Aaron Rodgers is currently weighing his playing future. For the second consecutive year, the Packers star is unsure if he will return to the organization that drafted him.
With several teams likely interested in acquiring his services for next season and beyond, the hunt is on to sign the 39-year-old. Many have Rodgers being traded out of Wisconsin with a host of teams looking like good suitors for the four-time NFL MVP.
Who will Rodgers sign with?
But on his weekly spot on "The Pat McAfee Show," Rodgers detailed that retiring as a Packer is something that is really special. Hence, the door might not be fully closed on a return to Green Bay.
"Listen, I have never been a free agent, which is pretty wild," Rodgers said. "I've never gotten to the end of my contract. So, to even think about being in another uniform never really crossed my mind. You know, even when Jordan (Love) was drafted (in 2020), I thought that might be a possibility, for sure: I might not finish in Green Bay.
"Then, I won two COVID MVPs, and it, you know, obviously seemed a lot less likely. But you never know. I mean, anytime there's a situation where change is possible.
"I think there's been a lot a lot of fun dreaming about retiring as a Packer, because there's something really special about that. But if the competitive hole is still needs to be satiated and it's time to move on, then, I hope everybody would look at that with a lot of gratitude and not any resentment."
Where could Rodgers land in 2023?
This is anyone's guess. With Green Bay, he could play on. Or he could retire. Or other teams in the Las Vegas Raiders or Tennessee Titans seem like good fits. If a trade were to happen, then we can say with some certainty that Green Bay would not trade the 39-year-old in the NFC. That's just silly.
So, the AFC seems like a good bet if Rodgers was to look for a new team. Will the four-time MVP winner want to enter a conference already with Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow and Lamar Jackson (we think)? Potentially.
Whatever Rodgers chooses to do will be criticized from all angles, but does he have a few good years left to win his second Super Bowl ring? Without a doubt.
But just where that happens is anyone's guess.
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