Peyton Manning Takes a Side in the Aaron Rodgers-Packers Ongoing Drama

by Madison Miller

Amidst all the drama between the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers quarterback has retreated to Hawaii for a beach vacation alongside Shailene Woodley. Even though he’s out enjoying paradise, people are still talking about the NFL drama. Most recently, Peyton Manning has opened up about his thoughts on the entire situation.

“When I think of Aaron, I think of him as a Green Bay Packer. Hopefully they can get it worked out,” Manning said to TMZ Sports.

He also didn’t like the idea of Rodgers leaving to do “Jeopardy!” full time and instead suggested that he at least do both professions. Many fans and sports analysts are drawing an interesting connection between Rodgers and Manning. Peyton Manning spent 14 seasons as the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. In the process, he had been highly identifiable with the team.

However, he suddenly took a turn and started playing for the Denver Broncos for the last four seasons of his career. Despite this, Manning led both the Colts and the Broncos to two Super Bowls each. He is the first quarterback to have multiple Super Bowl starts with more than one franchise.

According to USA Today, the Colts left behind Peyton Manning after he had been still recovering from four different surgical operations on his neck. He was also due for a $28 million option bonus at the time. The team couldn’t afford to keep Manning and still meet their salary cap for the year. He also had a very below-average 2011 season right before the trade for Andrew Luck.

Peyton Manning Comments on Aaron Rodgers

While many players try to stick with one team their whole career, it just doesn’t always work out that way. Some of the most successful quarterbacks have switched teams after a decade with another. Tom Brady, Manning, and Joe Montana are all good examples.

“Aaron doesn’t need advice from me. He’ll make a good decision. . . . . I think every player, their goal is to stay in one team the entire time if they can. Obviously, Tom made a move,” Peyton Manning said.

It appears that Rodgers is not budging on his past statements. The Green Bay Packers and Rodgers are now just in an ongoing stalemate as both are unwilling to budge on their futures. Other teams have inquired about getting Rodgers, but no trade offer has been made. The Packers even offered to extend Rodgers’ contract.

According to ESPN, Rodgers won the MVP award in the previous season. There has never been a player that got traded directly after winning the award. At this point, it’s clear the Packers will do everything they can, but Rodgers really doesn’t seem content in Green Bay anymore.