What did Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers have to say about his stance on retirement?
The Packers star and reigning league MVP, Aaron Rodgers, neither confirmed nor denied that he might retire, but rather indicated that he’s not sure. An answer that will only further fuel the speculation about his future.
‘Will he give it another go or will call it quits?’ That’s been the question on the mind of football fans in recent weeks when it comes to the Packers’ star player. If you ask the man himself, he’s not sure about what he intends to do just yet.
Aaron Rodgers explains without explaining whether he’ll retire
Unlike a few other high-profile quarterbacks such as Tom Brady and fellow Green Bay alumni, Brett Favre, both of whom unretired - Favre did so twice - Aaron Rodgers has always maintained that he would retire once and that would be it. To that end, it’s no surprise to see the quarterback taking some time to mull over his options, as he considers the future. Indeed, Rodgers did the same following the conclusion of the last season, when he took a few months to think, before finally putting pen to paper on a three-year $150 million extension last March with the Packers.
Speaking on the “Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday, the former Super Bowl was asked to give comment about his decision-making process concerning retirement, to which he responded by saying he was “not mentally or emotionally at that point to give one.” Rodgers also opened up about his conversations with head coach Matt LaFleur and GM, Brian Gutekunst, about the topic saying, that he “had all the conversations we wanted to have about football,” before adding that the team was not “pressing for any type of specific answer.” He continued by saying, “I think you have a feeling the way you’re leaning,” after which he paused before adding, that he’ll “either be all-in or I’m out.”
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Rodgers appearance was made even more intriguing by the fact that he began to speak of what he would like to see, if he were to take the plunge once again. “Like I said during the season, it’s got to be both sides actually wanting to work together moving forward, and I think there’s more conversations to be had,” he said. “I think no player wants to be part of any type of rebuild. Re-loads are fun. If there’s a rebuild going on, I won’t be a part of it.” Interestingly, the two-time passing touchdown leader didn’t disregard the idea of playing for another team should the Packers choose to go with a younger signal caller like Jordan Love.
“Never say never because the things you say never to usually happen. There’s no point in coming back if you can’t win it all,” Rodgers said. Incidentally, he also touched on the uncertainty surrounding his no-trade clause, explaining that it wouldn’t be a hindrance. “I don’t think we get into a situation, in that imaginary world, where there would be a trade to a team I don’t want to go to.” Seemingly not short on confidence, Rodgers also stated that he believes he can return to his best. “I think I can win MVP again in the right situation...is that Green Bay or somewhere else, I’m not sure and there’s more conversations to be had,” he said. If there’s a take away here, it would be that Aaron Rodgers isn’t done with the gridiron, but he’s prepared to be if he can’t be part of an environment that shares his vision. Of course, that’s just our take, but what we can say is that we’re not going to get a decision in the coming days. Indeed, Rodgers ended his appearance by saying that he’ll be back on the show next week, but won’t have any update. To that, all we can say is watch this space.