The key to fixing the Aaron Rodgers situation in Green Bay might be a former Packers wide receiver.
Rodgers has made it clear that he's unhappy in Green Bay. The MVP quarterback did not show up for voluntary OTAs or mandatory minicamp. It's unclear when - or if - he will report to the team ahead of the regular season.
The Packers' front office continues to talk about Rodgers. Last week, Green Bay president Mark Murphy called Rodgers a "complicated fella."
Former Packers wide receiver James Jones reacted to those comments, agreeing with Murphy.
“I have a very good relationship with Mark Murphy,” Jones said. “Mark Murphy has a very good relationship with all of his players. . . . If you have a relationship with Aaron Rodgers, no, he’s not a complicated fella. And that’s with anything. You are talking about the future of a Hall of Fame quarterback’s career. Yeah, it’s gonna be complicated. He wants some things, you want some things. So it’s gonna be complicated. But listening to Mark Murphy talk, I am not reading into it too much. I’m pumping my brakes . . . I am relaxing. Don’t read too much into it. I know Mark personally, Mark loves all his players. And, yes, this situation is complicated because you’re dealing with a guy who wants certain things, you’re dealing with an organization who wants some things and you’re trying to come together as one to get this thing fixed. So it’s gonna be a little complicated. . . . So when you do have a relationship with him . . . no, it is not complicated. So get together, get a relationship with Aaron Rodgers like I have one, and get together and get it fixed.”
Pro Football Talk believes that Jones, who played in Green Bay from 2007-13 and again in 2015, could be the key to fixing this situation:
Actually, that could be the goal here by Rodgers, to get the Packers to reach out to Jones in an effort to broker peace. Jones has been saying it’s fixable. Jones provides a path to making things not complicated. And if things can become not complicated, then they can be fixed.
Bottom line? If Murphy truly wants to fix it (and frankly I don’t think he does), he just needs to call Jones and get him to be the one to rebuild the currently burned-out bridge between Murphy and Rodgers. That may be exactly what Rodgers is hoping to accomplish based on his relationship with a former teammate with a media platform.
Perhaps Rodgers is hoping that there will be a peacemaker between himself and the Packers front office. Or, maybe, he just wants out and is hoping someone can convince the front office of a trade.
Either way, it doesn't sound like Rodgers is anxious to fix the situation himself. So, it could be up to one of his teammates (current or former) to bridge the gap between the quarterback and the front office.