Report: Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers doesn’t want to return to Packers

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) evades a tackle as he looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of the NFC championship game in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (Mike Roemer/AP)

Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers is disgruntled with the Green Bay Packers and doesn’t want to return to the team, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Packers are reportedly aware of how Rodgers feels and have had president Mark Murphy, general manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur each meet with the 37-year-old this off-season.

Gutekunst maintains the Packers “are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond,” per Schefter, and have no interest in trading the future Hall of Famer. Neither Rodgers nor the team have budged on their respective stances.

There are varying reports about what has led to Rodgers’ frustration with the team.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it comes from a contract dispute with the team and if an extension can be reached it “should take care of the matter.”

However, Schefter reports Rodgers is “unhappy for a variety of reasons,” including the Packers’ surprise decision to trade up in the first round of last year’s draft to acquire quarterback Jordan Love, and that the situation “is about way more than a contract.”

News of Rodgers’ apparent desire to leave Green Bay comes after a report the San Francisco 49ers reached out to the Packers about trading for the three-time MVP, but were told there was “zero chance” the team would trade Rodgers.

Rodgers is coming off one of his best pro seasons in what had already been a Hall of Fame career, leading the NFL in touchdown passes (48), completion percentage (70.7) and passer rating (121.5). He led the Packers to a 13-3 record, an NFC North division title and an appearance in the NFC Championship game.

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