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Packers' Aaron Rodgers: Players should demand arbitrator in next CBA talks

If Aaron Rodgers is still playing in 2021, he wouldn't mind getting involved in the next round of labor negotiations between the NFL and the players' union. In doing so, he believes the players should ask for an independent arbitrator -- and not commissioner Roger Goodell -- to rule on player discipline.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback offered his services during an interview with ESPN sports business analyst Andrew Brandt on the "The Business of Sports" podcast..

"It has to change," Rodgers said. "I don't know why the owners wouldn't want it to change, because it's made the league look bad a few times. I read something -- you know I said that I felt like we had the opportunity to make a change in the first CBA, and I stand behind that, that statement.

"Many guys I don't think were aware of how strong our position could have been had we waited a little longer. One of the things that we should have maybe pushed for was to have an independent arbitrator. I don't think we should have to give anything for that to happen in the next negotiation."

The issue of player discipline hit the Packers this year when the NFL investigated -- and ultimately cleared -- Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers for alleged performance-enhancing drug violations.

Rodgers had previously said on "The Jim Rome Show" that the players have no one to blame but themselves for not taking power away from the commissioner during the most recent labor talks in 2011.

The current collective bargaining agreement ends after the 2020 season. Rodgers, 32, is under contract with the Packers through 2019.

"If I'm fortunate enough to be around for the next one, I think it could be an opportunity to help out the next generation of players, by taking maybe more of a role in that," Rodgers said. "If it's wanted by the union, I would be open to it because I think we need some really strong leaders when we come back to the table, and realize that, as opposed to maybe the last time the CBA rolled around, that we have more bargaining power than we showed."