m not going to lie,” Adams said. “It took time before I can honestly personally say we were in that spot and he trusted me for sure. There’s been times throughout my first year, he came to me in some critical moments in  a playoff game against Dallas. But we hadn’t developed that true trust at that point. I wasn’t really sold that we had this crazy bond that was going to turn into something undeniably special.”

Adams has grown so close with Rodgers that he is starting to resemble Rodgers’ popular, “R-E-L-A-X,” even though Adams becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season. 

“Let’s just calm down, let’s see what’s going on,” said Adams, who has been selected to the Pro Bowl four straight years. “We’ll talk to him and ultimately try to figure out what’s going on with this thing.”

 

 

2016 Davante Adams highlights

 

 

2020 Davante Adams highlights 

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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Johnblood27's picture

May 11, 2021 at 06:29 am

This is just soooo much bullshit.

“I defend my guys on everything man,” Adams said on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.” “We all know it’s a pretty dense business. There’s a lot that happens, there’s a lot that goes on here. Once you have gained that respect, you want to be treated with that type of respect. I can’t speak on specifics, but there’s certain things that he wants, maybe the club wasn’t so excited about living up to right away. That can affect a guy who’s done so much for an organization. He’s put his body and he’s really laid his life on the line out there for that team, for his teammates and everything. "

Life on the line? Really? Bullshit.

Treated with respect? Really? Bullshit.

The players ALL cried through their union that the only way to respect them was to give them half of all revenues. Money equals respect. That happened. Rodgers receives more than any other player in the NFL. Cry me a freakin' river. Rodgers gets every bit of respect he has earned, every little bit. Mr. 4 time NFLCG loser.

Adams should have just reviewed his degree from STFU on this one, I thought he went to Fresno State.

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gkarl's picture

May 11, 2021 at 06:50 am

So how do you really feel about this? Stay calm, not your circus, not your monkey.

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Coldworld's picture

May 11, 2021 at 08:38 am

If it’s not his, it’s not any of our circus and these sites have no point.

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gkarl's picture

May 11, 2021 at 12:58 pm

CW

Everyone's entitle to there opinion, in fact I agree with most of what JB27 said. The point I was making is all of us here have no control over the outcome of the AR storyline, that includes DA......so don't let it upset you, just watch and enjoy it for what its worth.

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TarynsEyes's picture

May 11, 2021 at 01:24 pm

Then please take your own advice by not coming here and telling everyone to just watch and enjoy the ride. Surely, if you practiced your preach, you'd just read the article and not comment, and just let it play out while you watch and enjoy. However, if you insist on commenting, please allow others to do the same without the preachings of what you don't follow yourself.

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gkarl's picture

May 11, 2021 at 01:58 pm

"Everyone's entitled to there opinion"

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TarynsEyes's picture

May 11, 2021 at 02:19 pm

Not according to your posts.

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greengold's picture

May 11, 2021 at 07:07 am

Johnny Blood bringin‘ it!

All I got from that is he’s trying soften the blow for the fans, or for AR. It’s not a given that he sticks with Rodgers. He may rather stay with the Packers & Jordan Love.

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croatpackfan's picture

May 11, 2021 at 07:39 am

On the other hand, as there is chance Aaron will be back, you have to understand Davante. He do not want to lose this relationship and trust from Aaron. It is understandable and he did not say nothing bad or ugly regarding Packers organization.

But I agree with your observation "He’s put his body and he’s really laid his life on the line out there for that team, for his teammates and everything. "...

When we are talking why professional football players have that astronomic salary (even the minimum contract per year is larger than what many of workers earn in one year!) the main argument is that their professional life is short. OK, I understand that. But if they are scared because of possible body harm and life alteration injury, than why they are not do what Chris Borland did on March 16, 2015. Borland announced his retirement from the NFL . He said that it is to dangerous to play professional football and he retired and he turn back more than 450,000.00 USD to SF 49 for that decision.

It looks nice when you sign the new contract for a lot of money, but I believe that players should be (or would be) aware that professional football is dangerous, especially looking for long term injuries that may show in later age of any of them. Because of that they get large amount of money. Also, I'm connecting that with professional solders. They have even more dangerous job - more chance to lose their lives or to be heavy injured (life changing type) than football players, but they do not comes even close to the money professional football players get. It come also for policemen, firefighters and similar professions.

I also understand that popular players brings money to the organization on several ways, most common through sponsorships and selling T-shirts, mugs, panties etc. than soldiers, policemen, firefighters... But, football players are not helping you against any kind of threat, while mentioned professionals do that as the basic principles of their duty!

Think about that, too.

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greengold's picture

May 11, 2021 at 09:39 am

Well, croat, I'm glad you included "panties," in there. Gives new meaning to the G spot.

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egbertsouse's picture

May 11, 2021 at 07:42 am

Lighten up, Francis.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

May 11, 2021 at 08:18 am

If Rodger's gets traded and 'it's Adam's becomes part of the problem than trade them both as a packaged deal to enhance the fleecing of our trading partner.

By the way....thought Holmgren's comments were totally out of line. Dont understand why someone as irrelevant as Holmgren from the outside feels he should opine injecting himself into the conversation.

