The asides and winks and sighs and murmurs are being brought front and center.
A two-time NFL MVP and six-time Pro Bowl selection, Rodgers has two years left on the original five-year, $110 million extension he signed in 2013.
Sources told Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports that Rodgers is seeking that power, and the fact that he doesn't now have it is weighing on him as contract negotiations loom with the club. "In other places with (elite) quarterbacks, consideration is given to those guys". I think Aaron wants to be engaged in some decisions.
Robinson said "any friction between Rodgers and the franchise could become accentuated in the coming months" as extension talks continue, and one of his sources is quoted as saying the frustration is just "going to keep coming out".
That reads nearly threateningly after the quarterback has both been understated and direct this offseason.
"Specifically, the sources said Rodgers has lingering discontent being completely cut out of discussions that resulted in the departures of wideout Jordy Nelson and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt", Robinson said. Rodgers volunteered during an ESPN interview in early February that this wasn't his choice.
Lightly pressed, Rodgers added, "There's a close connection between quarterback and quarterback coach, and that was an interesting decision".
Meanwhile, when the Packers released Nelson and signed Jimmy Graham, Rodgers liked a tweet from Rich Eisen criticizing the move.
The quarterback reportedly had "no influence" in either decision, a point of contention considering how closely he worked with both Van Pelt and Nelson.
For a superstar quarterback in a league hinged upon them, Rodgers surprisingly does not have all the leverage.
We can't say we blame the Packers QB, either: He's one of the best quarterbacks in the world and perhaps should be afforded at least some level of transparency from the front office, especially involving decisions that directly affect him. Team president Mark Murphy replaced general manager Ted Thompson with Brian Gutekunst, while coach Mike McCarthy fired defensive coordinator Dom Capers and offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett as well as several other assistants.
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