Aaron Rodgers on leaving Green Bay: If it can happen to Favre, it can happen to me

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers thinks he has many good years left in him, but he’s not sure if all those years will be in Green Bay.

Rodgers told the Associated Press that he wants to play as long as Tom Brady, but that he’s not sure if it will all be for one team. Rodgers remembers replacing Brett Favre, who was traded to the Jets before finishing his career with the Vikings.

“I think you have to be humble enough to realize if it could happen to Brett, it can happen to you,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers is under contract for two more years at about $20 million a year, and there’s been talk that he and the Packers may agree to an extension this offseason. So he’s probably not going anywhere any time soon. But the 34-year-old Rodgers has spoken of Brady as a role model, and Brady says he can play until he’s 45. So if Rodgers wants to play that long, perhaps he’ll some day be a Jet, a Viking, or a member of some team other than the one that drafted him to be Favre’s heir apparent.

84 responses to “Aaron Rodgers on leaving Green Bay: If it can happen to Favre, it can happen to me

  1. Are you planning on being a drama queen and retire every offseason only to come out of retirement after training camp? If not, your chances are better than Favre in finishing out your career as a Packer.

    Let’s not pretend that Favre’s actions weren’t a major factor in his release. They were also a major factor in you being drafted.

  2. Packers have no one behind Rodgers to take his place. He will be milked like Bessy the cow.

  3. The Packers are a mediocre team without Rodgers. Rodgers knows that he doesn’t have a Brady situation with team management, coaching, or supporting cast. If you combine that with his contract situation, you can understand his frustration. You can argue that a contract is a contract and that is true, but there is life beyond this contract. If they want him for his NEXT contract, they have to treat him better.

  4. Imagine if we had the guts to ‘go for it’ with arguably the greatest QB of all time. I bet Aaron would have more rings than Brady. In my opinion, he should. But, we wasted his career with incompetent coaching and some of the most atrocious GMing you’ll ever see. It’s remarkable how he’s single handedly carries this franchise for 12+ years. I, for one, would love to see him finish his career with a competent contender.

  5. Aaron is becoming humble now? That’s what happens when you’ve been broken. He knows he’s on the decline. Maybe next he’ll go to his family reunion.

  6. Don’t get me wrong, I admire Favre, but Favre orchestrated his own exit from Green Bay, don’t kid yourselves. Please don’t pretend to know all about it from a USA Today snippet. If you were here, you know.

    He identified a team, not his own, that represented his last best chance to win a SuperBowl. He wanted to leave his teammates for greener pastures. It happened to be Minnesota, but it didn’t matter. He pretended to retire and immediately requested an unconditional release! Why? Why would he do that? Then he “changed his mind,” then he tried it again. Still didn’t work.

    When he finally realized Ted Thompson was smarter than he was, he messed it up until the Packers had no other choice. It was his doing. He’s talented but not the sharpest crayon in the box.

    Rodgers is safe, wanted, and can likely finish his career in Green Bay…….if he doesn’t start playing the same mind games as Favre. And he’s right……remember……..even Montana didn’t finish in San Francisco. It can happen to anybody.

    I’m a Packer fan first……..then Favre, then Rodgers. Nobody is bigger than the team. Favre found out the hard way.

  7. Ok, As a lifelong Packers Fan here, I and fellow Packers fans have also been down this road.When Mr. Favre started to pull this crap, I for one backed what Ted Thompson did in replacing Farve with you.For the good of the Packers organization. My stance has not and will not change. Thank you for showing your hand, the Packers should immediately look to replace you Aaron. Now I maybe in the minority here, but that is how I feel.I am a Packers fan first and if you do not want to be a Packer, so be it. It’s time to move on.

  8. Yes, he should play until he’s 45, what else is he going to do ? Aaron doesn’t have kids, no family, he’s alienated himself from brothers and parents, not dating Olivia Mann. Basically, he has nothing to look forward to in life, so he should just play football.

  9. Wahwahwah…so Favre changed his mind. Death penalty!! Then Thompson poison pilled a trade to the jets…..and AFTER that he had his best year ever as a Viking. No class GB. Even Irsay has more…releasing Manning…no poison pill trade there.

    Some organizations have class some don’t. GB doesn’t. If I were Rodgers, I’d ASK to be traded. Hey Packer fans…here come the 70’s and 80’s again…..