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Coldworld's picture

May 11, 2021 at 09:30 am

Attention.

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croatpackfan's picture

May 11, 2021 at 02:06 pm

GG, the best answer I ever get on this site. Thank you. I ment something else, but I typed the comment in hurry.

Thank you (G spot is hilarious!)

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HarryHodag's picture

May 11, 2021 at 06:47 am

Here's a core question: who runs the show?

Are you loyal to the employer that pays you, or are you loyal to another player only?

If Adams wants to pout, there are other teams for him. The Packers will find another receiver and life goes on as it always has.

Remember: Aaron Rodgers has or will make $240 million dollars during his years as a Packer. He's a minority owner of the Milwaukee Bucks. He forced the firing of Mike McCarthy. Is he in charge of the Packers?

There's no way Rodgers returns now under any circumstances. This was all brought on by Aaron Rodgers.
All he had to do was keep playing and he was on his way to victory. Now all that's left are hard feelings.

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byu.tech's picture

May 11, 2021 at 07:30 am

you just run your bedroom.
that is why your write so stupid comments.
and that is why AR12 is AR12 and you are just you.

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Coldworld's picture

May 11, 2021 at 08:41 am

As the author of some of the most mind numbingly crass, ignorant and derogatory comments recently, perhaps you should not throw stones.

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stormin's picture

May 11, 2021 at 03:45 pm

What a bunch of BS, Iam loyal to my employer if they are up front and loyal to me, that certainly is not the Packers FO . Rodgers will be under center and Adams will be lined up when the season starts.

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Razer's picture

May 11, 2021 at 07:35 am

All this angst and ill-feelings started by a bullshit, paparazzi, CBS Sports hack. All this drama flamed and manipulated by media, players and agents. And all this crap consumed by the fans. I hope some adults show up and tell us to cleanup and get to the table.

Maybe we should be pleased that Aaron Rodgers has kept his mouth shut and allowed private conversations to stay private and the negotiations to happen. The Packers should have done the same and questioned Schefter's knowledge/motivation. Ted would have answered with questions and there wouldn't be a story. I miss him.

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Coldworld's picture

May 11, 2021 at 08:42 am

Yes, Ted would have spoken ... do you actually remember Ted?

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greengold's picture

May 11, 2021 at 09:50 am

I met him and we had written letters back and forth. I still have them. He was a great guy, with gigantic meathooks for hands. Shake his hand and you knew he was a Linebacker.

He would have indeed answered with more questions than answers. You know what I mean on that one.

"I got siz-zle...!"

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flackcatcher's picture

May 11, 2021 at 12:39 pm

A true Gentleman. He really was a fan at heart. My mother and him bonded over their share love of bargain shopping. He was called home too early...

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LambeauPlain's picture

May 11, 2021 at 12:21 pm

Yeah he would have. Something like "We like the Green Bay Packers. We feel we have good players. It has always been important to have good football players on the team. That will not change. So I think we will continue to focus to win football games."

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Razer's picture

May 11, 2021 at 12:30 pm

Exactly - too funny! AND that would have been the end of it.

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greengold's picture

May 11, 2021 at 02:12 pm

uh-HUH!!!! You know it, Razer. It really is funny thinking back to how he handled pressers. He was like Obi One or something...

I met him in front of the Pfister Hotel. Saw the ghost standing outside against the building in a white running suit on a sunny morning. I whipped a shitty in my Xterra at the time, pulled up, and congratulated him on his most recent draft. I honestly can't recall which one it was. Rolled down the window and gave him a "Hey, Ted!!!" He walks over.

Hilarious, him reaching that big paw through the window to shake hands. He sat there leaning at the passenger window for a while talking about it in generalities. "Yeahhhh. Wellll. We'll see. I like what we were able to do... Like him a lot. He's a good player..." Gigantic drawl. Just super genuine.

Pretty funny.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

May 11, 2021 at 07:39 am

I think what Adam's says is fine, Rodgers is his friend, he did not disrespect the Packers. That said, Rodgers signed his deal to play QB, he got paid a bunch of upfront money and now that the Rodgers friendly part of the deal is over and the Packers friendly part of the deal begins it's a problem for him. Sorry Aaron, your the QB. Feel free to apply for GM jobs around the league if you want to be the GM.

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Coldworld's picture

May 11, 2021 at 08:44 am

I agree, Adams said nothing unreasonable.

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Savage57's picture

May 11, 2021 at 07:42 am

'member when wondering if Favre retiring was the biggest off-season story in Green Bay?

That may turn out to be nothing compared to this. At least Favre didn't have a pouty meltdown when the Packers drafted Rodgers.

Man the hell up, Aaron, and make the whole saga of the Packers drafting Love nothing more than a tale of a wasted pick.

One need look no further than Sherrod, Jones or Randall for evidence drafting a different position player would have ensured you the player you thought should have been drafted to be that rookie-year difference maker.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 11, 2021 at 08:04 am

Favre absolutely had a pouty meltdown when the team drafted Rodgers. 36 turnovers in one season followed by his offseason of “maybe I won’t come back”.

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packerbackerjim's picture

May 11, 2021 at 09:17 am

Several off-seasons as I recall.

