It would be a mistake for Rodgers to want out of Green Bay – Jason Whitlock explains

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Eric Mangini and Tony Gonzalez join Jason Whitlock and Colin Cowherd to discuss Aaron Rodgers' position in Green Bay and whether or not he should want out.

- Whitlock, Aaron has made it clear this offseason, he wants the Packers to do more to improve the team. What about the idea he leaves Green Bay?

- I don't-- listen, man. Green Bay is probably the most historic franchise in NFL history. It's Bart Starr. It's Brett Favre. And it's Aaron Rodgers. I'm not running away from that. If I'm-- I'm not running away from that legacy, no way. And so, yeah. Did they get-- are they getting exposed without Aaron Rodgers?

- Yeah.

- Every team in the league to me except for the Patriots pretty much gets exposed when they lose a player of his caliber. You're talking about a historically-great talent. The only team I've ever seen really survive it is the Patriots. You know, they lost Brady for a year and somehow went 11 and 5.

But the Packers-- again, they need to do more to support him-- but they look the way they should look when you lose a quarterback that talented.

- I don't know who survives losing a guy of his quality. And you saw it all last year, whether it was Derek Carr getting hurt late. You saw what happened to their season as soon as he went down. And it's pretty consistent that the backup quarterback-- when you're-- especially when you're the backup for Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady-- you're going to look dramatically different.

And that's also what surprised me a little bit about the Jimmy Garoppolo trade. You know, it's--

JASON WHITLOCK: Yeah.

- Important to have a really good backup quarterback, and we get reminded about that every season and, you know, sometimes a little earlier than others.

- Feels a little unhealthy, though. You know how like it feels like sometimes Aaron's out of Green Bay's league? They don't go after free agents. They-- the last couple of years, each year they've let go of a really high-end offensive lineman. The kind of-- the sensibility of Green Bay, Ted Thompson's feeling is we draft our guys, we pay them for a first contract, not often the second. We want to remain nimble and flexible. It's--

- They've got four Super Bowls, Colin, if my math is correct. There's not a lot of franchises with four Super Bowls.

- Here's what-- I think I understand what you're saying, but I don't think it applies to someone like Aaron Rodgers or any other Hall of Fame, franchise-type quarterback because you can bring in pieces and you're going to go to the playoffs-- like they went to the playoffs last year. They were 4 and 1, whatever it was, the record with them this year-- winning. And people were saying they're going to go to the playoffs again. They're still going to be a good football team because he's there.

It's the other guys like myself, Hardy Nickerson, Joe Thomas, like those guys if it's the really, really good player that's stuck on a team that's horrible that I feel bad for because they're never going to get a chance to win by staying there. And those are the ones that should exercise their power and be like, you know, I wish I can get out of here or whatever.

- You know what this made me think of? Like Sam Darnold. So Sam Darnold, if he comes out, let's go to Cleveland. You're trapped for seven years. They've got you for four. They can franchise you for three. In the NBA, mediocre players can hold a-- literally Paul Millsap, Kyle Lowry, Otto Porter can hold the franchise hostage.

In the NFL, once you're to a team, once you sign it, seven years. Like, even now, if Aaron said, listen, man, I want out. You just franchise him and then franchise him.

- You could be a jerk. Terrell Owens, worked out for him. Went to a Super Bowl. Who else? Give me-- give me some other. Andre Rison has done that.

- Don't you feel like to some degree, though, Aaron sits there-- Peyton Manning, Polian got him free agents. And Brady, Belichick gets him free agents. Don't you feel a little bit like, Aaron, it's like, guys, I could use a little help.

- But a lot of times, if you're a really good quarterback, if you're in an elite quarterback, you're going to change the destiny of that franchise and they're going to be able to bring in pieces around you. The Colts weren't very good before Peyton Manning got there. You know?

- But once Polian got him, he realized, oh my god, I've got an all timer.

- Yeah, but I think they built through the draft around Peyton Manning. When I start thinking about the-- I don't remember the Colts going out and getting a Reggie White like Green Bay got for Brett Favre. And they--

- They got some offensive pieces through the years.

- They fell into Charles Woodson and won a Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers. Again, I just think that franchise is so historic, and being a Packers legend there's so much value to that post-career--

- What would-- what would you do if you were Aaron? You've been in this league at a high level. If you were Aaron and you watched that, what would your gut feeling be?

- Well, honestly, because he's winning, though, Colin. He's going to the playoffs. He's willing that team. He's put that team on his back every time, and he wins miraculously because he's that good. He's a Hall of Fame--

- So you wouldn't leave.

- One of the best quarterbacks of all time.

- I wouldn't do anything. But I'm saying, for the other guy, yeah, I could see where you could make an argument like, get out of there. Why would you want to stay there?

- Poor Tony was beat up for all those years in Kansas City. He just-- if you can get to the playoffs, I just--

- I'm just trying to get to the playoffs. That's what I'm saying. I've been there.

- Once you get-- yeah, once you get to the playoffs, though, you've got a chance. So he can-- you can-- the grass may look greener someplace else.

- I'll tell you, even though with the team being bad, trying to Tony was a huge problem for every single--

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