  10. I think Rodgers is the best player in the NFL. That’s just my opinion. Brady is a great QB but if he misses a game or 4 the Patriots keep on rolling. Without Rodgers the Packers are not as good. That’s a testament to how great a player he is. I hate the Packers. Despise them but that doesn’t change the fact that Rodgers is flat out awesome. I wish he was with the Vikings. Somehow the Vikings would mess that up though. Like Peterson fumbling away the Super Bowl and then fumbling away a win against the Seahags. I’m a bitter resentful pessimistic fool who still roots for a redemption that will never come.

  11. Favre basically forced his way out of GB, even if he didn’t intend to. Doubt that happens again, but it makes for a good story I suppose.

  12. Favre forced his way out of Green Bay with his dramatics. Rodgers just wants to see management put an actual team around him instead of the roster of turds Ted Thompson assembled the past seven years.

  13. P.S.

    Come to think of it. Maybe the Packers should trade Aaron Rodgers now anyway. With the the compensation that they get, the new Regime can build there own team. Get the best “young” QB they can and keep this run going.

  14. AR likes being in a real city this week, like MPLS, where he can get all the adulation and attention he desires, and deserves. C’mon home…..
    SKOL!

  15. Are you planning on being a drama queen and retire every offseason only to come out of retirement after training camp? If not, your chances are better than Favre in finishing out your career as a Packer.

    Let’s not pretend that Favre’s actions weren’t a major factor in his release. They were also a major factor in you being drafted.
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    Actually, Favre did not retire every single season, he retired and came back only once and never once missed training camp. In the year he did retire he was in Jets training camp from day one. Just the facts, dude.

  16. terripet says:
    February 3, 2018 at 8:53 am
    The best quarterback in the league isn’t going anywhere

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    Agreed- Tom Brady is going to retire as a Patriot.

  17. Favre retired making AR the starter and then he unretired and wanted his job back which failed because AR was goood and young.the Packers would only consider trading AR when he gets old only if they had a backup as good as AR was under Favre and hopefully they find that quarterback soon.

  18. Rodgers is not Brady. Not even close. Brady lifts SB trophies, while Rodgers shows his diva mug all over the place. I’m getting tired of him. Quit blabbing, Aaron, and start playing.

  19. I think aaron lives in fear now. Fear of his job since gb kicked his qb coach to the curb. Fear of another legitimate physical mighty hit. His mindset is now in anxiety mode. Disaster awaits next season.

  20. First Rodgers is not happy about the firing of quarterback coach Alex Van Pelt. Next he talks about not finishing his career in Green Bay. Possible signs of trouble in Titletown.

  21. If Brady wins this year and next, he’ll retire.

    Rodgers contract expires and he’s a free agent.

    Belichick signs Rodgers.

    Rodgers becomes GOAT

  22. Rodgers’ injury was the reason why the Packers missed the playoffs this season. Rodgers is still playing well, even though they have not gone back to the SB since winning it. They traded Favre because they had Rodgers and Favre was on the decline. It is certainly possible that Rodgers will play for another team, but the Packers will need to find a replacement who is at least his equal for that to happen. OTOH, if the team needs a massive rebuild with no chance of reaching the playoffs, then they may indeed get rid of him to save cap space and perhaps to get some first round draft picks.

  23. Long term future in the NFL is uncertain for everyone. Maybe someday years from now he may play for a different team, but we all know he’s not going anywhere else in the near future.

  24. To those that say Favre forced his way out, consider this..

    The Packers had to be the most incompetent organization in sports history to not realize what they had in Aaron Rodgers.

    Why fight for Favre with that kind of talent wasting away on your bench?

  25. Favre flip flopped on retirement for years. Green Bay ended up drafting Rodgers because of the flip flopping. That is why Favre ended up gone from Green Bay. If Rodgers commits and plays well, he will retire a Packer.

  26. Packer fans, think you are missing the real issue here . Rodgers already voiced his dislike for not being consulted about the Packers letting Van Pelt the QBs coach go . Now he’s talking about leaving . Seems to me he’s sending the message that the downhill trajectory of this team isn’t acceptable to him and if things don’t change he will be ready to move on . Can’t blame him because he’s already wasted the majority of his career carrying the team without much needed help because of inept management . Knowing his career is winding down Rodgers is smart enough to know if he’s going to play in another Super Bowl it won’t be in Green Bay unless there’s a major change in leadership which is very unlikely based on the moves made this past offseason.