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LambeauPlain's picture

May 11, 2021 at 11:24 am

Actually if you read Andrew Brandt's column at SI.com, he said Favre did indeed have a meltdown and was seething at the time. Brandt was in the FO as a VP and he said Camp Favre and Camp Rodgers were constantly complaining to Mgmt....the two players were ice cold to each other.

Camp Favre would say "how would you like going to work everyday and there is your replacement in front of you?"

Camp Rodgers would say "come on! Are you going to play Aaron or no? If not trade him already!"

I recall Favre was asked if he if was mentoring Rodgers and he snapped "Its not my job to coach him!"

What did not happen is neither QB sent surrogates running to the press to leak. Buss Cook, for example had too much class and Irv Favre would have kicked Brett with his size 13 boot.

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Since'61's picture

May 11, 2021 at 04:57 pm

I thought Andrew Brandt's column was excellent and spot on about the FO's poor communication and relationship skills. Thanks, Since '61

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HankScorpio's picture

May 11, 2021 at 08:44 pm

"Man the hell up, Aaron, and make the whole saga of the Packers drafting Love nothing more than a tale of a wasted pick."

Too late. It put a chip on Rodgers shoulder to produce a MVP performance. Rodgers thrives on that shoulder chip. I think it is highly likely the trend from 2017-2019 would have continues to 2020 without the chip. But with the chip, he re-focused. And played the kind of brilliant football very few people believe he still could on this day one year ago.

That 1st round pick produced a MVP season from the Packers QB in 2020, without the benefit of the actual player dressing for a single game. It can never be considered a total waste even if that never changes.

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mrtundra's picture

May 11, 2021 at 07:57 am

Adams has not signed an extension with the Packers, as of yet. So, he could go, if not re-signed. If Rodgers doesn't return, will Adams stay? Without an extension? Would Adams do that to this team? I think he gets extended this summer. Then we'll see where things are at with Rodgers and Gute. I hate this drama. Whatever happens, I will be rooting for the Packers! GO PACK, GO!!!

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Leatherhead's picture

May 11, 2021 at 08:05 am

Adams is gone after this season.

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Razer's picture

May 11, 2021 at 08:12 am

...Adams is gone after this season...

I tend to agree. Imagine the battlefield if they give Rodgers the keys then don't give him all his toys. This will never end.

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The_Justicar's picture

May 11, 2021 at 07:47 pm

No receiver is worth 20 million a season which is what it will take to keep Adams. And if Rodgers gets an extension...that money will price Adams out anyway. So keeping Rodgers prevents us from keeping Adams. Adams shouldn’t take a hometown discount but that is the only way packers should keep him.

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SanLobo's picture

May 11, 2021 at 08:12 am

Adams comments were masterful in supporting his close friend while not calling out the organization. I see hyperbole (putting his life on line) in sports commentary everyday so I take that with a grain of salt. The most telling comment was when asked if Rodgers departure would influence his future with the team and he responded, “potentially.” That should be of some concern. During the interim between great QB play, Green Bay was viewed as an unattractive place to go for many NFL players. Great QB play by Favre and Rodgers helped to change that perception. I heard on a broadcast yesterday that Green Bay isn’t just the smallest city to host an NFL franchise, but to host any professional sports team.
In response to HarryHodag’s comment, I don’t know if Rodgers was behind McCarthy’s ouster or not. But if he was, we should be thankful because it was clearly the right thing to do for the team.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

May 11, 2021 at 08:25 am

SanLobo,
Good comment about MM and Rodgers and very true. Whoever really leveraged to get rid of MM should be complimented.

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Coldworld's picture

May 11, 2021 at 09:49 am

I think it was pretty clear to a lot of people that MM’s time had passed. Rodgers likely no more than many others. As to the Packers, they aren’t and must not be dependent on anyone. These days the Packers are financially secure. The waiting list won’t evaporate and the biggest obstacle to recruitment is cap. Rodgers won’t be with us forever whatever happens.

This spat is about when not if, and what state the roster will be in after versus the hope that Rodgers can do this year what he did last but with a better result.

Personally, I think that this obscures the real questions. Can Rodgers match last year and can our coaches not be out coached heavily in critical games? Both are far from guaranteed.

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packer132's picture

May 11, 2021 at 07:36 pm

Cold: Good points. If Rodgers is back and plays like he did last year, will the coaches adjust to the other team? Will Rodgers prove he is really the MVP and win the big game? I am torn between wanting Rodgers back with yet another chance to get to the Super Bowl and trading him for some 1st rounders and a top player or two. I would not want to make that call.

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Swisch's picture

May 11, 2021 at 10:44 am

I wouldn't want any quarterback undermining any coach.

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LambeauPlain's picture

May 11, 2021 at 11:28 am

Yep. Davante has too much class to inject himself into a conflict and overtly pick sides.

He also does not want to bite the hand that wants to feed him with a big pot of gold too.

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greengold's picture

May 11, 2021 at 04:25 pm

I agree too. Very well said, SanLobo.

I was totally impressed with how he easily didn't favor one side or the other. Showed equal support for the team and AR. Very clear answers.

