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‘We’re not trading Aaron Rodgers’

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Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst says he can’t imagine any scenario where he could trade quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“We are not going to trade Aaron Rodgers,” Gutekunst said Thursday night after the first round of the NFL draft.

ESPN reported in the hours leading up to the draft that Rodgers does not want to return to the Packers. The ESPN report, which cites unidentified sources, says the Packers have offered to extend the reigning MVP’s contract and that team CEO Mark Murphy, Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur met with Rodgers during the offseason.

Gutekust responded to the report saying that “we are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond.” He expanded on those comments Thursday night following the Packers’ first-round pick of Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes.

“I’m not going to speak for Aaron, but I think we obviously have a really good team and I think he will play for us again,” Gutekunst said. “As I said, we are going to work to achieve it and we have been working to achieve it on several different fronts. The value he brings to our football is truly immeasurable, do you know what I mean? He brings a lot to the table not only as a player but also as a leader. It’s very important to his teammates, to his coaches, so yeah, that’s the goal. “

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch acknowledged that he had consulted with the Packers about Rodgers’ possible availability and was quickly rejected. The 49ers selected North Dakota state quarterback Trey Lance with the third overall pick.

“We asked and it was a quick end to the conversation,” Lynch said. “It wasn’t happening.”

Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst speaks during a press conference. (Michael Conroy / AP)

Without going into details, Gutekunst said Packers officials had reached out to Rodgers on Thursday.

Rodgers, 37, has spent his entire career with Green Bay since the Packers selected him as the 24th pick in the 2005 draft. But his long-term future has been a subject of speculation since the Packers traded four spots. in the first round to select Rodgers’ possible successor, Utah State quarterback Jordan Love, with the 26th pick in last year’s draft.

Rodgers acknowledged after last year’s draft that he was surprised by Love’s selection and that it complicated his hopes of ending his career in Green Bay.

“I certainly look back on last year’s draft and maybe some of the communication issues that we could have done better,” Gutekunst said. “There is no question about it. The draft is an interesting thing. It can unfold differently than you think it will unfold and it happens quite quickly. But I certainly think that looking back, sitting where we sat today, there might be some things of communication we did better. “

Rodgers has three years left on his contract after signing a four-year, $ 134 million extension in August 2018.

Even when Rodgers threw 48 NFL-leading touchdown passes and won his third Most Valuable Player award last season, he referred to his future as a “beautiful mystery.” Following the Packers’ NFC championship loss to Tampa Bay, Rodgers said “the future of a lot of the guys is uncertain, myself included.”

Aaron Rodgers injury Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers watches from the bench. (John Ehlke / West Bend Daily News via AP)[/caption]

Rodgers tried to clear up those post-game comments less than a week later when he said on “The Pat McAfee Show” that “I don’t think there’s any reason he wouldn’t be back” in 2021.

“There are conversations to have. I’m going to have them with the right people, ”Rodgers said at the time. “But they are the same conversations that we have every year. There’s no big, “ I’m going to come to the table with I need this, this, and this. ” We have honest conversations about where we are each year, whether it’s with Brian, Matt, Mark. I have had these conversations for years. That’s part of being a team leader and having a pulse on the team and the direction we’re going. “

This continues an eventful stretch for Rodgers, who got engaged to actress Shailene Woodley and had a stint as a guest host on “Jeopardy!” Rodgers said he would like to be the permanent host and that he believed it could fit into his soccer schedule.

Green Bay selected Rodgers while eventual Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre was still on their roster. Rodgers spent his first three seasons backing Favre, who announced his retirement in March 2008. When Favre came out of retirement later that year, the Packers traded him to the New York Jets and ushered in the arrival of Rodgers as their quarterback. of title field.

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