Green Bay Packers stars Davante Adams and David Bakhtiari have made it publicly clear that they are behind their quarterback Aaron Rodgers. This offseason, Rodgers admitted he was unhappy with the Packers but the team declined to trade him.
"I've got his back through everything so he knows that, at the end of the day, if there's ever a wonder if he's lost a teammate or something because of all that's come out, he knows where I stand," Adams said Tuesday.
"I'll stand on the f---ing mountain and scream on the mountaintop that I've got his back." Adams underlined that throwing his support behind Rodgers didn't mean taking shots at the Packers organization.
"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 said. "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."
Bakhtiari also stood behind Rodgers
"For me, I care about Aaron Rodgers from a friend perspective," Bakhtiari said. "Whatever he wants to do, whatever the situation that comes out, I will never hold any grudge against him.
That is my friend. That is someone that I have appreciated, and he has done a lot for this organization and a lot for me as an individual. "Now, as a teammate I would be idiotic to say that I don't want the MVP back.
He's the MVP of the league last year. He's done amazing things as from the quarterback perspective, our quarterback position, but not only for the franchise. So absolutely. "I've definitely voiced to him, I'm like, 'You know what, whatever happens, look, it's out of my control [and] the situation is between you and the organization, and that's where it's going to stay.
I don't want to, at all, in any time, get in the middle of that. I respect you as a friend and however that turns out, I'm not going to take anything personally.' " Packers head Matt LeFleur hopes everyone will return next season.
"You'd love everybody to be here," LaFleur said. "It is what it is, man, and we'll focus and we'll control and work on the guys that are here and try to help them become the best to their ability and coach the heck out of them."