Green Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy commented on the team's apparent rift with team legend Aaron Rodgers during an appearance at Lambeau Field this week, calling the future Hall of Famer "complicated."
Murphy, addressing a small gathering at the team's stadium on Thursday, was asked about the Rodgers situation, according to NBC26 in Green Bay. The executive then cited conversations he used to have with later former Packers GM Ted Thompson, who died earlier this year and was responsible for drafting Rodgers in 2005.
"I'm often reminded though... of Ted Thompson, as most of you know, just a great general manager, passed away," Murphy said. "He often talked about Aaron, that he's a -- and it wasn't just Aaron, a lot of different players. He would say, 'He's a complicated fella.'
"So, I'll just say that," Murphy added.
The strange remarks came just days after Murphy turned heads with separate comments on the Rodgers drama, saying the episode was dividing the Packers' fan base.
Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP, is apparently seeking a trade out of Green Bay after the team drafted his heir apparent, Jordan Love, in the first round last year. The former California Golden Bears standout is also said to be disenfranchised over a lack of input on personnel decisions, including the release last season of a little-known special teams player with whom he was said to be friendly.
Rodgers so far is holding out from Packers offseason workouts while awaiting for a resolution to his liking. The team has indicated it is not keen to trade him.