For four seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Jamaal Williams became close to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
“Shoot, I love 12,” Williams said Thursday, calling Rodgers from his shirt number.
And while Detroit The Lions, who have fled, have said they want Rodgers “to do everything that makes him happy” in his current dispute with Packers, some of whom hope Rodgers will do what is best for the Lions.
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“I just want him to be happy, to live his life and do what he has to do,” Williams said. “But for the lions, for my team and everything else, uh, yes, go ahead and stay out for a minute. Let’s move forward and untie. I mean, you know, we’ll go against him too, but make it easy for us. “
Rodgers did not participate in Green Bay’s official off-season program this spring amid reports that he wanted to be traded by the team that made him up in 2005.
Rodgers is the NFL’s ruling MVP, but his relationship with the Packers seems to have broken down last year when Green Bay swapped to win quarterback Jordan Love in the first round.
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The Packers have gone 13-3 in the last two seasons to win NFC North titles. Last year, they lost to eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buchaniers in an NFC championship game when they tried to score from 26 yards to fourth and a goal from 8 while trailing by eight points instead of leaving the ball in Rodgers’ hands.
If Rodgers, who has a contract in the 2023 season, returns to Green Bay, the Packers will be banned from favorites to win NFC North again.
If you retire or trade, the division will be significantly weakened.
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The Lions finished last in the North with a 5-11 record last season, two games after third place in the Minnesota Vikings (7-9) and three behind the Chicago Bears (8-8).
Williams declined to offer a prediction for Rodgers’ future, saying he was more concerned about his new Lions team.
“But I wish him the best,” Williams said. “This is my boy and I just want him to do everything that makes him happy.”
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