Amid all the drama of the NFL draft, Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL analyst Terry Bradshaw has some harsh words for Green Bay Packers quarterback and MVP Aaron Rodgers.
Here’s the context: Tensions have been rising between Rodgers and Packers management since the Packers decided to draft Rodgers’ replacement, Jordan Love, in 2020. Finally, Rodgers reached his breaking point. ESPN reported Friday that Rodgers doesn’t want to keep playing for the Packers next season.
Over the weekend, some reports emerged that Rodgers was demanding General Manager Brian Gutekunst leave or he himself would go. That followed Gutekunst’s statement at a press conference two days earlier that “he’ll play for us again,” per Fox Sports. But Gutekunst has said that he’s never heard that from Rodgers publicly or privately.
Terry Bradshaw Piles On
Now Bradshaw is piling on, sharing his views of Rodgers’ predicament.
“With him being that upset [it] shows me just how weak he is,” Bradshaw said on WFAN radio’s “Moose & Maggie.” “Who the hell cares who you draft? He is a three-time MVP in the league and he’s worried about this guy they drafted last year.”
Bradshaw stressed that he didn’t see any reason for Rodgers to be this upset. But Rodgers apparently took offense to the team’s decision to draft Love. And it reportedly didn’t help matters last season when someone decided the Packers should kick a field goal instead of going for a touchdown at a crucial moment in the Packers’ 31-26 NFC Championship loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I don’t know what was said behind the scenes,” Bradshaw said. “I don’t know if he said, ‘Look I’ll play [in 2020] and then I want out of here,’ and they said, ‘Fine.’ Then he is the MVP of the league. None of us know unless he told some insiders and they are saying it. I don’t hear it. For him to be upset, my God, I don’t understand that.”
Rodgers Wanted to Be More Involved in Personnel Decisions
According to Bleacher Report, the Packers’ decision to release Jake Kumerow one day after Rodgers publicly said he considered the wide receiver to be a lock was another low point in Rodgers’ relationship with management.
Rodgers reportedly wanted to be included more in personnel decisions, and the Kumerow cut “drove Rodgers nuts,” per NFL.com.
Rodgers always has the option of retiring early, but with the NFL MVP at the top of his game, that may be the option of last resort.