Aaron Rodgers is FINALLY opening up about his issues with the Packers ... saying all of the drama this offseason was simply because he wanted more power in the org.
Rodgers broke it all down Wednesday in a lengthy meeting with reporters ... explaining he felt he earned the right to have more say with team decisions, but claimed Packers execs saw it differently.
The 37-year-old says back in February, he approached management about having more input in personnel decisions, free agency recruiting and even picking players in the draft.
Rodgers says he also sought more security with his contract ... hoping to avoid becoming a "lame-duck quarterback" in 2021.
The league's MVP, though, told media members the Packers just didn't give him what he wanted ... and that's when all the drama started.
Rodgers said at one point during his time away from the team as the beef stewed ... he actually contemplated retirement.
Aaron and the Packers clearly reached some sort of agreement over the last few weeks, however, and the QB told reporters Wednesday he was happy to be back playing for Green Bay this season.
But, Rodgers made it clear there's no guarantee he'll be under center for the Pack in 2022 ... saying it's all a wait-and-see game.
Check out Rodgers' full interview with media members below ... it sure sounds like this will be the last ride for the QB in Green Bay.
As for Wednesday's workout, Rodgers looked great in his first practice back with the team ... heaving passes and running drills without issue.
Regular season kicks off in September ... time to get the #12 cheeseheads ready, even if it's only for one more season!
It's finally over -- Aaron Rodgers has officially made his return to Green Bay ... ending his dramatic offseason feud with the Packers!!!
Of course, no one knew if this day would ever come -- AR12 made it explicitly clear he was unhappy with the franchise over his contract and other front office moves ... and was non-committal on ever suiting up for the Pack again.
But, Rodgers and GB were able to restructure his current deal on Monday, which opened the door to his departure in 2022.
The new conditions pleased the guy so much, he hopped on a private jet and made his way to Wisconsin on Tuesday morning ... before getting in his SUV and driving off to the team facility.
Rodgers made the most of his time away from the team -- he traveled all over the globe with his fiancee, Shailene Woodley ... and even got in some golf with his pals Tom Brady, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson.
Now, the signal-caller is prepping for his potential "Last Dance" with Green Bay ... and cheeseheads better enjoy every last bit of it.
Rodgers -- who's been feuding with Green Bay brass for MONTHS now -- still has not committed to playing for the Packers this season ... and it's unclear if he has any plans at all to join the club for training camp when it kicks off on July 26.
But, Lewis says he's predicting his quarterback will show up to the mandatory workouts in two weeks ... telling us out at LAX, "I think so."
"I hope so," the 37-year-old added. "I hope to see my guy there."
Lewis, though, made it clear he doesn't have too much inside information on the situation ... explaining, "We'll see what happens."
Rodgers has reportedly been upset over his contract situation, as well as some of the personnel moves the team has made ... and, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, it's unlikely he comes to camp without some sort of guarantee that he'll be traded after the season.
"My own opinion is I don't think we'll see Aaron Rodgers show up in Green Bay with 3 years left on the contract as it currently stands. ... There has to be, I think ... some sort of stipulation that makes it clear that the Packers will trade him after the season."— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) July 15, 2021 @GetUpESPN
As for how the quarterback has handled this offseason amid all the drama -- staying away from the Packers and instead jettisoning around the globe with his fiancee, Shailene Woodley -- Lewis tells us he's all for it.
"It's probably good for him to just give him some time to himself -- some family time," Lewis said. "Hopefully I see him on the 26th."
All of Green Bay is right there with you, Marcedes.
Move over, Gronk ... Green Bay Packers WR Devin Funchess just came through and set a new record for the longest helicopter catch ever --- at 750 feet!!!!
...and, he did it in his house slippers!!
It went down at the Denver Broncos stadium for a Global Field Day charity event where they were having some cool activities -- and that included trying to break Rob Gronkowski's record for longest catch from a helicopter.
In the clip you can see the chopper hovering above tossing the balls down as Funchess missed over and over!
But, then the Packers WR finally gets 2 hands on the rock rom what we are told is 750 feet -- A NEW WORLD RECORD!!!
It's unclear if the folks from Guinness World Record were on hand to certify the new record.
Everyone around DF went CRAZY -- hoisting up the new catch king to celebrate!
Gronk initially set the record back in April at the Arizona Stadium, his former college team -- catching a 600 yarder from the chopper in full AZ Wildcats gear.
Let's see if Gronk -- or a new challenger -- can top that!
Smith didn't mince words when talking about the Cheesehead drama ... saying straight-up, "With [Rodgers], they are a contender. Without him, they are not!"
Of course, the Packers certainly know that -- Rodgers is one of the greatest football players EVER -- but for some reason, they still haven't been able to squash the beef.
