Former Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre weighed in on the Aaron Rodgers-Packers drama Wednesday morning on 94.5 ESPN Milwaukee, stating that his "gut tells me [Rodgers would] rather sit out than play."
Adam Schefter, ESPN Senior NFL Insider, stated last week that Rodgers was "disgruntled" with the Packers and had told others within the organization "that he does not want to return to the team."
Favre said he believed Rodgers' rift with the organization was with the front office and not the fans or players.
"Will he swallow his pride and come in? Maybe, but I don’t see that happening. If there’s not a trade, my gut tells me he’d rather sit out than play," Favre said on Wilde & Tausch on 94.5 ESPN Milwaukee.
Rodgers is the reigning MVP and had previously said he had planned to stay with the Packers.
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst issued the following statement last week after news broke out about the rift: "As we've stated since the season ended, we are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond. Aaron has been a vital part of our success and we look forward to competing for another championship with him leading our team."
"I don't expect Aaron to reach out to me. If he said 'Hey, do you mind if I pick your brain?' I certainly would love to talk to him," said Favre. "The one thing Aaron said last year... 'I sort of see and feel what you were going through now.'"
On his weekly podcast with Eric Bolling, Favre said he thinks Rodgers won't exactly be flexible as we get closer to the season, and he might not come back at all.
"Knowing Aaron," Brett Favre says, "and I think I know him fairly well. If he has a grudge, whether it be an organization, or a player, or an arch-rival, or family, or friends - he ain't budging. I don't see him coming back and saying, 'if this is not resolved.' However or whatever the issue is, if it's not resolved. Where even if it's resolved? But he feels like they got one up on him, he ain't gonna play. Knowing Aaron he would sit."
One other note, former longtime Packers beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and now contributor to the Athletic, Bob McGinn, reports that Aaron Rodgers called General Manager Brian Gutekunst "Jerry Krause" on a group text chat. Krause is the GM who broke up the Michael Jordan title-winning Bulls. But to their credit, they won 6 championships.