Tick tock, the clock is officially running on Aaron Rodgers stay with the Green Bay Packers. The countdown to his exit started the second the Packers traded up to take Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Unlike the way Bret Favre dealt with Rodgers’s arrival in Green Bay, Rodgers has gone so far in the opposite direction that one could say he has been a class act.
Publicly he is saying all the right things despite the fact that he most feel totally unappreciated by the franchise he steered into the NFC championship game just last year.
Rodgers appeared on the new highly entertaining “10 Questions with Kyle Brandt” podcast on The Ringer. Brandt was told by Rodgers that he sees the Packers moving on from him in a few years, Rodgers conceded that’s more likely to happen than making Love sit for a long stretch.
“I think that’s probably what happens,” Rodgers said of playing elsewhere. “Based on just the circumstances around everything. Just look at the facts. They traded up. They drafted him. I would say they like him, they want to play him.”
It’s almost hard to believe the level of realism that Rodgers brought to the interview. While he didn’t take any shots at the Packers, he certainly was able to express the facts in a realistic way.
The NFL Has Changed
Rodgers went on to point out how things have changed in the NFL since he entered the NFL in 2005. He discussed how first-round picks rarely sit a year, let alone three anymore.
“It’s a different environment,” he said. “In 2005, my first year we were 4-12, second year, we were 8-8. There wasn’t a clamoring to play me because it was normal for young guys to sit. In the third year, ’07, we go 13-3. We’re one play, we’re overtime in the NFC Championship playing at home against the Giants from going to the Super Bowl. Different scenario. Now, I think quarterbacks are playing earlier. It gives some latitude for young coaches and GMs to play their guys. And I get it. I really do.”
Rodgers’s contract runs through 2023, but there is a potential buy out and the end of 2022. At this point, I’d say it is unlikely that he will be moved before the end of 2022. After, that who knows?
“I don’t harbor any ill will about it,” Rodgers said of the Love selection. “Was I bummed out? Of course, who wouldn’t be? I wanted to play my entire career in Green Bay. I love the city. I grew up there, really, I got there when I was 21, I’m 36 now. You know, a lot changes during that time. But look, I get it. I see it completely clearly, and I’m not bitter about it. It just kind of is what it is.”
Brandt, who is a Bears fan asked Rodgers about the Chicago Bears.
“Oh man, that’s a tough thought right there, man,” Rodgers said.
The MIGHTY Line
Aaron Rodgers is going to be 37 in December and could essentially become a free agent when he turns 39. Clearly, the writing is on the wall for Rodgers if Jordan Love lives up to the hype.
Now, as more and more QB’s play into their 40’s it wouldn’t be surprising to see Rodgers rolling around in a moving pocket wearing the color purple or the baby blue of Titans. The reality is my magic 8 ball is broken, so I’m unable to predict who will be looking for a quarterback in 2 years other than the Cleveland Browns.
Ultimately, the clock is ticking louder and louder every day and I guess we should all go ahead and set a calendar reminder for the spring of 2023 so we can finalize those cool pirate-themed “Rodgers-Bay” t-shirts and hoodies.