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Rodgers explains why he’s no longer Packers’ player rep

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers stated he “wasn’t real, real happy” concerning the negotiations resulting in the latest NFL labor settlement as he mentioned why he’s no longer a workforce player consultant.

The NFL Players Association despatched out a tweet final week noting that kicker Mason Crosby was the Packers’ new player consultant, with linebacker Oren Burks, guard Lucas Patrick and cornerback Jaire Alexander as alternates. Rodgers had been serving because the workforce’s player rep, although he added Wednesday that “I can’t say I was heavily involved.”

“I think it’s time for somebody else to take that role who wants to spend a week of their life sitting in meetings and going through all that,” the 36-year-old Rodgers stated Wednesday. “To me, it’s just not what I want to do at this point in my career.”

Rodgers had been one of many 14 dissenting votes earlier this yr when player representatives voted in Indianapolis to ship a brand new collective bargaining settlement to the total union membership. The settlement included a 17-game common season, increased salaries, bigger rosters and greater pensions for present and former gamers.

Union members voted 1,019-959 in favor of ratification, which solely required a easy majority.

Rodgers stated in February through social media that he had dissented based mostly on conversations he’d had with teammates within the locker room. He cited the dangers concerned in including a seventeenth recreation and the necessity to add extra offseason restoration time, amongst different elements

“I wasn’t real, real happy about the way things went down, I think from last season, negotiating without a current player in the room,” Rodgers stated Wednesday. “And then the things that happened in Indy and the way that the vote went, I wasn’t real excited about it.”

NOTES: Wide receivers Davante Adams (ankle) and Allen Lazard (core) had been restricted contributors in Wednesday’s observe. Although Lazard was activated from injured reserve Tuesday, Packers coach Matt LaFleur stated that doesn’t essentially imply he’ll play Sunday at Indianapolis. “Whether or not he’s available, we’ll see,” LaFleur stated. “The last thing you want to do is put somebody out there in a situation where you could lose him for a longer period of time or it just slows down their progress.”

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