If we know anything about Brett Favre, it’s that he isn’t exactly the guy to tell something to if you want it to remain confident. And I’m sure Aaron Rodgers knows that better than anyone.
But when Rodgers was going through his tumultuous offseason with the Green Bay Packers front office, he kept his good friend and former teammate, Brett Favre, in the loop.
Sure enough, Favre shared his thoughts on where the distrust between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers stems from during a media appearance this week.
“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 on SiriusXM NFL Radio, per ProFootballTalk. “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.”
Brett Favre would go on to say that Aaron Rodgers has earned the right to be more of a voice with the front office when it comes to critical roster decisions.
“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. “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.”
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Much to the pleasure of Brett Favre and every other Packers fan, Aaron Rodgers showed up to Training Camp even after threatening retirement.
For now, he seems to be playing nice with GM Brian Gutekunst despite the obvious disconnect. But if the Packers season doesn’t go according to plan, don’t be surprised to hear some more comments coming from Aaron Rodgers’ camp.