Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst has underlined that Aaron Rodgers is the team's leader and that he will be their quarterback in 2021. In the last NFL draft, the Packers used their first round pick to select quarterback Jordan Love.
Rodgers will likely be named the NFL MVP for this season but he failed to lead the Packers to the Super Bowl as Green Bay lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game. "I don't think I have to do a lot of assuring him because I think obviously his play speaks for itself," Gutekunst said on Monday in his first public comments since Rodgers openly questioned his future in Green Bay following the NFC Championship Game loss to the Buccaneers eight days earlier.
"I will say this: We're really excited not only for next year but the years to come. He's playing at such a high level that he always has, and I think this year was a special team. It didn't finish like we wanted to finish, but I think everybody's purely motivated to get back and I think, like I said, I don't think there's anything that we have to do.
He's our quarterback, and he's our leader."
Packers coach also wants Rodgers back
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur absolutely wants Rodgers to remain the team's quarterback going forward as he absolutely believes the 37-year-old still has got the game.
"Is that a trick question?" LaFleur said. "Absolutely. There's no doubt about it. You're talking about the guy that's going to win the MVP of the league. We're not in this position without him. I couldn't be happier with just not only his performance but how he led our football team, all the little things he does within that locker room to ensure that everybody is locked in, focused and ready to go.
Absolutely he will be here for a long time. I know I've said that before, but a long time." The Packers claim to be well aware of Rodgers' talent and they don't want to lose him. "I think that he is arguably the best player that I've ever seen or been around," Gutekunst said.
"The chances he gives us week in and week out are significant, so he's going to be part of our future and we look forward to all the runs we're going to try to make here over the next few years."