Are the Green Bay Packers finished with their veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers? Sources say it’s possible.
“League sources believe the franchise prefers to move on from Rodgers,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter said in a recent report following the end of the regular 2022 NFL season. The decision to possibly depart with their quarterback is reportedly driven by multiple reasons, including finances, the future of the Packers, and general feelings toward Rodgers.
Green Bay is currently $16 million over the salary cap, and once Rodgers’ bonus goes into effect, he will be responsible for the franchise’s cap hit of $31.6 million in 2023. Due to this risky contract, trading Rodgers might be a viable option for the team. In fact, many NFL executives think the franchise is more likely to trade the 39-year-old quarterback than hold onto him.
Rodgers even shared that he’s made peace with his career with Green Bay during an interview on “The Pat McAfee Show,” expressing that he’s “open to all honest and direct conversations” if a trade is in order.
In addition, the Packers signed 24-year-old Jordan Love, and it is very possible the team wants a chance to put their backup quarterback and a first-round draft pick to work. In fact, Rodgers himself said he’d be ready to move on from Green Bay if Love is ready to assume responsibility.
Aaron Rodger will decide if it’s time to move on from the Green Bay Packers after his silent retreat is over
“They drafted my replacement, and if I didn’t win two COVID MVPs, this conversation probably would’ve happened earlier,” the veteran quarterback said in an interview. “But in a year where I’m not going to win MVP, it allows for all the different conjectures of if Jordan is ready and if it’s time to move on.”
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However, as of now, no one knows what’s next for Aaron Rodgers except for Aaron Rodgers. Having not decided if he will even play in the upcoming 2023-2024 season, the quarterback is focusing on taking it one day at a time. As a part of this life motto, he’s made the decision to embark on a four-day “darkness retreat” soon after the Super Bowl on Sunday.
“I’ve got a pretty cool opportunity to do a little self-reflection in some isolation,” the NFL star said during an appearance on Pat McAfee’s recent episode. “And then after that, I feel like I’ll be a lot closer to a final, final decision.”
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