Rodgers has made it clear he's upset over his contract situation ... and reportedly, the 37-year-old ain't too happy with some of the team's personnel moves over the past few years either.
Smith is warning the Packers to get it all behind them quickly ... explaining the drop-off from Rodgers to Jordan Love in 2021 could be significant.
"My advice would be to hash out their differences," Smith said.
Smith tells us at the very least, the Packers have to figure out a way to hold onto Rodgers for at least one more year before they move on.
"It would be in everyone's best interest that Aaron is happy going into this season or he at least knows what his future is going to look like after the season is over."
Ya listenin', Green Bay?
The Milwaukee Bucks might not be able to beat Trae Young, but one of their most famous fans, Packers star David Bakhtiari, can sure help them win ANY beer drinking game ...
Here's the Green Bay offensive lineman showing he's still VERY good at throwing back suds ... sucking down a full beer in 3 seconds!!!
The impressive drinking feat all went down during the Bucks' playoff loss to Young's Hawks on Wednesday ... when Bakhtiari tried to fire up the crowd in Milwaukee with an epic chug.
Check out the footage ... dude gulped the full cup, no problem -- and then splashed the backwash all over his forehead!!
Of course, we've seen this kind of Herculean effort from David before ... you'll recall, he chugged THREE beers at a Bucks game with teammate Aaron Rodgers back in 2019.
Begs the question ... have his skills improved or diminished over the years?!
By the way ... how much better at drinking is Bakhtiari than NY Jets running back La'Mical Perine??
Yeah ... better take some notes from David here, LP!!
Brett Favre isn't freaking out about the GB Packers QB situation just yet -- telling everyone why they should hold off on pressing the "panic button" ... at least for now!
Favre's speaking his mind on everything from Aaron Rodgers missing mandatory mini-camp to how the coaching staff should prepare the offense with Jordan Love at the helm.
"It's not the first time someone's missed a mini-camp or an OTA," Brett said on "Bolling with Favre" on PodcastOne.
Favre says he has no idea how the Rodgers situation will play out -- but implores the Packers to start preparing as if Love will be the guy.
What that means is the coaches need to figure out a Plan B offense custom fit for Jordan Love -- and they need to figure it out fast.
"Now, you're really kinda studying what Jordan does best, what he does similar to Aaron, how that relates to how I call the game in the future," Favre said.
"Do I do certain formations and plays that Aaron ran well because Jordan seems to run these well, or is he a totally different quarterback?"
"That's a question that they gotta answer and answer very quickly."
As for that "panic button" -- Brett says hold off on pushing it until they know whether or not Aaron will report to training camp this month.
Aaron Rodgers won't have to wait long to avenge his playoff loss to Tom Brady ... the two QBs are set to face off on the golf course in July -- with Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau tagging along too!!
The PGA Tour just confirmed Rodgers and DeChambeau will go head-to-head against Brady and Mickelson in the next iteration of The Match -- and it'll all go down on July 6.
According to the Tour, the round will take place at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana ... and it's must-see TV.
The storylines are endless -- will Tom finally break out his driver? Will DeChambeau hit a 400-yard tee shot? How much smack will Phil talk?
And, of course, will Rodgers -- who famously lost to Brady in the NFC Championship Game last January -- still be a Green Bay Packer by tee time?!?!
If you're unfamiliar, The Match has been going on for the past few years ... with athletes and pro golfers teaming up to provide amazing TV all while benefitting charities.
In that round, Brady refused to take out a driver off the tee ... but Mickelson is already vowing to change all of that and bring home the W this summer.
"Tom and I have some unfinished business," Mickelson said Wednesday. "Unfortunately it will be at Bryson and Aaron’s expense."
Even Tom's already talking trash, firing away at Rodgers on Twitter ... "[DeChambeau] better get used to laying up because we know @AaronRodgers12 isn’t going for it."
Sick burn ... we're sure somewhere in Hawaii, A-Rodge just spit up his pina colada!!
Aaron and Shailene Woodley -- along with Miles and his wife, Keleigh Sperry, spent their Tuesday hiking around Maui ... exploring the lush green wilderness with massive smiles on their faces!
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Of course, back home on the mainland ... Aaron is in a cold war with the Packers, which are currently holding OTA workouts with the team.
The workouts are voluntary and clearly, Aaron isn't torn about his decision at all -- just look at how happy he is on the islands!!
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We know Aaron is a pro athlete who's been playing at the highest level for years -- but look at that physique, dude is jacked!
After the hike, the group decided to flex their pipes -- singing the Taylor Swift hit, "The 1."
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Earlier this week, Aaron was on the guitar as they jammed to hits like "Wagon Wheel" ... good times!