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jurp's picture

May 12, 2021 at 08:44 am

You could also read Adams' "potentially" as "If AR is comes back and is signed to an extension, then there wouldn't be enough salary cap room to sign/extend me, so I'd be done as a Packer, but if AR is traded, then there would be enough money to extend me and I'll be back."

I think if Adams wants to remain a Packer, he has to support an AR trade.

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NickPerry's picture

May 11, 2021 at 08:41 am

Question... SHOULD we pay Aaron Rodgers someone tell me how in the HELL we'll afford Davante Adams, Jarie Alexander, Z Smith and anyone else.??

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Packerpasty's picture

May 11, 2021 at 09:34 am

thats for the brilliant Gutekunst and Ball to figure out..

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NickPerry's picture

May 12, 2021 at 06:40 am

That would be a tough one to figure out. No matter what the Cap will be lower next season before taking a jump in 2023.

IF Adams wants over $25 million, Rodgers hit is almost $40 million, Z Smith over $28 million and so on and so on and so on with Clark, Bahk, AND Alexander coming up....

There's actually nothing to figure out. The cookie jar is BEYOND empty. Just ask the Saints how pushing money to future years works out.

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dobber's picture

May 11, 2021 at 09:35 am

That's above my pay grade.

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greengold's picture

May 11, 2021 at 10:37 am

Bigger question is will we get a chance to pay Davante Adams if Aaron Rodgers is in DEN? Will Davante want to stay? Maybe halfway through this season we should have those questions answered, if he isn't traded in a package deal with AR.

What if this Packers team, minus AR, starts out the season 8-0 or 7-1...? Davante might want to stick around. This could be super fun. Jordan Love was touted as a combination of AR and Mahomes...

I wouldn't put it past Matt LaFleur to pull that off with JL at QB. This Packers team is loaded with talent. All of a sudden it won't be just one guy. There will be a lot of players who might be assuming new leadership roles.

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stockholder's picture

May 11, 2021 at 11:10 am

Easy. - Lowrey, Turner , Preston Smith, Gone. Either Amos or Adams will be gone, if not both.

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packer132's picture

May 11, 2021 at 07:41 pm

I agree, and am torn on the Rodgers return. Packers have $105 million tied up in ARod, Adams, Bakh, Clark, Z Smith. If Rodgers plays this year, they can not keep Adams or Z Smith in 2022. Should he get traded, Packers can sign one or two vets and a couple of free agents. I would not want to make the decision.

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Packerpasty's picture

May 11, 2021 at 09:37 am

I want to see how the Pro Shop, and all the Disneyland north stuff does when the Packers return to having a mediocre team. If you don't think the stars like Rodgers and Adams are worth their weight in cash in bringing in tourists, etc, you don't know much about business....

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packer132's picture

May 11, 2021 at 07:49 pm

Plenty of people will buy shirts and jerseys of: Alexander, Savage, Gary, Jenkins, Myers, Tonyan, Dillon, Stokes, Deguara. What happened after Reggie White, Charles Woodson, Brett Favre left the team? Did that cripple sales? Have the Packers won a Super Bowl since 2010? The pro shop will be fine long after Rodgers and Adams are done playing.

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May 11, 2021 at 08:59 pm

The Packers have had plenty of lean seasons since their sell-out streak began in the 60s. I don't know how long it takes between entering the waiting list and exiting it but it was measured in multiple decades not too long ago. This isn't about "business." It's not an Ace Hardware on the corner of 1st and Main. It's the Packers. Stars comes and go. The fans stay put.

Anyone that is above 40 years old knows this. Or should know it anyways. That's long enough to have seen enough crap football and how it was consumed. At the end of the day, Rodgers, Adams and everyone else are just the bodies that populate the uniform. It's the uniform that is the real draw.

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TarynsEyes's picture

May 11, 2021 at 09:41 am

The only words that gave my ears a reason to perk up was Adams saying the situation will make him think more about re-signing with GB. The rest was standard bs one expects a player to say.

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Coldworld's picture

May 11, 2021 at 09:53 am

Hardly surprising that he would in circumstances where there is an unexpected change in direction. I just took that as being candid and perhaps financially astute.

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MarkinMadison's picture

May 11, 2021 at 10:57 am

Taryn, I'm with you on this one, 100%.

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Swisch's picture

May 11, 2021 at 06:50 pm

A couple of factors about Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers:
(1) Both have to be willing to make a sacrifice in allowing other players on our offense to take a greater role.
(2) Both are getting to the age where it doesn't make sense to sign them to long-term contracts. It's sad when players get older, but they have to be willing to sacrifice some salary and security for the good of the team.
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In keeping with the comment of another fan here at CHTV recently, I'm impressed with what Aaron Jones did to stay with the Packers in being willing to sign for less money for less years.
That's taking care of the team, while also still doing really well for oneself.
I want guys like Aaron Jones on the Packers. I hope his sacrifice to stay with the team will endear him to us as fans in a special way for all of his days. I hope a guy like that would be offered a good job by the Packers after his playing days.
I'd like Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams to stay with the Packers at least another season or two, but the question is whether they are willing to give up something significant for the team.
Both would still make a ton of money with the Packers, but it's not good for the team that they get long- term contracts for top money.
That's just the reality of the situation, as I see it, as sad as it is to see our guys move on eventually.
They have the right to seek what they want; the Packers have the right to go in a different direction for the good of all the players, and also the fans who provide all the income.
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As I put out there yesterday -- if Rodgers and Adams decide they'd rather move on than to sacrifice for the team -- I'd trade them to the Broncos in return for Jeudy, Chubb or Surtain, Bridgewater, and a first-round pick.
I hope that would be good for all concerned, including us as fans. We're important, too.

