Aaron Rodgers‘ future is secure, but he has received a pretty heavy dose of reality this offseason by way of some of his Packers teammates.
Rodgers signed a five-year, $110 million contract extension in the offseason, making him a very rich man and keeping him in Green Bay through at least the 2019 season. Some of his former Packers teammates weren’t so lucky, as the team went through something of a roster overhaul this spring, which gave Rodgers a bit of a reality check.
“When they’re cutting guys like Charles Woodson, and not bringing back Greg [Jennings], who’s played a long time here, guys who had big roles for us, it has to be a wake-up call to some of our guys that this is about, ‘What have you done for me lately?’ and ‘What can you do for me?'” Rodgers said in an interview with ESPN Wisconsin. “That’s the type of league that we’re in. That’s how our team looks at us. So you better perform, or you’re going to be looking for a job elsewhere.”
Losing leaders like Woodson and Jennings will be tough on the Pack as they look to contend for another Super Bowl, but understanding the rough road ahead may motivate Rodgers to take an even more active role as the team’s go-to leader going forward.