Packers not ready to move on from Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers will make a decision on whether to return in 2023, but the Green Bay Packers have made their position clear.
Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst insists that the franchise is not ready to move on from Aaron Rodgers. Having ended the season 8-9, missing out on the playoffs for the first time since 2018, Rodgers will take time to decide whether to return in 2023 – or whether he will remain in Green Bay.
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That leaves the Packers with uncertainty ahead of the new season, but they will not rush Rodgers on his decision, while Gutekunst feels he could look the veteran quarterback in the eye and tell him if they planned to move on. That is not the case this time around, however, with the Packers keen to retain Rodgers for another season.
“You’ve got to be honest with him, you know what I mean? I think he deserves that if we get to that point. We’re not at that point,” he told reporters. “We made a really big commitment to him last offseason, so I think as we did that it wasn’t certainly for just this year. He’s going to take his time, and the communication will be pretty constant as we move forward.”
Love plus one
When Rodgers left November’s loss at the Philadelphia Eagles due to a rib injury, Jordan Love came in to lead a pair of scoring drives late on, but Gutekunst made it clear who his preferred option to lead the offense was. Asked whether it was Rodgers or Love who gives the Packers a better chance next season, he replied: “Well, I mean, you’re talking about a four-time MVP, right? We are very excited about Jordan and where he’s at, there’s no doubt about that. But Jordan’s never played a 16-, 17-game season and gone through all that stuff. So, it’s no different than when we moved from Brett [Favre] to Aaron, right? That’s a hard thing to say, but at the same time, where Aaron’s at, the level he’s at, there’s not many teams he wouldn’t give the best chance to win.”
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