On Monday, the seemingly unending saga concerning the trade that was supposed to send Aaron Rodgers to the Jets came to an inevitable and merciful end after the Packers officially agreed to ship the quarterback off to New York.
That deal came following years of speculation the quarterback was angling to leave Green Bay behind for greener pastures due to his differences with the front office, and that reality became increasingly evident this March after he confirmed he’d requested a trade.
The Packers obviously owe the four-time MVP who helped the franchise win the Super Bowl for the first time since 1997 a debt of gratitude, and team president Mark Murphy has already stated Rodgers will be immortalized at Lambeau Field when his number gets retired at some point in the future.
Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst also thanked Rodgers for his contributions after the trade was finalized, although he did note he wished he had gotten the chance to speak with him prior to the trade while admitting he didn’t get the opportunity to contact him directly over the course of the current offseason.
It’s pretty obvious Rodgers didn’t feel the need to reach out to the Packers GM for what he likely viewed as a fruitless dialogue, and I don’t think many people would have blamed him for admitting that was the case.
However, the notoriously cheeky QB couldn’t stop himself from offering a questionable explanation when asked about why he declined to chat with Gutekunst during the introductory press conference that was held after he officially joined his new team.
Full question by @mattschneidman and full answer by @AaronRodgers12 about what happened this offseason and the claim by #Packers GM Brian Gutekunst that he couldn’t get ahold of Rodgers👇
“I have very little cell service…you gotta FaceTime me.” -Rodgers pic.twitter.com/90c8DE0pMu
— Hunter Baumgardt (@hunterbonair) April 26, 2023
Here’s what he had to say:
“People who know me, I’m fortunate to live in a beautiful house. The only downside is I have very limited cell service. If you want to get ahold of me, I have to see your face. You have to FaceTime me.
The only response to the communication thing is there’s records in your phone about who called you [and] when and there wasn’t any specific FaceTimes from any of those numbers I was looking at.”
Whatever you say, Aaron. Whatever you say.