The Green Bay Packers fell to the San Francisco 49ers 13-10 last weekend.
Amazingly, Aaron Rodgers’ season ended despite the other side having not scored a single offensive touchdown all game.
Rodgers finished the day with 225 yards, zero scores and zero picks on 20-of-29 passing.
Because of how the year had gone for him, and due in large part to what had transpired over the prior offseason, questions immediately loomed regarding Rodgers’ future in Green Bay.
The Packers quarterback attempted to address them to the best of his ability.
Specifically, Rodgers was pressed on whether he believed the Packers could compete for a Super Bowl next season.
“That’s a fair question; definitely one I’ve thought about.”
After pausing, Rodgers then added: “I don’t want to be a part of a rebuild if I’m going to keep playing.”
Obviously that’s not a great sign if you’re a Packers fan.
Later in the week, Rodgers appeared on his good friend Pat McAfee’s show. While there, he refused to offer an answer one way or the other on his future in Green Bay. But he did rule out one option.
“One thing I will not do is retire & then come back a year later.. I’m in a really good place with Brian Gutekunst & when it comes time to make a decision we’ll have a conversation” ~@AaronRodgers12#PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/vL205RLlv3
— at McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 25, 2022
“One thing I will not do is retire and then come back a year later,” he said. “…I’m in a really good place with Brian Gutekunst and when it comes time to make a decision we’ll have a conversation.”
It’s worth remembering, not long ago one particular team was mentioned as a likely candidate to try to finagle a trade for Rodgers and wide receiver Davante Adams in the offseason. It wouldn’t be surprising to hear that chatter resurface in the coming days and weeks.
Adams, after all, has made his opinion on Rodgers’ backup, Jordan Love, very clear.
This has been a crazy year for Rodgers. Between his controversy with Erin Andrews, the comments he made that certain folks didn’t appreciate and his occasionally contentious choice of attire – it has been one thing after another.
Erin Andrews kept it real. https://t.co/tRrUHhKeaG
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 27, 2022
That being said, despite his offseason drama and irrespective of the fact that he has beefed with his front office (and his own teammates dislike him) – Rodgers is an incredible player. As such, if the Packers can have him back – they’ll do everything in their power to make it happen.
Where will Rodgers ultimately end up when it’s all said and done? Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.