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TarynsEyes's picture

May 11, 2021 at 11:40 am

" I'm impressed with what Aaron Jones did to stay with the Packers in being willing to sign for less money for less years."

Aaron Jones didn't willingly take lesser money for the good of the team, as is the spin that some/many Packer fans want to be spin, but his market wasn't near what was expected/hoped and he then took the path where the money was really good and secured his position on the teams' offense. Don't be fooled, if the market for Jones was as expected, he wouldn't be in GB today.

Yes, the Covid effect on the salary cap hurt, but many teams were flush with money and could have paid Jones more, they simply wouldn't pay what was he asked/believed/hoped his assumed value.

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Swisch's picture

May 11, 2021 at 02:57 pm

With what certainty do we know about other offers to Aaron Jones as a free agent?
It seemed he signed with the Packers rather quickly, so perhaps he didn't really explore the possible offers from other teams all that thoroughly.
I thought Miami might be a good place for him.
I don't know what happened overall.
Perhaps there wasn't much interest around the NFL for giving a running back a long-term contract.
I'm glad we got him. It seems like a good deal for both sides.

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TarynsEyes's picture

May 11, 2021 at 03:08 pm

I believe his agent came out and said the market didn't seem to be what was hoped, and Jones decided it would be best for him to take the Packer deal. Naturally, it will be spun that Jones had no intention of leaving, but the truth is that no team wanted to pay him above that of GB. This was not a hometown discount, it was all he was getting. I wonder if the FO over-valued his cost and now feel they could have given less.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

May 11, 2021 at 10:33 am

Year Name Cap %
1994 Young 13.10%
1995 Aikman 6.70%
1996 Favre 10.20%
1997 Elway 5.20%
1998 Elway 5.00%
1999 Warner 1.30%
2000 Dilfer 1.60%
2001 Brady 0.47%
2002 Johnson 9.60%
2003 Brady 4.40%
2004 Brady 6.30%
2005 Roethlisberger 4.90%
2006 P. Manning 10.40%
2007 E. Manning 9.20%
2008 Roethlisberger 6.80%
2009 Brees 8.30%
2010 Rodgers ~5.5% estimated for uncapped year
2011 E. Manning 11.70%
2012 Flacco 6.60%
2013 Wilson 0.56%
2014 Brady 10.64%
2015 P. Manning 11.66%
2016 Brady 8.62%
2017 Foles 0.91%
2018 Brady 12.2%
2019 Mahomes 2.4%
2020 Brady 12.2%

Rodgers upcoming salaries are projected to be 20.1%, 19.6%, 12.6%. Rodgers wants more.

Only 1 team has ever won a Superbowl with the QB making just barely over 13% of the salary. Brady knows this. Pretty sure Gute and Ball know it too. If these numbers hold true the best chance for GB to win a Super Bowl looks like it is to trade Rodgers for picks and players and surround Love with a kickass team through the Draft and FA while he's in a rookie deal.

I'm not saying I want that, but based on this it doesn't look so awful.

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MarkinMadison's picture

May 11, 2021 at 10:59 am

You are playing my tune.

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LambeauPlain's picture

May 11, 2021 at 11:37 am

That's a good analysis and observation, JJJ.

Makes you do a Davante....got to think more about it.

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flackcatcher's picture

May 11, 2021 at 01:37 pm

At its core, this has always been a Cap issue. The Packers pushed out the Cap hit for one year with what amounted to a club option for a second year. Reasonable, with the number of young core players contracts become due. With the Covid-19 hit, the Rodgers contract talks became a hit the club could no longer handle under the Cap. That was clear as far back as two years ago. TGR's work has pointed out how bleak the Packers Cap was even before the pandemic. Either way, this Packers team will be very different in 2023. Cap Man wins. Cap Man always wins....

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MajWhiplash's picture

May 11, 2021 at 05:32 pm

Word leaked they offered him not only a long term deal but the biggest deal in football. What a POS he is for bankrupting the team for his own ego. Maybe they should have had the balls to say, you signed a contract live up to it.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

May 11, 2021 at 09:18 pm

We don't know that's true though.

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Packers0808's picture

May 11, 2021 at 11:31 am

Adams knows more than he is saying obviously but saying RELAX would make one think this will iron out and Rodgers will be placated and be back, IMO!

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LambeauPlain's picture

May 11, 2021 at 11:49 am

Now that it has been reported the two sides are talking, it takes away some of the drama and the rumored intransigence of Rodgers demanding to be traded or he will sit out/retire.

And I can hear Adams telling Rodgers "you know the new kids just drafted look pretty good...especially that Rodgers kid. I think we have a good shot this season with you. We need ya."

