Aaron Rodgers aired out his grievances with the Green Bay Packers during a candid press conference on Wednesday, explaining that his offseason-long standoff was due to frustrations with the organization's unwillingness to seek his opinions on roster decisions and treatment of past veteran players.
In short, Rodgers' half-hour with reporters was rather unfiltered and forthright. But his drawn-out, carefully-crafted responses to some questions didn't come as any kind of a shock to CBS Sports senior NFL columnist Pete Prisco.
"I wasn't surprised, and I'm glad he did it," Prisco told the Tiki and Tierney show on Wednesday. "There was a lot of stuff out there this year and over the course of the last couple of years, I think he needed to clear some of that up. And I'm glad he did. I always thought he was going to play -- I was in the minority on that. I really heard from people in Green Bay that there was no way they were trading him. So, it was either you play or retire...
"This whole thing boils down to this: they thought he was declining, and that's why they [drafted] Jordan Love. And he came back and showed them, 'Nope, I can still play at an MVP level,' and that complicated the whole mess. If you've got a problem with the president of the team and that's the issue you have with the Green Bay Packers? I mean, that's absurd. You don't even have to interact with the guy, barely at all. So go play, get your money, and go win a Super Bowl..."
On Monday night, ESPN insider Adam Schefter reported that the Packers offered concessions to try to persuade Rodgers to return for at least one more season. This news came just hours after NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Rodgers "indicated to people close to him" that he planned on playing for Green Bay in 2021.
Although Rodgers' reworked contract with the Packers has yet to be finalized, the reigning league MVP is committed to the team in 2021. After that, all bets are off, as Rodgers said that he's not sure what the future holds and there will be "a lot of tough decisions" for the team at the end of the year.
Rodgers, at age 37, completed a career-high 70.7-percent of his passes for 4,299 yards with 48 touchdowns and five interceptions last season. He also set three NFL records -- including the most games (10) with a passer rating over 120.0 in a season -- and led Green Bay to an NFC title game appearance.
According to the William Hill Sportsbook, Green Bay is currently the favorite (-150) to win the NFC North division, and has the third-best odds (+650) to win the conference.
The entire NFL conversation between Prisco and Tiki and Tierney can be accessed in the audio player above.