If listening was a problem between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers front office this offseason, legendary quarterback Brett Favre believes it’s going to change.
The Hall of Fame quarterback is predicting that the Packers will do everything they can to listen to Rodgers moving forward.
Rodgers, who wanted out of Green Bay this offseason, returned to the Packers for training camp. He’s 100 percent committed for the 2021 season.
If the 2021 season is going to be his last in Green Bay, Favre believes he’ll go out with the Packers trying everything they can to keep him – including listening on personnel moves.
“I do think this in regards to Aaron [Rodgers] but also let’s say Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, guys who’ve paid their dues and certainly should be listened to when, you know, let’s just use Aaron as an example,” Favre said on Sirius XM Radio. “If he goes in and says, ‘Look, I really think we need to keep this guy. I really love the rapport I have with him. I trust everything he does on the field and that’s hard to come by. Let’s retain the guy, whatever it takes. Let’s do that.’ I think that’s justifiable, for Aaron to speak up or any guy who’s paid his dues. And I think it would be unwise as an organization to not listen to the guy who’s pulling the trigger. You know, your take from a General Manager perspective obviously is different because you’re thinking about the team as a whole, but also the future and the present. So yeah, I certainly think that that’s a tough job, but the guy that’s pulling the trigger for you deserves to be listened to and in some cases, you act on his wishes. So I think that’s what we’re going to see happen from now on.”
Favre admitted that he sensed Rodgers had an issue with the Packers front office in previous conversations.
“What I sensed in our conversations was frustration on his part in regards to retaining players, or letting guys go that he felt like were very instrumental in their success,” Favre said. “And was not given any heads up on either bringing someone back or letting someone go. Now that being said, that happened to me numerous times. You know, you lose a guy that you become really good friends with. Maybe it’s a receiver that you had a rapport with that you feel like you’ll never get with anyone else and he showed no signs of declining and it was like a no brainer, bring the guy back. But that’s the way it was.”
That’s all in the backseat for now, though.
Rodgers and the Packers will open the 2021 regular season on Sunday against the Saints.