  27. I don’t know where Aaron is going to play in the future but I would love to see him setting on Danika’s pit box for the Daytona 500.

  28. Packers are Colts North. Barren roster that is exposed without the Qb.

    They’ve wasted his career just like the Vikings did with Peterson sending him out there with bums like Tavaris Jackson and sage rosenfels

  29. worstfranchiseinprofessionalsports says:

    I know we had a brutal season and all but come on. We’re just starting a 10-20 year rebuild. We’re not the Browns. Come back with that name if we don’t make the playoffs for the next 25 years.

  30. He’s most likely about to become the highest paid player in league history. If he does leave Green Bay it will probably be due to a salary cap move 5-6 years down the road.

  31. 13chpshps says:
    February 3, 2018 at 9:18 am
    Are you planning on being a drama queen and retire every offseason only to come out of retirement after training camp? If not, your chances are better than Favre in finishing out your career as a Packer.

    Let’s not pretend that Favre’s actions weren’t a major factor in his release. They were also a major factor in you being drafted.
    __________________________________________________________________________________
    Actually, Favre did not retire every single season, he retired and came back only once and never once missed training camp. In the year he did retire he was in Jets training camp from day one. Just the facts, dude.

    Yeah, your right but he talked about it and skipped out of of offseason mini camps for about 5 years before he did

  32. Ok if he does not want to be in Green Bay anymore so be it, but get the most out of his trade value and don’t trade him to a NFC team :

    Here is a couple of options :

    Cleveland all the internet general managers say he could make them a super bowl contender so Green Bay demand this :

    Cleveland gives Green Bay :

    2018 ist round number 1 and number 4 pick
    Myles Garrett
    2018 second round pick number 33
    Corey Coleman

    Green Bay gives Cleveland :

    Aaron Rodgers
    Jordy Nelson

    Don’t budge on this demand don’t let Rodgers dictate where he will be traded he is still locked up with 2 yrs left on his contract

    Cleveland can take it or leave it

    Draft the young QB you feel will be the next in line you have just save almost 30 million in cap room and sign a free agent QB.

  33. vikesfansteve says:
    February 3, 2018 at 8:56 am
    I think Rodgers is the best player in the NFL. That’s just my opinion. Brady is a great QB but if he misses a game or 4 the Patriots keep on rolling. Without Rodgers the Packers are not as good. That’s a testament to how great a player he is. I hate the Packers. Despise them but that doesn’t change the fact that Rodgers is flat out awesome. I wish he was with the Vikings. Somehow the Vikings would mess that up though. Like Peterson fumbling away the Super Bowl and then fumbling away a win against the Seahags. I’m a bitter resentful pessimistic fool who still roots for a redemption that will never come.
    ——-//
    2016 with Rodgers – Packers 10-6, with a 4 game losing streak in there.
    2017 – packers 4-2 with Rodgers, 3-7 without. Finishing 7-9

    2007 Patriots – 16-0 with a brady
    2008 Patriots – 10-6 without.

    Both are HOF QBs as seen by their drop off in wins, only a fool would argue their greatness. Brady has a better coach, Rodgers has better offensive talent (specifically at WR) over the years. I don’t recall Brady having 4 game slides though or finishing anything less than 12 wins for about 15 years though. As much as it bothers people, Brady has that ‘it’ factor where he can just will a team to win where Rodgers doesn’t. Physically it’s not even close, Rodgers is better, better arm, great accuracy, can run, etc. but the mental game doesn’t show up in the stats column so it’s harder to argue.

    Someone gave a stat the other day that was telling, when the other team scored 21+ points or more, brady is 60-46 and Rodgers was 25-28. Over time, the Patriots have had a better overall defense than Rodgers packers but when the defense is letting up points Brady is still bringing his to win. The stat in the 4th quarter when losing by one or more points to a team with a winning record is even more telling, Rodgers is 2-35. Both coming against the Cowboys and Hawks recently. He just doesn’t have that ‘it’ factor when the game is on the line and they need him the most

  34. Brady is valuable in ways that Rodgers is not. Brady has put his imprint on the Patriots over the past 17 years. Even when he is not on the field, it is HIS offense, the receivers are running routes the way the HE perfected and worked with them on, and the entire offense is operating in a way that he has refined over the years.