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MajWhiplash's picture

May 11, 2021 at 05:28 pm

Ya rodgers just made the Packers org not only break the bank but costs the team the ability to retain other talent and free agents need not apply. This is a complete mess and I blame Rodgers for being greedy and saying you must make me the highest paid person in football or else.
Pack should have taken their lumps, traded him for picks and sucked it up that until they replace him, they may have a couple of tough years ahead.

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Since'61's picture

May 11, 2021 at 11:57 am

RELAX! We're not going to have a resolution until June. Even if Rodgers signs an extension he could still be traded.

I think what Adams is talking about is either a guarantee from the Packers through 2022, possibly longer and/or a no trade clause. It's not about the money because reportedly Rodgers has already turned down a contract to make him the highest paid QB in the league.

If the trade happens include Adams and Bak. At least then we get a return on Adams who will leave in FA to follow Rodgers. By trading those 3 players we free up plenty of cap space plus we should get Surtain, Jeudy, Chubb and 2#1s back. By the 2023 season A. Jones, the Smiths, Amos, Clark and probably Alexander will all be gone as well. Some of this will happen even if Rodgers stays with the Packers. Some will be cap casualties. Others will go to the highest bidders. Others will not be resigned due to age. By 2023 even Gary may have moved on. Time will tell but this team will look vastly different in 2 seasons one way or the other.

As for Adams, he understands that Rodgers is his money maker for his next and probably final contract whether it's in Green Bay or elsewhere with Rodgers.

The only certain thing about this current situation is that the media has done a terrible job in covering this and has been a complete disservice to the fans. They have basically made up a story that no one would have even been aware of if Schefter had not decided he had "accumulated information" from unnamed sources about Rodgers wanting out of Green Bay. None of which has been confirmed to this day by anyone. In the meantime the media has been scrambling around for bits, pieces and sound bites around the edges of parties involved and the talking airheads have nothing else to drone on about at this time of the year.

Either way we have about 3 weeks to go. Thanks, Since '61

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TarynsEyes's picture

May 11, 2021 at 01:31 pm

Geez Since'61, with the number of players now being swapped in the trade the FO's of both teams should just agree to swap teams and keep their respective QB's.

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Since'61's picture

May 11, 2021 at 01:54 pm

If the Packers are going to do it get it right and get it done. However, swapping teams and keeping the QBs works for me. Can we also swap the GMs? Thanks, Since '61

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Packers0808's picture

May 11, 2021 at 02:40 pm

Rodgers at his age with most scenarios is over valued and especially over priced.

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greengold's picture

May 11, 2021 at 12:06 pm

DEN rookies have all picked their jersey numbers, and, #12 is still available...

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Since'61's picture

May 11, 2021 at 12:55 pm

That's hysterical! Maybe they told all the rookies that it was already taken. Thanks, Since '61

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LambeauPlain's picture

May 11, 2021 at 12:11 pm

I see no way the Packers would trade 3 of their best players from one of the best offenses in the NFL.

I agree the team will look different in the future, all teams do, but you propose radically breaking down a well oiled machine for future draft picks and players that would have to learn a new system?

Way too much fixing of what isn't broken at LT and WR1.

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Since'61's picture

May 11, 2021 at 01:05 pm

Adams will probably want to follow Rodgers. Trade him while we can get some return value rather than nothing if he leaves via FA. As for Bak, he and Rodgers are very tight. He also wants to play with AR. He also knows that playing with AR gives him his best remaining chance at winning an SB since he is probably on his last contract. For all the Packers or us know at this point Bak will likely miss at least half of the 2021 season anyway.

Also moving Adams and Bak out frees up tons of cap space which will allow the Packers to replace both with younger versions of Adams and Bak. In fact if the packers can get Jeudy as part deal from the Broncos they will have replaced Adams. For Bak we can hopefully get Chubb in return who is a solid DL that we desperately need.
For Rodgers we get back Surtain, and 2#1s.

The deal makes the Broncos an instant SB contender and moves out AR and his guys with all their baggage. The Packers get 3 #1 picks counting Surtain, a talented, young WR and a solid DL, plus plenty of cap space. All of which will help Love succeed sooner rather than later, assuming Love can evolve into a good NFL QB.

Seems to work out for both teams. But who knows. June will tell. Thanks, Since '61

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TarynsEyes's picture

May 11, 2021 at 01:42 pm

The moment Adams says he wants to go with Rodgers, it says two things: 1) Adams believes he will be significantly less relevant without Rodgers 2) Love is not a QB that can keep Adams relevant as a player or statistically.

The FO being willing to trade Adams speaks to their acknowledgement that Adams needs Rodgers and he, Adams, can't cover the warts of Love.

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Since'61's picture

May 11, 2021 at 02:09 pm

Absolutely correct Taryn. Also why leave behind a player who might start complaining about not getting enough targets in a contract year? That's not fair to MLF, who may end up dealing with an unhappy Bak, A. Jones, Smiths, Amos and Clark all who either remained with GB or signed with GB with the expectation that they would be playing with Rodgers for their current contract period.

