Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers addressed the annual rumors about his future on The Pat McAfee Show this week. This time, the topics ranged from the New York Jets to retirement.
Rodgers is coming off a year that saw Green Bay (8-9) finish out of the postseason for the first time since 2018. While he threw for 3,695 yards, he had just 26 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. It was, overall, a very flat year for both the QB and his squad, and they appear to have fallen behind both the Vikings and the Lions in the NFC North pecking order now.
The four-time NFL MVP has been the subject of persistent stories over the last few off-seasons, as it seems like fans in Wisconsin are resigned to the idea that #12 might not retire a Packer. Maybe it’s the current environment in the NFL, where we’ve seen several franchise quarterbacks switch jerseys in unprecedented numbers. Or perhaps it’s just the perception that Rodgers has been eyeing a more glamorous market for a while now.
For his part, Rodgers says that he doesn’t know what sources these stories swirl from. As far as he’s concerned, he’s not sure what he wants to do yet in 2023.
The Las Vegas Raiders and New York Jets have been reported as potential destinations for the future Hall of Famer. That is… if he even plays at all.
As Aaron Rodgers was preparing for the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, he talked about the topic with Pat McAfee and his assembled co-hosts.
“I haven’t been thinking about much of anything right now, and it’s been great,” Rodgers chuckled. “I haven’t really been thinking about football.”
Rodgers also discussed how he had been spending his leisure time since the Packers’ campaign ended before the inevitable questions popped up.
Because Rodgers owns property in the Nashville, Tennessee, area, former teammate AJ Hawk often gives him a hard time about joining the Titans at some point. However, it’s all in jest and a running joke.
With Rodgers as a regular guest on the show, both McAfee and Hawk – former NFL players themselves – can relate to the mass of media that the Packers’ signal caller deals with.
Although the show makes light of the topic, Rodgers often does open up about the potential end of his career when he’s a guest.
Rodgers spoke about the prospect of his possibly even retiring. At this point, however, he says he hasn’t made a concrete decision about his future one way or another. He’s biding his time, while the entire league is expecting another quarterback carousel this off-season.
“When you’ve played as long as I have, and you know, you like to re-cap the things that happened” Rodgers commented. “You enjoy journaling into things. I think it’s important to look at the tone of those things, and where your mind is. You just have to get away from the emotion of it.”
“I always think, I can’t make a decision until after the Super Bowl, because there’s still football going on… But I think you have to be cognizant of what was going on in your mind during the season.”
In the meantime, the loyalists in Green Bay and Packer faithful all over the world are waiting with bated breath.