Packers GM admits he hasn’t spoken to Aaron Rodgers in awhile
In the last few weeks, there have been rumblings surrounding Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers growing frustrated with the lack of communication from the organization. It has created some stir surrounding the team with their franchise quarterback reportedly unhappy with how the team has operated with their offseason moves that included letting go of longtime wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
Rodgers has also voiced displeasure with the Packers moving on from quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt to bring in Frank Cignetti without talking to him. What has made this matter more concerning is that general manager Brian Gutekunst voiced that he hasn’t talked to the 34-year-0ld in quite some time, via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.
“To be honest with you, I’ve been kind of all consumed with the draft thing, so I haven’t had really hardly any discussions with any of our players since we’ve kind of started,” Gutekunst said, via video posted by packersnews.com. “I welcome them. As far as [Rodgers], I’ve certainly have seen what’s been reported. Nobody’s voiced any frustrations to me or anything like that. I’m always one to listen to any of our coaches, players or scouts. Ultimately, at the end of the day, it’s my job to focus on the task at hand, which is make decisions for the Green Bay Packers on our roster. But I’ve always felt I was a good listener. I’ve listened a lot the last couple of weeks and I’ll continue to do so.”
Green Bay hasn’t exactly handled this situation with their star quarterback in the manner given what he has accomplished with the franchise throughout his career. He has led the team to a tremendous amount of success over the years, which would lend well to the belief that Rodgers would be more involved in helping shape the team around him.
What has been made this more intriguing is that Rodgers is in the fourth year of his five-year, $110 million deal that has only pressed the issue on getting a new extension put in place. Despite all of this recent chatter, there is still much optimism that a new deal will be worked at some point near in the future.
With the 2018 NFL Draft just a few days away, it should all for Gutekunst to shift his attention toward working things out with Rodgers for the betterment of the long-term future of the franchise.