Aaron Rodgers has been dominating headlines since the summer. Even though he decided to play for the Green Bay Packers for the 2021 NFL season, the future Hall of Famer has not committed to the team for the future. Rumors are swirling and will likely continue through the end of the season.
As the Packers prepare for the Chicago Bears, Rodgers made some interesting comments about the possibility of playing in Chicago in 2022.
Aaron Rodgers’ future with the Packers is uncertain
It seems no one truly knows what Aaron Rodgers is thinking. Before the 2021 season, so many questions needed answers.
The All-Pro quarterback’s status with the team was up in the air. Rodgers skipped the Packers’ mandatory minicamp, so it was unclear if he’d report to training camp. He ultimately reported, and the entire city of Green Bay let out a collective sigh of relief.
Rumors previously linked Rodgers to several teams like the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers. More recently, he revealed his warm feelings about the city of Pittsburgh and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. Rodgers seems like a perfect fit for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have a dilemma with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback.
Just because Rodgers suited up for the Packers in 2021 doesn’t mean that team president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst are on his good side.
The 37-year-old signal-caller has played his entire 17-year career in Green Bay. It’s hard to envision him playing in another uniform. His career started at Lambeau Field, but the odds may favor it ending somewhere else.
Rodgers said he’d never play for the rival Chicago Bears
The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears have played against each other 200 times. Green Bay leads the all-time series 100-94, with six games ending in a tie.
Meeting No. 201 will take place in Week 6 of the 2021 season, as Aaron Rodgers and company travel to Soldier Field. The matchup presents plenty of intrigue with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time battling Bears rookie signal-caller Justin Fields.
Ahead of the game, reporters asked Rodgers if he would ever play for the Bears. “No, no,” he responded per Packers Wire.
The Packers have beat the Bears more often than not with the Chico, California native under center. However, Rodgers acknowledges the magnitude of the rivalry. “It’s been battles. Still a rivalry, though,” he said.
The two franchises don’t like one another, so Packers fans must be relieved to hear their favorite quarterback would never switch sides.
Packers may avoid another Brett Favre situation
If Aaron Rodgers ever donned a Chicago Bears uniform, the Cheese Heads may never watch football again. Nightmares of Brett Favre playing for the Minnesota Vikings would resurface.
Favre played 16 seasons in Green Bay and was Rodgers’ predecessor. The Packers traded the Hall of Fame quarterback to the New York Jets in 2008, but he ended up in Minnesota the following season.
Favre carved his former team up as a member of the division-rival Vikings. Rodgers joining the Bears would be like deja vu.
Considering the nine-time Pro Bowler is still an elite NFL quarterback, the Packers would have trouble trying to defend him two times a season.
Justin Fields appears to be the quarterback of the future in Chicago. That’s great news for fans holding out hope that Aaron Rodgers will finish his career in Green Bay. It’s no guarantee, though.
A-Rod is unpredictable. The elephant in the room leaves murky waters for the Packers’ front office beyond the 2021 season.
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