Ryan Clark says that Aaron Rodgers' teammates won't feel any pain until it affects their games. (1:33).
GREEN BAY (Wis.) -- While the Green Bay Packers have not yet indicated whether Aaron Rodgers will be present Tuesday for veteran players to report for training camp due to start, they spoke Monday as if they believed he would play this season.
In his annual state-of-the-football-department address to Packers' shareholders at Lambeau Field, general manager Brian Gutekunst included Rodgers in the "strong returning nucleus" while acknowledging there may still be things to work out with the reigning NFL MVP.
Gutekunst stated, "We have been tirelessly working with Aaron and his representative to resolve the issues that he raised this offseason." "And we are hopeful for a positive solution."
Reporters asked Mark Murphy, Packers president, if Rodgers would report on time for training camp.
Murphy replied, "No, I don’t know,"
The man who led the Packers to the Rodgers-Brett Favre transition during the summer 2008 would not tell the Packers what Rodgers had told him.
Murphy stated that Murphy believes fans are frustrated by the current situation. "It's kinda a pox on Aaron and us, but we've been in constant communications, clearly months, and I believe that it will all be resolved."
Murphy and his team of executives entered Lambeau Field to a mix of applause mixed with boos as they took the stage on the playing surface.
Gutekunst's recap of the 2020 season was a loud one. He mentioned Rodgers being his third MVP.
Murphy reiterated that the Packers still want Murphy and they are committed to him for 2021 and beyond.
Murphy stated, "He is our leader and we're looking to win another Super Bowl together." It's been difficult for Aaron and our organization. Let's not forget the many great things Aaron has done to help this organization. Three-time MVP, Super Bowl champion. He's a tremendous talent, which is easy to forget. We are happy to have him."
Since ESPN's Adam Schefter broke news about Rodgers' disgruntlement with his team, Rodgers has remained silent. Rodgers stated several times to Kenny Mayne, during the longest interview he has given since then that he believes an organization should be all about people.
During Monday's meeting, Murphy stated that Lambeau Field was the greatest asset of the organization.
Murphy stated that he was "pleasantly shocked" by the fans' reaction after the meeting.
Murphy stated, "I was expecting more booing against Aaron or us, but I was surprised." Murphy said, "I don’t know if the Packers are against Aaron."
They want it to be resolved. I know that Aaron is a great player, but it can be easy to forget how he has performed in these situations. Aaron has been through many things and sustained many injuries and is now a great leader.
Rodgers stated in May that "sometimes people forget what really makes an organisation." The legacy of many who have gone before you is important. The most important thing is the people. Sometimes that's forgotten. People are what make an organization. Culture is built brick-by-brick, the foundation of it by people, and not by the company or the building. It is built by the people.
Rodgers will be under contract until 2023, but he skipped all offseason activities including the mandatory minicamp in June. In case Rodgers is not available, the Packers were able to have Jordan Love, second-year quarterback and 2020 first-rounder, ready for Rodgers' absence.