It seems there is no escape.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur were hit with a tidal wave of questions from Aaron Rodgers at the NFL Scouting Combine this week in Indianapolis.
“You always want to be respectful because I know it’s a lot to take on,” LaFleur said. “He has a lot to think about. Certainly, I make sure to communicate regularly with him. But I also want to be respectful of his time and the process he has to go through.
Do you see what I see? RESPECT. LaFleur didn’t just say it once, he mentioned it twice. I think that’s great. Clearly, LaFleur wants his back-to-back MVP back, but the Green Bay head coach entering his fourth season also knows how important it is to give space to the future First Ballot Hall of Famer.
The Packers, as we all know, are in a precarious position. They are awaiting a decision before they can decide on Davate Adams, De’Vondre Campbell and others.
So this waiting game isn’t just testing the Packers’ patience, it’s testing their words. They know that if they make a misstep, it could mean the No.12 chooses not to return to retirement or a forced trade.
Rodgers remained the topic of the day in a place and time reserved for NFL prospects. Obviously this whole process hasn’t been easy for anyone and it would be easy for the Packers to show their frustration at a time like this, but I think it also shows that there has been real growth between both parts from last year to this year. .
“I think, especially with Aaron, he has a very difficult process that he goes through to prepare to play every season,” Gutekunst said. “It’s a big commitment, and he’s been doing it for a long time, and it definitely shows in the results. I think he feels he has to do it to be ready to play at the level he’s playing. So I know It weighs on him, but I think he’s going through it now.
So LaFleur and Gutekunst are taking the right approach here. The only way to combat this is with a tall glass of understanding. The ball is in Rodgers’ court because the Packers have said time and time again that they would rather reclaim their four-time All-Pro.
The roster can’t be put together until Rodgers makes a decision, so there’s no point complaining about it. The figure that continues to circulate is close to $50 million. If so, then Russ Ball, the director of football operations for the Packers, has a big task ahead of him in order to build a championship football team.
But in the meantime, the Packers are going to give Rodgers his space, respect his time and let him make a decision.
Even if the Packers banged their fists on the table, Rodgers wouldn’t decide any quicker.
Rodgers has until Tuesday. Go for a long walk or finish that novel you just read. It’s gonna be a while.