As the holdout of Green Bay Packers star and reigning league MVP Aaron Rodgers continues to be the focus of the NFL offseason, one of his teammates gave an emphatic vote of support for his quarterback.
But All-Pro receiver Davante Adams also indicated that his support of Rodgers isn’t a shot against Packers management in any way.
“I just don’t focus on it too much,” Adams said Wednesday when asked about Rodgers’ absence from Green Bay’s mandatory minicamp this week. “I can’t control anything that happens with that. I can talk to him, but the best thing for Aaron, and the people that know him well know that he loves you when you have his back. That’s how I am naturally, so it’s not forced. I got his back through everything.
“So if there’s ever a wonder if he has lost a teammate or something because all this come out, he knows where I stand. I’ll stand on a (expletive) — excuse me — I’ll stand on a mountain and scream on the mountaintop that I got his back.”
Adams has enjoyed tremendous success with Rodgers throwing him the ball and led the NFL with 18 catching touchdowns in 2020. But Adams also understands that Green Bay’s front office is navigating a delicate situation with a disgruntled Rodgers.
“It can never be awkward because I think that any GM, any president, any owner, they should want the type of guys that are backing their players, especially a player like that,” Adams continued. “That’s just a good trait to have. It’s not like I’m saying ‘Forget the front office’ like I don’t respect what they have going on, I’m just saying I’ll back my guy up.”
The Packers have the option to fine Rodgers just over $93,000 if he misses all three minicamp sessions this week without an excused absence. Packers coach Matt LaFleur wouldn’t say Tuesday whether Rodgers’ absence was excused.
“That’s team business that we’re always going to keep confidential between us and the player,” LaFleur said.
Both LaFleur and Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst have said they want to have Rodgers back with the team and Gutekunst has said publicly that he does not intend to trade Rodgers.
Rodgers has been frustrated with the Packers organization and has been selective about his public comments. In an interview with ESPN on May 24, Rodgers said ‘anything’s on the table’ though he declined to specify if he was requesting to be traded.
“My situation has never been about the draft pick, picking Jordan (Love),” Rodgers told ESPN. “I love Jordan. He’s a great kid. A lot of fun to work together. I love the coaching staff, love my teammates, love the fan base in Green Bay. Incredible, incredible 16 years. It’s just kind of about a philosophy, and maybe forgetting it is about the people that make the thing go. It’s about character, it’s about culture, it’s about doing things the right way.
“A lot of this was put into motion last year, and the wrench was just kind of thrown into it when I won MVP and played the way I played last year. So this is just kind of a spill out of all that, but it is about the people. That’s the most important thing.”
Contributing: Associated Press