Rob DimowskiESPN staff writer3 minutes to read
Green Bay, Wis. – Definitely sounds like The Green Bay Packers would rather move on from Aaron Rodgers and start the Jordan Love era right away.
While Packers president Mark Murphy hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Rodgers returning as the team’s starting quarterback, it appears he’s not the organization’s first choice based on what Murphy said Friday during an interview at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association girls’ basketball tournament, which takes place across the street from Lambeau Field in Resch Center Square.
“I mean, if things don’t turn out the way we want them to, yeah,” Murphy said on the WIAA broadcast when asked if there was a scenario in which Rodgers could return. “Obviously he’s a great player and four-time MVP, but I think he’s trying to find what he wants and what we want, and hopefully we can find a win-win situation.”
Murphy confirmed that the Packers have given Rodgers and the New York Jets permission to talk, which they did earlier this week when the Jets met with Rodgers in California.
“We gave them permission, but I really can’t go into specifics,” Murphy said. “We really hope we can come to a decision that works not only for Aaron but for us.”
Then Murphy He told Green Bay’s ABC affiliate WBAY that allowing Rodgers and the Jets to meet was to “help Aaron get what he wants as well as the Packers, and hopefully create a situation where it’s kind of a win-win for both sides.”
In that interview, he referred to Rodgers’ career in the past tense.
“Very few guys only play for one team, and obviously Brett had a great career, and Aaron had a great career here,” Murphy told WBAY. And no matter what happens, Aaron is going to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he’s going to be in our Hall of Fame and we’re going to bring him back and retire his number. But that’s just one of the things you go through as a team. And we.”
Murphy also presided over the Packers’ trade for quarterbacks Brett Favre to the Jets in 2008, paving the way for Rodgers to take over. He signed off on then-General Manager Ted Thompson’s decision to trade Favre and in theory would have to do so before current General Manager Brian Gutkunst can seal a deal.
Murphy reiterated that the Packers are hopeful a resolution can be found before Wednesday, the start of the NFL’s free agency.
The Packers seem ready to turn things around for Love, a 2020 first-round draft pick who has spent the past three seasons as a backup to Rodgers.
“We have great confidence in him,” said Murphy. “We recruited him and developed him. A lot of credit goes to our coaches and to Jordan. But we think he’s ready.”
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