Talk of Aaron Rodgers possibly leaving the Green Bay Packers picked up steam following the NFC Championship Game last Sunday.
The 37-year-old reportedly wants a new contract, but while it is unlikely he would leave the Packers, speculation about his relationship with the organization is still swirling.
Former Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang, who remains close with Rodgers, joined WXYT’s “The Ticket” on Monday and said he believes that Packers quarterback is “hellbent on some revenge” toward ownership.
“I think he was quietly pissed when they took Jordan Love a year ago,” Lang said. “The one thing I’ll say about Aaron Rodgers, pretty much the last 10 years of his career he’s wanted that team to just go all-in for one year. ‘Just give me some pieces, let’s just go all-in, let’s trade a future first if we have to get a couple guys. Let’s just go all-in and try to win this thing.’
“And then last year, he hinted at them doing that, ‘Hey, I’m excited, let’s see who they can bring in,’ and they bring in a QB. I think that was the ultimate slap to the face when you feel like you’re one pice away from winning the whole thing.”
Lang does not envision a scenario where Rodgers leaves the Packers, but he does think the quarterback will force the Packers’ hands in what they have to do in order to keep him on the team.
“I think he’s gonna make them pay, man,” Lang said. “I think he’s gonna want some sort of new deal where they guarantee a couple more years for him, security wise, being in Green Bay. I don’t think he wants to go anywhere, but I think he’s going to hold their feet to the fire and say, ‘Hey, if you’re going to keep me around, A) you’re going to pay me, and B) you’re going to bring in some players that I want to play with where we can take this next leap.”
Lang believes that the Packers will have no choice but to be more aggressive in getting pieces around Rodgers.
“Aaron Rodgers, sitting in the driver’s seat right now coming off an MVP year,” he said. “He just gets to sit back and plan his future out the way he wants to, and not a lot of guys have that authority or leverage.”