If Rodgers goes their chances for an SB are gone in Green Bay at least for the remaining term of their contracts. Love may evolve into a good/great QB but not during the next 2-3 seasons which is what those guys have signed up for. Jones will be a cap casualty after 2022. The Smiths probably after 2021. IIRC Amos and Clark contracts are up in 2022. Alexander will probably test FA after '21 or'22 as well. Gary's rookie contract ends in 2022. He could also look elsewhere for an SB opportunity. These guys and FAs available from other teams have no reason to play in Green Bay without a Rodgers/HOF QB on board. Maybe Love will become that guy but then again, maybe not.

Plenty of people are unhappy with Rodgers but as you and I know he has covered numerous warts on this team for a long time. How many pop up after he's gone is anyone's guess. Thanks, Since '61

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greengold's picture

May 11, 2021 at 04:34 pm

I think that is reading too much into it. Could be DEN and AR would see value in having Davante part of the deal and would make another big piece available to GB as a result.

These are difficult trades to pull off. While I've shown probably too much confidence the deal is essentially done, there are all kinds of factors involved for the other team.

DEN is 0-11 against KC since Mahomes. LV is in their division too, and they might still toss an unbelievable offer GB's way. DEN is sick of losing all the time, and being unable to score points, and they don't want the Raiders jumping them on this.

PLUS, they have 3 QBs, and essentially no QBs to get the job done of challenging for the division.

Adams, while he has an insanely tight relationship with AR, which is an asset, has none with JL. Could simply be a smart trade piece to share with the other side to get another player or pick added to an AR deal.

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Since'61's picture

May 11, 2021 at 04:55 pm

Agree greengold. It's also a way of getting a return for Adams rather than losing him through FA. That's my thinking on including him in the deal. Also he could be unhappy with getting less targets from Love than he would from Rodgers during a contract year. It would be unfair to leave MLF to deal with that during the season.

Thanks, Since '61

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

May 11, 2021 at 12:30 pm

Interesting the take on Adam’s comments in this article (relax and let’s see how this plays out) vs nfl.com that basically makes it sound like Adams is ready to leave if Rodgers doesn’t come back.

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Lphill's picture

May 11, 2021 at 12:49 pm

This team needs an owner , Pettine and MM should have been fired after the Seattle debacle, this drama now would not happen with an owner calling the shots.

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Since'61's picture

May 11, 2021 at 01:12 pm

Probably true but I wouldn't want an owner like Jerry Jones or the nut case in DC either. Sometimes the Devil we know is better than the one we don't know.

Besides I have always liked the idea of a publicly owned team. Even though in reality as fans we don't own anything. Even those of us who have shares of stock. They are really just very sophisticated thank you cards for our donations to the team which I would be happy to do with or without the shares.

However, the concept of public ownership has always made the Packers special for me. it is one of the reasons that I have remained a long distance fan all of these years. It has also allowed the team to remain in Green Bay. If we had an owner driven by profits he/she would have probably moved the team to a larger and more lucrative market a long time ago. Thanks, Since '61

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flackcatcher's picture

May 11, 2021 at 01:44 pm

Fans have no idea the number of crazy loons there are in the league as owners. Thank goodness for the Executive Committee. With all their flaws, as a group they have taken their responsibility as 'owners' seriously.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

May 11, 2021 at 02:20 pm

Some Packers fans may want to take the time to review the credentials of the Executive Committee and even the Board of Directors. There are no 'nepotism' or 'buddy' appointments on each. Both executive bodies are comprised of many smart, talented and accomplished individuals. Moreover, they understand that they are a community-based, non profit organization and conduct themselves as such - ensuring the franchise's health and wealth - above all else.

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TarynsEyes's picture

May 11, 2021 at 01:53 pm

The Packers have always been a profitable team and have never relied upon the NFL pool money to stay afloat. That alone would prevent the NFL from voting in favor of moving the Packers from GB, regardless of ownership. It's in the best interest of the league to maintain some rural-based teams among those of the big cities. As long as the residents buy out the tickets and the Lambeau Disneyland remains appealing for visitors, and add-in the possible or already agreed holding of the Draft, IDK if is set or not, will make it even harder to move the team.

Personally, I don't know if private ownership is the answer, but I do know in my mind that better decisions need to come about in GB regardless of how or who owns them.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

May 11, 2021 at 02:01 pm

I am also a long-distance fan of the Green Bay Packers. Why? Because the Packers are an anomaly - they are one of the few community owned teams (in the world) - of a major sports franchise - who have established a standard of excellence that few sports organizations can rival. On the other hand, I'm not so much a fan of the NFL - who is all about brand, big business and hype. I relate much better to the Packers, who in several ways, is the antithesis of the NFL. And I like that!

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jurp's picture

May 12, 2021 at 08:56 am

So, you're saying that you'd be a fan of the Milwaukee Packers? St. Louis Packers? San Antonio Packers? Portland Packers? Pick-a-large-city-without-an-NFL-team Packers?

The very last thing the Packers need is an owner.

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jurp's picture

May 12, 2021 at 08:56 am

Sorry - comment meant for lphill's post.