Bottom line, Vacation Aaron is LOVING LIFE right now -- really feeling that Aloha spirit.
When's Hawaii gonna get an NFL team?!
Emotional moment after the Packers' workouts Tuesday ... star RB Aaron Jones was asked how he's doing in the wake of his father's death, and he couldn't help but tear up talking about it all.
Jones' dad tragically passed away at 57-years-old from COVID-19 complications in early April ... and the Green Bay tailback took it very hard.
He and his father, Alvin Jones Sr., were super close ... and Aaron told media members Tuesday he owes his entire football career to the man.
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In fact, Aaron said every time he plays a snap in the NFL for the rest of his life -- it's now getting dedicated to Alvin Sr.
"The rest of my career will be dedicated to my father," the 26-year-old said. "I mean, he's the reason I started playing football. He's what kept me going so many times when, as a kid, you want to give up, he's what kept me going."
"So, like I said, I'm going to dedicate the rest of my career to him."
Aaron was asked several more questions about his father and how his Packers teammates were helping him get through the tough time ... and that's when tears started flowing from his eyes.
"I have a locker room full of brothers here who are making sure I'm OK," Aaron said. "So, some nights I'm there with them on their couch and different things like that."
"So, that's what this game is all about. Having your brothers around you."
Aaron went on to thank the entire Packers org. for helping with the situation ... adding, "I'm thankful for all those guys in the locker room to the upstairs management who've made sure that I'm OK and continue to check on me."
The QB room in Green Bay just got a whole lot less awkward ... Aaron Rodgers finally broke his silence on his beef with the Pack -- and he insisted Jordan Love is NOT the problem.
The reigning NFL MVP joined Kenny Mayne for the legendary anchor's final SportsCenter on Monday ... and revealed his issues with his team do not stem from them drafting Love last year.
"With my situation, look, it's never been about the draft pick, them picking Jordan," Rodgers said. "I love Jordan. He's a great kid. Lot of fun to work together."
Many assumed it was the exact opposite ... 'cause after Green Bay took Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft instead of a receiver, Rodgers had seemed blindsided.
But, Aaron went on to say during his interview with Mayne that he's more upset with the way he believes the Packers have changed their "philosophy."
"I love the coaching staff, love my teammates, love the fan base in Green Bay -- it's been an incredible, incredible 16 years," Rodgers said. "It's just kind of about a philosophy."
"And, you know, and maybe forgetting that it is about the people that make the thing go. It's about character. It's about culture. It's about doing things the right way."
In other words, it's clear Rodgers is upset his team wouldn't commit to him with a fresh, new contract after his monster 2020 season.
"The wrench was just kind of thrown into it when I won MVP and played the way I played last year," Rodgers said. "So, this is just kind of the, I think, the spill out of all that."
So, where do they go from here? Rodgers -- who partied in Hawaii over the weekend instead of prepping for Packers organized team activities this week -- sure seemed like a guy who was pretty dug in on the ride being over in Green Bay.
As for the Packers, they've insisted they're going to do everything they can to keep their QB under center for the foreseeable future.
The Green Bay head coach said there's been no movement in the drama with the team's star -- it seems Rodgers still wants out and the Packers still want him back -- but it's obvious, LaFleur is pleading for all that to change ASAP.
"I've got nothing new to update," LaFleur said of the situation. "We still obviously feel the same way, we want him back in the worst way."
He continued, "I know he knows that. We'll continue to work at it each and every day."
Rodgers has been upset with his contract situation AND some of the personnel moves that the Packers have made recently ... and he's reportedly told teammates he's done in Wisconsin.
The Packers say they have denied any and all trade offers for the 37-year-old, though ... and insist they're going to do everything they can to make the signal-caller happy.
LaFleur said he was not sure if Rodgers would be in attendance for Organized Team Activities later this month ... explaining, "I'm not going to make any assumptions about anything at this point."
Translation ... please come back soon, Aaron. Please.
"The whole stadium is not nice. There's nothing fancy about it. It's bleacher seats!"
That's Vikings star Adam Thielen taking a verbal dump all over Lambeau Field ... and, yeah, Packers fans ain't exactly loving it.
The Minnesota wide receiver threw the jabs on GOLF's Subpar podcast earlier this month ... straight-up saying Green Bay's famous stadium is just not as nice as the Vikings'.
Of course, the comments have been polarizing ... with even Cleveland Browns legend Joe Thomas racing in to defend the facilities.
"Lambeau field is the coolest stadium to play at in pro football," the former O-lineman said.
But, Thielen is admittedly biased ... he's a longtime Viking who's been trained to hate the Pack -- and he even said Lambeau is actually his favorite place to play because a win there is just so sweet.
"There's nothing better than leaving Lambeau with a victory," the 30-year-old said. "There's literally nothing better."
