Packers' Aaron Rodgers Not 'Mentally or Emotionally' Ready to Make Decision on Future

Erin WalshJanuary 17, 2023

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 08: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before a game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on January 08, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is going to take some time to contemplate his future following a disappointing finish to the 2022 season in which Green Bay went 8-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2018 campaign.

"We had all the conversations we wanted to have about football for now. They're not pressing for any type of specific answer, and I'm not mentally or emotionally at that point," Rodgers said of his exit meetings with the Packers during an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show (h/t ESPN's Rob Demovsky).

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How'd the meetings go with Brian Gutekunst?<br><br>"We had all the conversations we wanted to have about football for now and we'll take some time to contemplate the future" ~<a href="https://twitter.com/AaronRodgers12?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AaronRodgers12</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PMSLive?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PMSLive</a> <a href="https://t.co/l4z3lDCl97">pic.twitter.com/l4z3lDCl97</a>

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"I think you always have a feeling where you're leaning but there's a lot of things that come into play"<a href="https://twitter.com/AaronRodgers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AaronRodgers</a> chats about his future <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PMSLive?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PMSLive</a> <a href="https://t.co/J7FgWsAjE4">pic.twitter.com/J7FgWsAjE4</a>

Rodgers and the Packers agreed to a new three-year, $150.8 million deal ahead of the 2022 season. However, he could opt to retire this offseason, or Green Bay could trade him and turn to Jordan Love in 2023.

As it stands, the Packers are $16.3 million over the cap, which means they currently have no room to make improvements entering the 2023 campaign. They'll have to make some cuts ahead of the new league year, which doesn't bode well for their hopes of making it back to the postseason.

If Rodgers doesn't retire, a trade seems much more likely than him staying in Green Bay. According to Spotrac, the Packers would save $15.8 million in 2023 by trading Rodgers after June 1, though they would be left with a dead cap hit of $15.8 million in 2023 and $24.5 million in 2024.

Rodgers, who turned 39 on Dec. 2, has spent his entire 18-year career in Green Bay. The Packers selected him in the first round of the 2005 draft, and he became the team's starter in 2008.

Since then, Rodgers has earned 10 Pro Bowl selections, four MVP awards and four All-Pro selections, among other accolades. He has also thrown for 59,055 yards and 475 touchdowns in his career.

While he has achieved great individual success, the Packers have won only one Super Bowl with Rodgers under center, which came during the 2010 season. Since then, Green Bay has reached the NFC Championship Game four times, but it has come up short in each of those games.

Rodgers will undoubtedly go down as one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, but it might be time for the Packers to start preparing for the future. If the franchise makes him available for trade, he'll be one of the most sought-after players on the market.