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Packers0808's picture

May 11, 2021 at 02:45 pm

If the rumors are true Rodgers has to be an idiot to ask other Packers to go with him to another team! Easy way to stop, as I am sure if he is doing this will piss the Packers off and Rodgers will have no team for anyone to follow him too! They will call his bluff and make him retire or go play game show HOSTESS!

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Since'61's picture

May 11, 2021 at 03:42 pm

Really!!! How exactly do you force Rodgers to retire without taking the cap hit for the next 3 seasons. And if you do release him, then he is free to sign with any other team in the league and the Packers lose an HOF/MVP player for literally no return. That should get someone fired if they were stupid enough to allow that to happen.

Then players would still be able to follow him because when a player becomes a free agent, as Adams will after the 2021 season, how do you prevent them from signing with any other team. Not to mention the numerous cap casualties the Packers will need to release after the 2021 season.

You may want to think through your next post before actually posting it. Thanks, Since ‘61

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Packers0808's picture

May 11, 2021 at 04:09 pm

You are so wrong here, Rodgers would have to pay back $23 million dollars in bonus pay. Would go a long way for cap money! You are good at name calling anyway, got to be good at something I suppose!

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Since'61's picture

May 11, 2021 at 05:40 pm

I never called you a name I said that the FO would be stupid to lose Rodgers without getting a return for him. I'm sorry if you misunderstood my comment.

Rodgers would only need to pay back the $23 million if he choses to retire. If the Packers release him they are on the hook for the cap hits for the next 3 seasons and I don't think that Rodgers would need to pay anything back in that situation. However, I defer to TGR or another poster who are more familiar with the details of what releasing Rodgers would mean for the Packers salary cap. And again releasing Rodgers would free him to sign with any team he chooses to sign with and the Packers would get nothing for him. Not to mention still responsible for the cap hits.

You still haven't answered how the Packers can force him to retire or how they could prevent Free Agents signing with any other team that they choose. I'll answer for you. The Packers can't force Rodgers to retire and they can't stop a free agent from signing with another team whether they follow Rodgers or not.

Think it through. Thanks, Since '61

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Packers0808's picture

May 11, 2021 at 05:51 pm

Exactly I said only if he retired, all that other BS is what you added, And oh yeah you called me stupid!

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Since'61's picture

May 11, 2021 at 07:03 pm

Your post says "make him retire" not if he retired. What you're calling BS are the reality of the situation. If they let him go they are on the hook for the cap hits. You may disagree but that is how his contract works.

Finally, my post specifically says that losing Rodgers without getting a return should get someone fired if they would be stupid enough to allow that to happen. I don't see how that has anything to do with you unless you are directly involved with the decision making in the Packers front office. But again I will apologize if that is how you received the comment. I had no intention to insult you.

You're taking this personally, which I regret, and I won't continue from here. If you think I'm good at insulting people please take the time to go back through my posts and find one where I have insulted someone.

I won't engage with you again. Stay well. Thanks, Since '61

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Packers0808's picture

May 11, 2021 at 07:10 pm

It would be his choice to retire not the Packers. He has a no trade no where in his contract, thus his retirement no matter the reason would be his! Good night.

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dfarmer's picture

May 11, 2021 at 05:03 pm

Thank you for some reality.. Slimey Shefter turned months old comments(from who?) into a "breaking news" story. So much for "journalistic integrity" (that's a oxymoron) After that the fake news did the rest... IT'S 99% BS.

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MajWhiplash's picture

May 11, 2021 at 05:24 pm

Hey Davante maybe your the one who isnt calm. Ya your not getting to the pro bowl next year without Rodgers and your quest to have a huge year and tell the Pack adious suckers I just got da big money I'm out of here may not happen. Ya if anyone if nervous its you pal, no one else is worried.

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stockholder's picture

May 11, 2021 at 05:36 pm

I really Doubt Rodgers and Gute can live with each other. That said; a owner would have replaced Gute. Regardless! I doubt anybody can relax. Green Bay is a pressure cooker thats ready to explode. This should never had happened. And Rodgers has them all singing a different tune. But how long can they carry it.

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jurp's picture

May 12, 2021 at 08:58 am

A bad owner would shitcan the GM, a good owner would trade Rodgers.

June 1st awaits. I expect AR to be traded shortly thereafter.

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uncle10's picture

May 11, 2021 at 11:33 pm

It doesn't matter what the Packers do. Rodgers and his Passive Aggressive Personality will always feel slighted. Don't bankrupt the team to keep him happy for a season. Tyler Dunne was correct when he said notifying Rodgers of the Love pick wouldn't of mattered. He still would have been put out by it. It is what makes him a great competitor. That is why he has 5 Super Bowl rings! Oh...wait, I guess that big personality has to be backed up by big performances in big games. As great as he is, he is pedestrian when it matters at the end of the season.

I love the guy. I named my dog after him. But it is time to move on. Trade him to an AFC team on the west coast to make him happy, wish him the best of luck. Get everything you can for him, and ride with Jordan Love (personally I want Jeudy from the Broncos so he still doesn't have a 1st rounder to throw to). I fanned through the 70's and 80's, so I do know what I'm asking for. I root for the team, not the player. Go Pack Go.

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