Aaron Rodgers did not arrive in time for the scheduled start of the Packers’ offseason workouts in Green Bay. Any other year, that sentence would be cause for complete panic among the Packers’ fan base, particularly when combined with recent articles about Rodgers’ displeasure about the Packers’ recent moves this offseason.
However, this year is not any other year, particularly where the weather is involved. Therefore, Rodgers’ arrival was delayed by Mother Nature, not by his own choice, and he did arrive in time for the start after it was pushed back to Tuesday. When he spoke to the media for the first time for 2018, Rodgers showed a much different tone than what was portrayed in articles over the weekend.
In total, Rodgers’ comments, his presence for workouts, and his sense of humor about the situation should ease the minds of worried Packers fans.
Aaron Rodgers talks offseason changes | Packers.com
If there is indeed any animosity between Rodgers and the Packers, he showed no signs of it on Tuesday during his first media interview. Sure, he's bummed about his position coach and one of his closest friends departing, but who wouldn't be? And more importantly, he said it did not change his plans to play out the rest of his career in Green and Gold.
Rodgers also took to Twitter to poke some playful jabs at the Packers’ website folks for having such a tame headline in the above article:
I feel like the title of this article needs more click bait. Come on GBP, make something up, or talk to some unnamed sources close to me or something to beef up the clicks. #dalailamaisapackersfan #bighitter #totalconsciousness #relax #fakenewstuesday #GBSnowday #meditation https://t.co/HnAvXBAsyl— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) April 17, 2018
Following that tweet, I joked that an upcoming headline should read “Aaron Rodgers is unhappy with the Packers (specifically their headline writers)” to give him the clickbait that he sarcastically asked for.
Aaron Rodgers' participation in Packers' offseason program says it all - ESPN
This is another good point - Rodgers could have easily skipped workouts (even forfeiting his half-million dollar workout bonus) if he really wanted to send a message. He didn't, showing up instead, and that's a message in and of itself.
Green Bay Packers may look to second round to draft receiver | Packersnews.com
I'm still holding out some home for Courtland Sutton or D.J. Moore, but Anthony Miller is becoming more and more intriguing the more I watch of him.
Jimmy Graham turned down ‘significant amount of money’ to join Packers | Packers Wire
The Packers gave Graham $30 million over three years, so what kind of number did he turn down?
Nick Nelson faces six-week recovery from knee surgery - NFL.com
This is great news for the Wisconsin cornerback, whose surgery to repair a torn meniscus ended up being less significant than expected. He should be back in time for training camp, a big plus for him and whatever team ends up drafting him.
Looking back at the weird 2012 NFL Draft. Is history repeating in 2018? - SBNation.com
There are some parallels here; in 2012, the Browns drafted a quarterback and a running back in round one. Meanwhile, the Patriots had two first-round picks coming off a Super Bowl loss. Browns fans would surely like to get more out of their two round-one picks than they did from Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden in 2012, however.