February 14, 2023 | 15:27
Aaron Rodgers won’t exchange Christmas cards with the biggest NFL insiders.
Rodgers made his weekly spot on “The Pat McAfee Show” and lamented NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter as people he says have no insight into his mindset or inner circle as he approaches his upcoming “dark refuge.”
“This thing has been planned for about four months and it was always the same dates — always the end of this week,” Rodgers said. “Anyone with knowledge to the contrary is fake news. Let me just say it one more time: It’s an inner circle, and in my inner circle, no one talks to Ian Rapoport, to Adam Schefter, or to any of these people. So if you’re one of those people talking to those people, it’s a good reminder for you: You’re not in the inner circle.”
Rapoport, a frequent guest on McAfee’s show, previously reported that Rodgers’ dark retreat would begin Monday, and Schefter previously said both the Packers and Rodgers are aware that trading the quarterback is a “very real possibility” this offseason.
“And if someone else is out there saying things, or if they’re just making it up, both of which are likely, just stop with the fake news,” Rodgers continued in his rant. “I speak for myself and I will continue to do so. I’m not upset about it. It’s the classic media, trying to be first, not trying to be right. The problem is that it is a slippery slope.
“So let me just remind everybody out there listening: When somebody says something — whether it’s Ian Rapoport or Adam Schefter, or Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Joe Rogan, myself, whoever — question it . If it’s legitimate, it can be questioned. So question things and then think about them and consider them in your own time and figure out what seems most likely to be true based on your own intuition and feeling and gathering of facts.”
The Jets are reportedly among the teams that have reached out to the Packers should Rodgers become available on the trade market.
In his segment with McAfee, Rodgers continued to harp on the idea that no one in his inner circle talks to NFL insiders.
“No one in my inner circle talks to these people,” Rodgers said. “I don’t talk to those people. I don’t have their numbers. I have never met them. And listen, I’m doing a darkness retreat later this week. I’m excited about it. I didn’t realize how much it would take off.”
In the end, Rodgers paid the pair a begrudging compliment from insiders.
“I think Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport are very good at their jobs, but when it comes to me they don’t know what it is,” he said.