The Green Bay Packers‘ disappointing exit from the playoffs has quickly led to uncertainty around the franchise. Much of which has come about after star quarterback Aaron Rodgers‘ ambiguous comments about his future in Green Bay. In light of that, former Cleveland Browns great Joe Thomas believes he knows precisely why Rodgers made those remarks.
Aaron Rodgers expresses uncertain future with Packers
Following the Packers’ crushing loss in the NFC championship game, the focus around the franchise centered on Aaron Rodgers‘ future.
The star quarterback expressed some intriguing comments, stating that he doesn’t know what lies ahead, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.
“There’s a lot of unknowns going into this offseason now. I’m going to have to take some time away, for sure, and clear my head and just kind of see what’s going on with everything. But it’s pretty tough right now, especially thinking about the guys that may or may not be here next year. There’s always change. That’s the only constant in this business.”
Rodgers isn’t one to voice this sentiment unless there is something to what is going on around the situation. Many have been quick to jump to the assumption that he has possibly played his last game with the Packers.
That alone has created much chatter around potential landing spots with the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots quickly tossed around. With all that floating around, future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas believes he has nailed down what Rodgers’ comments are alluding to.
Joe Thomas sends encouraging message about Aaron Rodgers’ future with Packers
It’s easy to jump the gun a bit given the gravity of Aaron Rodgers’ words, as it’s the first time that he’s genuinely expressed that notion.
Rodgers is quite aware of the power of his words, which makes his comments that much more intriguing. Former Cleveland Browns great Joe Thomas has quickly chimed into the situation as he voiced on Twitter that he believes the Packers won’t move off the 37-year-old.
Instead, he believes Rodgers’ comments are a shot at general manager Brian Gutekunst for selecting a quarterback in the first round of last year’s draft. Throughout the entire 2020 campaign, Rodgers brushed off any notion that the Packers taking Jordan Love bothered or motivated him beyond the initial draft night.
His comments could put some pressure on the front office to further stabilize the roster. There are reports that he desires a new contract as he enters the second year of his four-year, $134 million deal.
There are many different ways that his comments can be interpreted, but he has hinted on several occasions that the end of his tenure is much closer than he hopes. Whatever the case may be, Rodgers’ remarks served a purpose that he only knows.
Packers would foolish to move on
Much of the outside dialogue around the matter is an overreaction due to the Packers’ playoff exit.
The parameters around Rodgers with having a first-round quarterback behind him combined with his contract situation both don’t exactly present the most favorable long-term picture.
All that aside, it’s hard to envision the Packers making the rash decision to move off the future Hall of Famer. Rodgers is coming off arguably his best individual campaign that will earn him his third MVP award.
Yes, the Packers did fall short in the NFC championship game for the second straight year, but it shows the team is at the doorstep of being a Super Bowl contender. The next several weeks will shine a light on the franchise’s direction as it should see Rodgers remain at the forefront.