Rodgers: Retiring a Packer ‘may not be a reality’

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers nonetheless desires to complete his profession with the Inexperienced Bay Packers, however he is aware of that turned tougher when his group traded as much as No. 26 to pick out his potential substitute, Utah State quarterback Jordan Love, in final month’s NFL draft.

Rodgers admitted Friday he was shocked and never “thrilled by the decide, essentially,” however he added, “I perceive.”

“I feel it was extra the shock of the decide, primarily based alone emotions of eager to play into my 40s, and actually the conclusion that it does change the controllables just a little bit,” Rodgers stated throughout an almost 40-minute convention name. “As a result of as a lot as I really feel assured in my talents and what I can accomplish and what we are able to accomplish, there are some new elements which might be out of my management. And so my honest need to begin and end with the identical group, simply because it has with many different gamers through the years, might not be a actuality at this level.

“And as a lot as I perceive the group’s future outlook and wanting to verify they’re serious about the group now and down the road — and I respect that — on the similar time, I nonetheless consider in myself and have a powerful need to play into my 40s. And I am simply undecided how that every one works collectively at this level.”

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Rodgers, 36, is underneath contract for 4 extra seasons through the $134 million contract extension he signed in August 2018, and on Friday he reiterated his need to complete out that contract after which maybe play past it.

The Packers might start to reap salary-cap financial savings on Rodgers’ deal in the event that they moved on after the 2020 season, however it will be small; they might save solely $4.76 million on the cap and have $31.556 million in useless cash. Rodgers has a cap variety of $36.three million in 2021 and $39.9 million in 2022. After the 2021 season, the Packers would save $22.648 million in salary-cap house by making a transfer, however must rely $17.204 million in useless cash.

Rodgers sat behind Brett Favre for three years before Favre briefly retired following the 2007 season. By the time Favre expressed a desire to return for the 2008 season, the Packers told him they had moved on to Rodgers and traded Favre to the New York Jets. Favre then finished his career with two seasons for the rival Minnesota Vikings.

Favre said recently that he thought the Love pick meant Rodgers also would finish his career with another team.

“I think what it does is just reinforce kind of the adage that you can only control what you can control,” Rodgers said. “It’s always been a mantra for myself, but I think any great athlete there’s things that are just out of our control. That obviously is something that’s very important to me, but I think is definitely telling at this point that is truly something that’s out of my control. What I can control is how I play and making that decision at some point a very hard one. You know, if I were to retire in the organization’s timetable, then it’s an easy decision. But if there comes a time where I feel like I can still play at a high level and my body feels great, you know, then there’s other guys that have gone on and played elsewhere.”

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Louis Riddick offers Jordan Love’s career trajectory as a factor that will determine how much longer Aaron Rodgers stays with the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers went 13-3 and reached the NFC Championship Game last season, despite Rodgers playing below his previous MVP standard. He posted his lowest career Total QBR (50.4) in the regular season and had 10 games with a Total QB under 50 (second most among starting quarterbacks, behind only the Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky with 11). In a sign that his mobility and willingness to run have waned, he held the ball for an average of 2.88 seconds (the sixth highest in the NFL last season, according to Next Gen Stats data).

His leadership, however, was key to getting players to buy into new coach Matt LaFleur’s system.

“I totally understand where he’s coming from,” LaFleur said Friday during a conference call shortly after Rodgers spoke. “I think he’s very motivated, and he doesn’t need external motivation. He’s one of the most competitive people I’ve ever been around. And you guys, you can see that competitiveness every time we step out on that field. So I don’t think it’s going to drive him any more than if we would’ve drafted somebody else. I just think that’s who he is, that’s how he’s wired, that’s why he’s achieved the things that he’s done throughout his career.”

Rodgers’ relationship with Favre was icy at first, although the two later grew close. Favre famously said: “My contract doesn’t say I have to get Aaron Rodgers ready to play. Now hopefully he watches me and gets something from that.”

Rodgers, however, initiated the first conversation with Love the day after the Packers picked him, and said Love isn’t at fault for the situation.

“I’ve had great relationships over the years with [backups], and I’d expect that same type of relationship with Jordan,” Rodgers said. “You know, again, he didn’t get asked to be drafted by the Packers.

“He’s not to blame at all. He’s just coming in excited about his opportunity. We had a great conversation the day after the draft, and I’m excited to work with him. He seems like a really good kid with a good head on his shoulders. Similar story, not heavily recruited out of college. Kind of made his way at Utah State and we’ve had some great conversations.”

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