Aaron Rodgers gives ridiculous excuse for lack of communication with Packers

New York Jets Introduce Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
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Aaron Rodgers spoke publicly for the first time as the New York Jets quarterback.

During his introductory press conference with the Jets, Rodgers spoke about his excitement to play with head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

However, Rodgers was also inevitably asked about the ugly ending to his time in Green Bay, and the lack of communication between the two sides during the offseason.

Last month, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said he tried to contact Aaron Rodgers "many times" during the offseason.

"Our inability to reach him or for him to respond in any way, I think at that point, I had to do my job," Gutekunst said, according to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic.

As expected, Rodgers was asked about this on Wednesday afternoon.

Aaron Rodgers press conference: Jets QB gives hilarious excuse for lack of communication with Packers

Rodgers was asked by Packers reporter Matt Schneidman about his communication with the Packers this offseason, following on from Gutekunst's comments.

"I'm fortunate to live in a beautiful house. The only downside is I have limited cell service, so if you want to get ahold of me, I have to see your face. You need to FaceTime me," Rodgers said.


Did Rodgers really pull off the lack of cell service excuse for his lack of communication with the Packers? And that Gutekunst needed to FaceTime him?

"My point was, if there was change they wanted to be made, why wasn't that told to me earlier in the offseason?" Rodgers added.

In the end, none of it matters now. Rodgers got the move he wanted and the Packers received a great deal from the Jets. Rodgers will forever be a Packers legend and now gets to chase a second Super Bowl with the Jets.

Nathaniel Hackett a major reason for Aaron Rodgers' decision to play for Jets

When the Jets hired Nathaniel Hackett, the speculation started about the Jets being a possible landing spot for Rodgers.

The four-time MVP said Hackett was a key reason for joining the Jets.

"A big reason I'm here, I've got to mention, is Nathaniel Hackett," Rodgers said. "Hack and I became really close friends for three years in Green Bay. I love him like a brother, and I believe in him, and I'm really happy to be back working with him."

Aaron Rodgers college jersey number returns for Jets

Rodgers won't be wearing the No. 12 jersey in New York. The number had been retired for Joe Namath. Despite Namath giving Rodgers his blessing to unretire the jersey, Rodgers declined out of respect.

"I heard what he said about unretiring his number but, to me, 12 is 'Broadway Joe' and I didn't want to even go down that path," Rodgers said.

Rodgers will return to No. 8, the jersey he wore in college.