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Mike Greenberg on the Packers/Aaron Rodgers relationship moving forward

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 17: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 17, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

On a Wednesday morning edition of “Get Up” on ESPN, the panel discussed the current situation regarding Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. A week removed from Rodgers’ COVID-19 diagnosis, they deliberated on what could become of the relationship moving forward. Guest speaker Mike Tannenbaum suggested that the team could encourage Rodgers, expressing a willingness to help manage the media attention he has received and let the star QB in on roster decisions in the future. Mike Greenberg spoke more on that front in response.

“There is an expression. It’s never one that I like because it sounds so cold but ‘in every crisis there is opportunity.’ Anyone who has ever been in the middle of any kind of firestorm, […] you remember the people who were in your corner. So I do think that there is an opportunity for the Packers to not only mend whatever remains in that relationship with Rodgers, but maybe create it anew.”

Mike Greenberg

Along with his contraction of the coronavirus, Aaron Rodgers’ vaccination status became apparent. Having misled the public by saying he had been “immunized” months ago, he received a bevy of criticism in return. Given the mess that has become of Rodgers’ relationship with his team, this latest development could become a crutch for both sides to meet in the middle eventually.

What happened between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers?

Despite winning the league MVP award last season, Aaron Rodgers sought more from the Packers. They lost in the NFC Championship Game for the second straight year. It adds to the frustration this result brings that Green Bay spent their first two picks in the 2020 NFL draft on positions of strength. These things, along with other presumed factors, led Rodgers to a boiling point that saw him request a trade.

He would persist in his demands until he settled on restructuring his contract. This gave Green Bay one season to decide and act accordingly on what to do with their franchise player. It appears that the time has now come for them to put their foot forward on the matter. In the meantime, Aaron Rodgers is slated to return to action this week. The Packers will look to bounce back as they host the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night.

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