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We now know what the last straw was for Rodgers in Green Bay

Best. Weekend. Ever.

As if the weekend couldn’t get any better for Minnesota Vikings fans with a draft that did what many thought was impossible: A draft haul that made even Joe Johnson (me, owner of this site and purplePTSD.com/FranchiseTagged.com/TheDraftTeam.com) once again a member of the hopeful Minnesota Vikings fan bandwagon… There was also the news that perpetual side thorn in Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has officially had enough of the new regime in Wisconsin and officially wants out.

With the Vikings Draft haul, I am officially joining the hopeful Vikings fan bandwagon

It’s so good it must be fattening.

While there were unsubstantiated reports last season that the then new Packers powers that be and Aaron Rodgers weren’t meshing, we now know what the final straw was for Rodgers and where all this bad blood is coming from.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com explains:

For those of you who don’t want to watch the video, according to Rapoport reports that the release of Jake Kumerow before the 2020 season “drove Rodgers nuts” and was “described as a little bit of a death knell in the relationship” between the quarterback and decision-makers in the organization.

Apparently Rodgers beat Russell Wilson to the punch and wanted more input into personnel decisions. The irony there is that many had suspected that the final straw was the 2020 Draft, one in which Rodgers was widely expected to be given more receivers to throw to courtesy of the first round but instead sat back and watched as the Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love on TV like the rest of us instead.

Rodgers was so far out of the loop during the Draft that, again, he simply got the news from watching TV. His reaction? To down an entire bottle of tequila for the first time in his life, like the polar opposite of the post Super Bowl Tom Brady. Except in this instance instead of causing controversy by drunkenly throwing the Lombardi Trophy like it was a Nerf Ball, Rodgers threw… Up.

Talk about a tequila sunrise!

While no team wants to cede front office authority to a player, it would make sense to at least include your first-ballot franchise quarterback in your plan for the Draft. That way you can hear their thoughts on what would help them capitalize on their remaining prime years while also avoiding situations like this.

While this situation and especially the Russell Wilson one may seem like player empowerment turned entitlement, it actually more seems like the same NFL front office arrogance players and fans have experienced since the dawn of the league.

The NFL has long had laughable “contracts” not worth the ink that printed the terms that teams can seemingly void at any time. Sure, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins changed some of that, but we still hear on essentially a weekly basis that the NFL is a business. That’s code typically from the players that the NFL values money above all else (including or especially loyalty and/or appreciation to the countless men who have sacrificed their bodies and as we’re learning more-and-more minds to the game that makes team owners and the league billions each season).

If Aaron Rodgers can’t get the bare minimum from a franchise, especially one with new management? What chance does anyone else have?

I’m not anywhere near the biggest fan of Rodgers and his perpetual pouty vibe, but you have to understand his frustration. Then again, that could just be my conscious and subconscious elation that the Packers have yet again alienated a HoF QB to the point of that QB wanting out.

If only the timing lined up for the Vikings to sign Rodgers if/when he is released. Nothing outside of a Vikings Super Bowl victory would make me happier than hanging a purple Aaron Rodgers jersey on my wall next to my purple Brett Favre jersey and bright green Crocs, and I don’t have children.

So, let’s hope that Rodgers does put his money where his mouth is and ends up elsewhere in 2021. The Packers would, a la Favre in 2008, most likely only trade him to an AFC team.

That’d give him a season to toil away for a team like the Jets or Raiders, only to come to Minny in 2022 (when Cousins’ dead cap is a much more palatable ~ $10m). He could then ride out in the sunset with a Super Bowl victory and would give QB of (hopefully) the future Kellen Mond two great veterans to sit behind and learn from.

That is, of course, as long as the Vikings would either keep Rodgers posted on their draft picks/trade downs or at the very least pay part of his year-to-year contract in Patron.

Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson started purplePTSD.com back in 2015 & purpleTERRITORYradio.com in 2019, and purchased VikingsTerritory.com before the 2017-18 season , used to write for VikingsJournal.com and is the host of the ’Morning Joes’ & ‘About the Labor’ Podcasts, as well. Follow on Twitter: @vtPTSD

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Keith Richards
Keith Richards
1 month ago

Joe Johnson wears Crocs has an afro haircut and looks like he is 350 pounds. He mentions that he has no girlfriend or kids, what a surprise but has an opinion about how he thinks the greatest QB of all time is pouty… This guy is an absolute genius and should probably run for governor. Here’s to you Joe who the Packers perpetually destroy your Vikequeens every year it like getting up in the morning and putting your pants on one leg at a time except if your JJ who can’t put on pants because of his ever expanding waistline. He can’t wear shoes thus the ever expanding collection of Crocs he owns. When Rodgers comes back you will be looking at another 0-2 next year but you can keep praying Joe like dreaming of getting on a treadmill or having gastric bypass surgery.

Milesc
Milesc
Reply to  Keith Richards
1 month ago

Thats funny because the talent depleted roster the vikings fielded last year on defense whooped them packers pretty good in lambuea. Now that zimmer was allowed to spend on defense this FA period, along with the revamped offensive line, Green Bay should be quite a simple test of coaching. Our coach is better.

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