The Green Bay Packers still don’t know if disgruntled quarterback and reigning NFL Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers will report for training camp July 27, but there appears to be a growing feeling he will eventually return to the team amid rumors he doesn’t want to play another down for the organization.
Per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, former teammate A.J. Hawk called his shot on “The Pat McAfee Show” and said A-Rod won’t be going anywhere before at least the end of the upcoming season.
“What have I said from the start? I said, ‘I don’t see him playing anywhere else,'” Hawk explained. “I don’t see Green Bay trading him. I don’t see that happening. I don’t know how it has to work, but yeah, I feel like he’s going to be in Green Bay.”
This isn’t the first time somebody with alleged inside information made such a prediction. It was back in the first half of June when former Packers wide receiver James Jones told Colin Cowherd:
“I truly believe that he will be there for training camp, this will get fixed, and I think the relationship will get much better between him and (general manager Brian Gutekunst).”
Jones added he talks to Rodgers “all the time.”
There’s more. According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Chiari, ESPN NFL insider Jeremy Fowler reported on a Thursday edition of “SportsCenter” there is a “slightly growing sense” among some NFL personalities that this story only ends with Rodgers eventually taking snaps for the Packers.
Rodgers is still signed through 2023, turns 38 years old in December, and is running out of options considering the majority of even moderate contenders have QB1s or won’t blow things up during the preseason with so little time to prepare for September. Unless Rodgers is legitimately willing to sit the 2021 season out, multiple signs are pointing to him leading the Green Bay offense again this fall.