    With Rodgers, you get the sense that he is a great gameday QB, but other than the WRs knowing that he is their meal ticket, the rest of the team kinda doesn’t care for the guy.

  35. UFA– which incedently is absolutely fair– is probably the biggest reason the NFL is plummeting in popularity. It used to be that you rooted for an actual team, but with constantly changing rosters and a mercenary market, we just root for laundry. Teams no longer create a sustainable identity, and as such, don’t cultivate loyalties like in the past. Thus, its much easier to walk away.

  36. purplepridepolysemy says:
    February 3, 2018 at 10:48 am
    Wishful thinking from all Vikings fans that Rodgers will leave Green Bay soon, but unfortunately I don’t think that is happening.

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    Oh it’s happening sweetheart

  37. Ha ha. Notice Sharon didn’t say he wants to be a packers for life like Brees or any other qb would say. That means he wants out and doesn’t care about packers. Most importantly, he wants to play for a winning team which has the talent. Unlike packers with high school talents. Lol

  38. viking fans are all wetting themselves with thoughts of a 40-yr old Aaron Rodgers suiting up for them and getting them their first super bowl. lol.

  39. This is going to sound backwards, but hear me out. The fact that the Packers can’t win without Rodgers on the field is exactly why they should not sign him. When your payroll is all consumed by one guy, then you have 51 other positions that you are having to compromise on. They would be better off upgrading at 15 other positions and getting a QB who is “good enough”…

  40. “Patriots get Rodgers. Dynasty picks up more steam. World’s collective heads explode”

    That’s the only way I’d watch a Patriots game in the foreseeable future.

  41. “With Rodgers, you get the sense that he is a great gameday QB, but other than the WRs knowing that he is their meal ticket, the rest of the team kinda doesn’t care for the guy.”

    Favre wasn’t a great leader either. Just by his work ethic/desire.

    That’s not why those Packers didn’t win more Titles. (Poor coaching, weak defense)

    Same with Rodgers. (Poor coaching, weak defense)

  42. codylaws says:
    February 3, 2018 at 2:06 pm
    Ha ha. Notice Sharon didn’t say he wants to be a packers for life like Brees or any other qb would say. That means he wants out and doesn’t care about packers. Most importantly, he wants to play for a winning team which has the talent. Unlike packers with high school talents. Lol
    //////////////////////////////////////

    Who?

  43. Patrick M says:
    Packers are Colts North. Barren roster that is exposed without the Qb.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    Vikings are a 1 year wonder. And they don't have a QB. Next season you'll be WONDERING "what the hell happened"………..??????

  44. CheeseisGoodforYou! says:
    February 3, 2018 at 6:07 pm
    Patrick M says:
    Packers are Colts North. Barren roster that is exposed without the Qb.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    Vikings are a 1 year wonder. And they don't have a QB. Next season you'll be WONDERING "what the hell happened"………..??????

    //////./////////////

    4 years of Zim, Vikings are 39-25, during those 4 years the pack is 39-25. Not to bright are we.

  45. Rodgers has said multiple times that he wants to retire as a Packer.

    What he pointed out here is that if the Packers want to move on from him before he wants to retire, like they did Favre, then he will be forced to play for another team.

    While every team in the NFL may fantasize about the Packers letting Rodgers walk, I doubt that will be happening any time soon. That is, if it even happens at all.

  46. revelation123 says:

    February 4, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Rodgers has said multiple times that he wants to retire as a Packer.

    What he pointed out here is that if the Packers want to move on from him before he wants to retire, like they did Favre, then he will be forced to play for another team.

    While every team in the NFL may fantasize about the Packers letting Rodgers walk, I doubt that will be happening any time soon. That is, if it even happens at all.

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    I want to retire with (Fill in the blank) team is what every player’s cliché answer is. Why would Rodgers want to stay with the Packers? Terrible management, cannot get quality free agent players, bottom of the league defense year after year, playing in severely cold weather.

    Rodgers could win a Superbowl with a lot of different teams, not just GB. He could go somewhere that has more talent on it’s overall team, and play in a warmer state that has no income.

    I can understand Green Bay will try everything they can to keep him. He is the only reason they are any good, but at some point Aaron will have to decide where to play….and there is nothing Green Bay can do. He will make a ton of cash anywhere he goes. Why wouldn’t you at least explore other options? He could go to a team like Jacksonville, who has a top defense, good receivers, good running back and good offensive line.

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