The Green Bay Packers‘ early playoff exit places Aaron Rodgers‘ future at the forefront. The three-time league MVP holds the Packers at his will until his upcoming decision. Rodgers hasn’t indicated where he stands, but he has already entirely ruled an NFL comeback if he retires.
Aaron Rodgers holds an uncertain NFL future ahead
Rodgers is heading into another offseason where his NFL future sits as the central focus in Green Bay.
The star quarterback’s actions before the 2021 campaign have laid out a situation where he holds more control over his fate with the Packers. Rodgers changed the structure of his deal, eliminating the final year in 2023, making next season the last in his contract.
He worked through the 2021 season behind a business approach, emphasizing sustaining or building the current relationships with general manager Brian Gutekunst and his teammates. The Packers’ divisional-round playoff exit has shifted the dynamic again, creating uncertainty around what Rodgers plans to do next.
The future Hall of Famer may be undecided on his NFL future, but he did quickly cross out one scenario off the list.
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Rodgers holds several options as he heads into the offseason.
The 38-year-old has already repeatedly voiced that his decision will be swift, allowing him and the Packers to move forward into whatever pathway ahead. Although he hasn’t indicated what direction he’s leaning, Rodgers quickly ruled out any possibility of him retiring and returning after a year away from the game.
“One thing I would 100 percent not do is retire and then come back a year later,” Rodgers said during his appearance on The Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday. “I don’t have any desire to do that. That makes no sense. I feel like at the place relationally with the Packers in a really good place, especially with Brian [Gutekunst] with our friendship and trust has grown where it would be a simple conversation.”
Rodgers is mentally in a place where he’s either entirely committed to playing football or heading into retirement permanently. After experiencing a drawn-out process last offseason, Rodgers doubled down that he won’t let his decision-making process linger.
“There is not going to be any weird standoff war of silence or anything,” Rodgers said. “Brian and I have had good conversations throughout the year. When it comes time to make a decision we’ll have a conversation and that will be that. It won’t be a long-drawn process. That’s what’s best for me, him, the organization, and for all the other decisions that need to be made.”
The three-time league MVP is well aware of the magnitude of his decision that will drastically shape the Packers’ future.
Packers’ future lies in Aaron Rodgers’ hands
Rodgers finally has what he’s wanted all along in Green Bay: Control.
After years of dealing with internal frustrations regarding roster moves, the star quarterback holds significant say concerning his future. More importantly, his decision will impact the Packers’ offseason plans.
Green Bay isn’t ready to move off Rodgers, especially with Jordan Love showing that he isn’t ready to take on the massive responsibility. The organization wants the 10-time Pro Bowler under center, and he’s well aware of that sentiment, likely why he doesn’t want to drag out his decision.
Rodgers has already voiced that he wants Davante Adams to get the long-term deal he desires while hinting at other roster moves. If the Packers proceed accordingly, they should have their star quarterback back.