ESPN’s latest Aaron Rodgers report catches some ESPN scrutiny


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On Tuesday morning, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Packers previously offered to make quarterback Aaron Rodgers the highest-paid player in NFL history, and that Rodgers declined. By Tuesday evening, multiple ESPN analysts had questioned the report, sort of.

Sarah Spain of ESPN made it clear (as we did) that there’s nothing new about this supposed news. “We heard about the Packers offering Rodgers a 2-year extension that would make him the highest paid man in [football] months ago,” Spain tweeted.

Later, Tony Kornheiser of ESPN violated the cardinal rule of #Scooptown. During Pardon The Interruption, Kornheiser openly speculated about Schefter’s source.

“I think it’s leaked by the Green Bay Packers,” Kornheiser said. “I think what they do is aim it at their fans and say, ‘Look, we tried to give him more money, we tried to give him more years, we did everything we could and he spit in our face.’ I think that’s the way they will try to spin it.”

Kornheiser is right. But, frankly, Schefter could be playing both sides of this one, in the name of keeping an open pipeline with the Packers and the Rodgers camp. Today’s fresh leak of old news, as broadcast by Schefter, helps the Packers paint Rodgers as unreasonable, only six days before the annual meeting of shareholders at Lambeau Field. By adding that Rodgers’ denial means it’s not about money (if definitely does not), Schefter also throws a bone to the player, likely ensuring that they won’t be upset with his handling of the situation.

Still, as explained earlier, the dollars offered to Rodgers don’t mean anything. The structure does. And no one has leaked whether the Packers have offered anything to Rodgers that would guarantee he’ll be on the team beyond 2021.

Aaron can clarify this himself next month when he works at ESPN.

Wake me up when he shows up to play or is traded.

I’d call Schefter a weasel but why insult weasels

Schefter, Woj, etc…always trying to be relevant and using “sources” to speculate.

Regardless of when the story broke, entertain all offers and trade the diva. Get him outta here!

Yeah who wants the reigning MVP on their team!? What are we, suckers? I’m sure J. Love will do just as well as other Packer greats like Brett Hundley and DeShone Kizer.

Lol Nightwanderer you are brilliant. You wrote that long comment, knowing exactly who’s name to mention, mention in a good light of course, ensuring the comment gets posted. Good work bro.

Surferbob gotta say I love the handle, nice.

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3 games on the Packers schedule which will define their season

FanSided 20 July, 2021 - 08:01pm

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – DECEMBER 13: Head coach Matt LaFleur of the Green Bay Packers offers a high five during the second half against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 13, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

No NFL fanbase is more desperate for the regular season to begin than the Packers. Green Bay supporters are already exhausted by the Aaron Rodgers melodrama. They can’t wait to see their beloved Packers back on the field of play.

Assuming the Rodgers situation gets resolved such that he remains the team’s starter, the Packers will once again fancy themselves as legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Having such a prolific quarterback gives them a chance to win every game they play. Green Bay’s coaching staff hopes the defense enjoys enough internal improvement to hold up their end of the bargain this season.

As usual, Green Bay’s season will be defined by a handful of regular season games. Packers fans should focus on the following three contests as potential “make or break” matchups for their favorite team.

The NFL schedule makers dialed up a high-profile matchup between the Packers and Saints for Week 1 of the regular season. Drew Brees’ retirement raises serious questions about the quality of Sean Payton’s team moving forward.

The Packers can’t afford to get caught up in the gimmick nature of the Saints offense led by either Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill. The simple truth is that neither player is capable of operating the offense at the high level that Brees did for so long.

No Week 1 game is truly a must-win matchup, but this would be an ugly loss for a Packers team that wants to quiet the noise of a messy offseason as quickly as possible. Green Bay doesn’t need to play perfect football in their opener, but they need to leave New Orleans with a W.

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