The biggest story of the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft wasn't anyone selected, but rather a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter just hours earlier that Aaron Rodgers didn't want to return to the Green Bay Packers.
Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP, is apparently still upset that the Packers traded up in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft to select quarterback Jordan Love, among other things. Not only did this prevent the Packers from using their first-round pick on a player that could immediately improve a roster that had just reached the NFC Championship Game, but it was a move that the Packers made without letting Rodgers know about before the public.
Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, however, doesn't seem to feel any sympathy for Rodgers.
"Him being that upset shows me how weak he is," Bradshaw said Monday to Moose and Maggie on WFAN. "Who the hell cares who you draft? He's a three-time MVP in the league and he's worried about this guy they drafted last year at No. 1?
"...And for him to be upset, my god, I don't understand that. Pittsburgh drafted Mark Malone No. 1, Cliff Stoudt in the third or fourth round - I had them coming at me from all angles. I embraced it, because when we went to practice, I wasn't worried about those guys. They didn't scare me a bit. So I don't understand why he's so upset at Green Bay."
Over the weekend, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reported that Rodgers is willing to consider holding out or even retiring, rather than returning to the franchise if Brian Gutekunst remains the general manager. Robinson said that he got this information from "a source in Rodgers' camp." Gutekunst says that Rodgers hasn't told him that he thinks their relationship is past the point of no return, although it's hard to think that he would even if he feels that way.
While it's not clear if the Packers would considering making a change at general manager to appease Rodgers - or if a firing would actually make Rodgers want to stay with the Packers - Bradshaw is disgusted with the whole conversation.
"And then if they fire the general manager he'll come back? Are you kidding me? Really Aaron, that's where this is? Here's what I'd do - I wouldn't budge. Let him gripe, let him cry - retire, you're 38, go ahead and retire, see you later.
"I'm really strong about stuff like that, and it just makes him look weak. In my way [of looking at things], it makes him look weak. How dare you draft somebody! What did he say? ... Me being the MVP really screwed them, it really messed them up. Well, you're gonna make I don't know how much money, but obviously he doesn't need the money. So probably he should just retire and go do Jeopardy! That's the way I look at it, but I wouldn't budge. I'm strong about stuff like that. Either he gives in and Green Bay doesn't, or move on."
Gutekunst said after the first round of the NFL Draft that the team doesn't intend to trade the future Hall of Famer. We'll see if they change their mind on that after June 1.