The Green Bay Packers maintain that they plan for Aaron Rodgers to be their quarterback for the foreseeable future. Team president and CEO Mark Murphy doubled down on that during his latest Q&A column for the team's website.
Obviously, the Rodgers situation is top of mind for everyone around the NFL, and especially the Packers organization. While the team would now free up significant salary cap space by dealing him, as Mike Florio wrote this week, there is little incentive for the team to do so before next offseason, when it would potentially have a bigger market, and a better sense of what draft pick compensation for the 2022 NFL Draft would look like.
That may be a worse case scenario. The team would like their reigning MVP quarterback to rejoin the club and play. Murphy reiterated as much, though he admits that the situation has "divided our fan base."
"The situation we face with Aaron Rodgers has divided our fan base," Murphy said on Packers.com. "The emails and letters that I've received reflect this fact. As I wrote here last month, we remain committed to resolving things with Aaron and want him to be our quarterback in 2021 and beyond."
Murphy included a bit of a message for Rodgers, after the quarterback's recent appearance on Kenny Mayne's final SportsCenter, where he went public with his issues for the first time.
"We are working to resolve the situation and realize that the less both sides say publicly, the better," Murphy added.
The column also featured a defense of general manager Brian Gutekunst, in response to a suggestion that the team trades for Julio Jones. Gutekunst is reportedly the subject of most of Rodgers' disdain within the franchise.
"I must tell you that I have tremendous confidence in Brian Gutekunst. In his relatively short tenure as our GM, he has completely turned around the fortunes of our team. He has put together a talented team (last year we had the most players voted to the Pro Bowl) that has a 28-8 record over the last two years, after consecutive losing seasons in 2017 and 2018, and has played in back-to-back NFC Championship games. Moreover, he has a great working relationship with Head Coach Matt LaFleur. He and EVP/director of football operations Russ Ball have managed our salary cap smartly and have us well positioned for the future."
This certainly won't be the last time Murphy is asked about the future Hall of Fame quarterback, especially if he remains absent when training camp rolls around.