Packers GM Brian Gutekunst Responds To Aaron Rodgers Publicly Blasting Team For Ignoring His Suggestions On Free Agent Signings

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  • After announcing his return to Green Bay Aaron Rodgers blasted the team in a press conference over their treatment of “high character” veterans and for not listening to his input on free agent signings
  • On Thursday morning Packers GM Brian Gutekunst held his own press conference to respond to Rodgers’ complaints
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Packers GM Brian Gutekunst responded to Aaron Rodgers’ public complaints about the team’s front office decisions.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Rodgers blasted the team for disrespecting “high character” veteran players on their way out.

“I wanted to help the organization maybe learn from the mistakes in the past in my opinion about the way that some of the outgoing veterans were treated and just the fact that we didn’t retain a number of players that I felt like were core players to our foundation, to our locker room, high character guys, I’m talking about Charles Woodson, Jordy Nelson, Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb, James Jones, Jon Kuhn, TJ Lang, Bryan Bulaga, Casey Heyward, Micah Hyde…Guys who were exceptional players for us but great locker room guys, high character guys, many of them who weren’t offered a contract at all, or were extremely low-balled, or maybe, in my opinion, not given the respect on the way out that guys of their status and stature high character deserved’

Rodgers also complained about the fact that the team didn’t listen to his input on potential free agent signings.

“The other part was wanting to be a part of conversations involving free agents, which has never happened in my career…I’ve tried to pass along information. Hasn’t really been used.”

Gutekunst held his own press conference on Thursday morning and responded to Rodgers’ complaints.

As to not re-signing “high character” veteran players, Gutekunst says the NFL is hard business and the Packers made the best decisions for the team.

“It’s a hard business and sometimes the Packers may take the brunt of the NFL business. While those decisions are hard, they have to be made for the team to grow, keeping players longer than we should then all of a sudden we’re not signing guys that we should down the road”

Gutekunst went on to say that he does listen to Rodgers’ input on free agents but ultimately he has final say on who the Packers sign.

“He’s always had it, it’s how we incorporate it and at the end of the day it’s really no different than some of the other people in our organization that have opinions about what we’re gonna do but I’m going to take that in and I’ll make that decision and we’ll move forward.”

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