For much of the 2021 NFL offseason, Aaron Rodgers kept Packers fans waiting to see what he would do. He eventually returned to Green Bay, and is now enjoying an MVP-caliber season.
The Packers are currently 12-3 and have already clinched the NFC North title with two games remaining on their schedule. Rodgers has shown no signs of slowing down at age 38, throwing for 3,689 yards, 33 touchdowns and just four interceptions so far this season.
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Yet despite his success, Rodgers has been coy about what the future holds in Green Bay beyond this year. He recently restructured his four-year, $ 134 million agreement, giving himself an exit from his contract after this season. On Wednesday, Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin asked Rodgers what he thought about returning to the Packers next season, potentially joining another team or even retiring.
“I would not rule [retirement] out of. I think I’m enjoying this season for this season, “Rodgers said.” Playing next year will definitely be in the thought process. One of the things that obviously, and you and I have talked about this over the years, is wanting to not be a bum on the way out and to be able to keep playing, I think, is important to me.
“If this year has taught me anything, it’s that I can still play. I still have a love for the game. I’m still super competitive. I still enjoy the week’s process. I miss practice, and it’s hard not to. Being out there week after week. week. But I still love racing, and I love being there. There will be a lot of things I will weigh in the offseason. “
With Twitter’s video limitations, I couldn’t include my full question (insert zingers about how long my questions tend to be here), but here’s Aaron Rodgers’ answer. I ended up saying that he didn’t seem like he would be retiring after this season and asking him if it was fair to say so. pic.twitter.com/bbYuhbLiCg
– Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) December 29, 2021
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Rodgers ‘main target Davante Adams could also choose to leave Green Bay in the offseason, which could affect Rodgers’ decision. However, Rodgers has been more involved in discussions about squad construction, something the 10-time Pro Bowler said he appreciates. He noted that the offseason trade for veteran receiver Randall Cobb, which he allegedly applied for, has made this year “exponentially better” for him.
“Saying that doesn’t mean, or any of the comments I’ve made, doesn’t mean I’m thinking elsewhere. I want to clarify that,” Rodgers said. “The things I have said about the team this year, about [general manager] Brian [Gutekunst] And I’s relationship has been sincere and genuine, and I appreciate a lot of the things I’ve seen from the team that are directly related to the conversations we had in the offseason.
“That was meaningful to me. I have enjoyed being part of conversations that directly affect my work.”
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Rodgers made one thing clear: He won’t keep the NFL world waiting this time.
“It won’t be something that you drag on for months and months,” Rodgers said. “I will have conversations … and then I will make a decision at some point. You know, I am not going to stop the team from anything, and once I commit, and if you agree to move forward here,” it will be a quick decision.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.