While Packers President Mark Murphy claims the standoff has “divided our fanbase”, Rodgers’ teammates are behind him – the ones who are at least willing to speak on the record.
Two of the most prominent Packers, uncredited Rodgers, both spoke in support of their (ex?) quarterback as Jordan Love took on the first team reruns Tuesday behind the center. It should come as no surprise that both are players who have close working relationships with Rodgers – left tackle David Bakhtiari and wide receiver Davante Adams.
Davante Adams: ‘I’ll be on the damn mountain’ for Rodgers
Adams, who previously spoke of a “special bond” with Rodgers and hinted that Rodgers’ exit could ultimately mean his also, made his position abundantly clear on Tuesday.
“I’ve been through it all, so he knows he knows where I stand at the end of the day,” said Adams, “if there’s ever a miracle if he’s lost a teammate or something because of everything that’s come out, know him where I stand. according to the Duluth News-Tribune. “I’ll stand on the damn mountain and scream on the mountain top I’ve got his back.”
Adams has made four Pro Bowls passes from Rodgers and is fresh off a season leading the NFL in touchdown catches and receiving yards per game. Without a new contract, he will be an unrestricted free agent next season. Either way, he’s in line to become one of the NFL’s highest paid receivers. It’s safe to say he’s invested in his relationship with Rodgers.
David Bakhtiari hopes Rodgers will return, supportive anyway
Bakhtiari, meanwhile, stated the obvious in that he hopes Rodgers will return to Green Bay. But if he doesn’t, Bakhtiari will support every decision his friend and teammate makes.
“For me, I care about Aaron Rodgers from a friend’s perspective,” Bakhtiari said. “Whatever he wants to do, whatever the situation, I will never hold a grudge against him. That’s my friend. That’s someone I’ve appreciated, and he’s done a lot for this organization and a lot for me as an individual.
“As a teammate, I’d be an idiot to say I don’t want the MVP back. He’s the league’s MVP last year. He’s done great things from the quarterback perspective, our quarterback position, but not just for the franchise. So absolutely.”
Are there any Packers players who don’t support Aaron Rodgers?
As with Adams, the success of Bakhtiari and Rodgers are intertwined. Bakhtiari is a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro while being Rodgers’ primary protector. Like it with AdamsBakhtiari has a close personal relationship with Rodgers. Logically, both players stood up for Rodgers on Tuesday.
Does this mean there are Green Bay Packers players who don’t support Rodgers’ holdout? No. But for now, anyone who doesn’t will not go public.
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