Report: NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers says he does not want to return to Packers

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
Mike Roemer

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers celebrates as he walks off the field after an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 28-23 to advance to the NFC Championship. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

GREEN BAY, Wis. — As the Green Bay Packers prepare to make their pick in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night, they may be forced to once again consider the future of the face of the franchise.

While rumors have swirled for much of the offseason about Rodgers’ future with the team after the Packers’ loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the relationship may be more strained than has been publicly let on — going as far to say Rodgers has told some within the organization that he doesn’t want to return.

Rodgers has consistently downplayed similar rumors this offseason, previously saying he didn’t see a reason why he wouldn’t be back, while also acknowledging that there are factors beyond his control and his future may not be in his own hands.

The Packers have discussed trying to re-negotiate Rodgers’ contract to help them get further under the salary cap, but recently said they’re committed to Rodgers for the “forseeable future.” They hold the 29th pick in the first round tonight after using last year’s first round pick to take quarterback Jordan Love, another move that reportedly drew the ire of Rodgers.