Thielen continued, "On the reverse side, there's nothing worse than losing there."
Thielen and his Vikings team will make their return to Lambeau at some point next season ... 'bout time to get the popcorn ready.
Legendary NFL coach Mike Holmgren says the Aaron Rodgers drama in Green Bay is all the Packers' fault ... and he says if he were running the show there, it would've never gotten to this point.
The 72-year-old -- who coached the Pack from 1992-1998 -- broke it all down on the "Carmen and Jurko" show on ESPN Chicago ... saying straight-up the Packers blew their marriage with the QB.
"I can't imagine a relationship between the coach, or management, or whoever is making the decisions and a star quarterback like that getting to this point," Holmgren says.
"I just can't imagine it. I wouldn't allow it. It wouldn't happen."
Holmgren says the team should have looped in Rodgers before it drafted Jordan Love in 2020 ... adding Green Bay should've done everything in its power to keep the future Hall of Famer happy.
"With a franchise quarterback and a guy as good as Aaron -- you don't treat all the players the same," Holmgren said. "You have a line that no one crosses, but I would call him in and say, 'Look, we're going to do this. This is how it's going to affect you.'"
"'We've got to get ready for when you retire. We've got to kind of think of the franchise. But, nothing's going to happen now. You're the man. You're the guy.'"
Holmgren says he believes that would have resolved issues ... and even if it didn't, he says he would've found other ways to fix it.
Holmgren, though, explained, "It's a different world now. It's a different world."
For their part, the Packers say they're confident the issues with Rodgers will be fixed in time for the 2021 season ... with GM Brian Gutekunst saying just days ago, "I do think he'll play for us again."
The Hall of Famer explained his thoughts on the Green Bay drama during his "Bolling With Favre" podcast this week ... saying the Packers better fix the issues with their QB -- or else.
"Knowing Aaron, and I think I know him fairly well, if he has a grudge, whether it be against the organization or a player or an arch rival or family, friends -- he ain't budging," Favre said.
"Whatever the issue is, if it's not resolved -- or even if it's resolved but he feels like they got one up on him -- he ain't going to play," Favre continued. "Knowing Aaron, he would sit."
Rodgers currently has a multitude of problems with the Packers org. ... most notably, he's reportedly in a pretty nasty spat over his current contract situation.
But, the QB is also upset over several personnel moves the team has made recently -- including when they picked quarterback Jordan Love in the 1st round of the 2020 NFL Draft instead of a top wideout.
Favre says he's not sure exactly what Rodgers' biggest gripe is with the team ... but he's warning his former squad to fix things ASAP.
"He would forgo a lot of money [by sitting out]," Favre says, "but he's also got a lot of money."
For their part, the Packers have said they're trying to make their superstar happy ... with the team's GM, Brian Gutekunst, saying last week Green Bay is in the process of working things out with the quarterback.
"With him being that upset shows me just how weak he is."
Terry Bradshaw is straight-up PISSED over the way Aaron Rodgers is handling his beef with the Packers ... and the Hall of Famer is growing so tired of seeing it, he's now urging the NFL MVP to just retire.
Bradshaw dropped the passionate criticism while appearing on WFAN's "Moose & Maggie" this week ... repeatedly calling Rodgers "weak" for beefing with the Pack.
"For him to be upset, my God, I don’t understand that," Bradshaw says.
"Who the hell cares who you draft?" Terry added. "He's a three-time MVP in the league and he’s worried about this guy they drafted last year [Jordan Love]?!"
Bradshaw says if he were running the Packers, he would NOT give into Rodgers' trade demands ... and would simply just let the quarterback walk if he's truly that upset.
"Here’s what I would do: I wouldn’t budge," Bradshaw said of how he'd handle running the Packers through this drama.
"Let him gripe. Let him cry. Retire. You are . Go ahead and retire. See you later. I’m really strong about stuff like that. It just makes him look weak."
Bradshaw continued, "Probably he should just retire and go do 'Jeopardy!' That's the way I look at it. But, I wouldn't budge. I'm strong about stuff like that. I wouldn't budge a bit."
Bradshaw says back when he was with the Steelers ... he embraced when his team would draft other QBs to try to replace him -- explaining, "I wasn’t worried about those guys."
"They didn’t scare me a bit. So, I don’t understand why he is so upset at Green Bay.”
For his part, Rodgers has reportedly been mad at the Packers for months ... upset over his contract and some of the team's personnel decisions -- including when GB picked Love in the 1st round of the 2020 NFL Draft instead of selecting a top wide receiver.
Packers brass has said repeatedly it will not trade the disgruntled star ... with GM Brian Gutekunst saying last week, "I do think he'll play for us again."
We'll see ...