NFL News : A face of the NFL blames the players for Roger Goodell's has excessive power.

A face of the NFL blames the players for Roger Goodell's has excessive power.


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Aaron Rodgers may be one of the most marketable faces in the NFL, but he isn't afraid to speak his mind regarding commissioner Roger Goodell having too much power.

The Green Bay Packers star quarterback spoke out about the prospect of losing teammates Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers to suspensions if they elect to hold out being interviewed by following an accusation they've used PED's.

Rodgers says the players missed out on their chance to to keep Goodell from suspend players according to his will when the union last negotiated their collective bargaining agreement. Unfortunately for the players, Rodgers believes they have no one but themselves to blame.

"If that is the case, we have nobody to blame but ourselves," Rodgers told "The Jim Rome Show," according to ESPN's Jason Wilde, when asked if Goodell has too much power. "Because we had the opportunity in the CBA to make some legitimate changes to that. I think there was probably too much pressure to come to a deal when we had all the power on our side.

"That was something we should have had negotiated into the CBA because there shouldn't be somebody who is the judge, jury, and executioner, as they say."

Packers' linebackers' Matthews and Peppers, along with free agent Mike Neal and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, are currently evaluating how to proceed with the NFLPA, as there seems to be a stalemate developing between the two sides.

The veteran QB believes the case should be dropped by the league after former Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning was also named in the PED report, but was fully cleared of any wrongdoing after the accuser, Charlie Sly recanted his statements.

"I think it's pretty typical of how things have been going with them lately," Rodgers said of the NFL pursuing the investigation. "It sets a bad precedent, I think, that any wild accusation - accredited (or not), legitimate or illegitimate - they're going to try and bully these guys into testifying.

"Now these guys, first of all, we stand behind them 100 percent, our guys. I think that it just looks bad for the league, especially after Peyton got cleared and there's been some holes shot (in) it. But I'm confident that those guys have nothing to hide and they'll work something out.

"I just think as far as the league goes, there's been some negative things that have come their way and the way they've responded has maybe not been the best way to handle it."

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