Aaron Rodgers wants to play until 40, preferably with Packers

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Despite a pair of clavicle injuries which have shortened a pair of seasons, Aaron Rodgers is feeling good. And thus healthy, he’s going to get asked about how long he wants to play, because that’s just what we do with quarterbacks.

The 34-year-old Rodgers (who will hit 35 in December) told Peter King that the plan was to hit the next big round number.

I’d love to play to 40,” Rodgers said in King’s debut Football Morning in America column. “I just think that number means a lot. Obviously, Tom [Brady] is kind of rewriting the book. Brett [Favre] had a good season when he turned 40. My goal is be able to move like I do or close to how I do and still be able to do that at 40 . . . just because nobody’s been able to do that and still move around the same. Steve Young’s career was cut short in his late thirties. John [Elway], the same — he didn’t really move the same as when he was younger. So to be able to move the same way at 38, 39, 40 would be cool. That’s my aim.”

Of course, to reach that goal, Rodgers is going to need a new contract, since there are two years left on his and he’s currently (and woefully) underpaid. He seemed to acknowledge offseason reports that he’s looking for a unique contract structure, perhaps something that ties his pay to a percentage of the salary cap. The team sounds hopeful something can be done soon, but that has been their mantra all offseason.

“It’s only been on my mind because . . . people have been writing and talking about it a lot,” Rodgers said. “There have been many conversations about it. I think that there’s some merit to looking into where you do a non-traditional contractual agreement. If anybody at this point is gonna be able to do something like that, I think there needs to be a conversation about it. I never said anything about [tying the contract to] the cap.

“I just think there’s ways to do contracts where you can still be competitive so the team is happy about it, but have some more freedom.”

And he wants to do it in Green Bay, but his close friend Jordy Nelson leaving this offseason was the latest reminder that the Packers are seldom the happily-ever-after team, since they’ve built a reputation of letting guys go a year to soon rather than a year too late.

“But I think in my time there, I realize no one is above the team,” he said. “They can trade Brett Favre, Jordy Nelson. They can not re-sign a Charles Woodson or Julius Peppers. They make decisions that are in the best interest of the team. It could be me at some point. You have to be humble enough to realize that, and I do. I’d love to be able to . . . .

“How many guys get to actually pick the way and the team how they go out? You know? Hardly anybody. You have to understand that’s a real possibility. But, yeah, my dream situation would be to stay in Green Bay.”

Now all they have to do is make that happen, which will begin with the contract.

27 responses to “Aaron Rodgers wants to play until 40, preferably with Packers

  1. “I want a long, storied career to tell my grandkids about, and if they ask why I only won a single Super Bowl, I’ll disown them.”

  2. When he returned in Dec against Panthers he was 3 ints to 3 tds, and a 71.5 passer rating with other very un-Rodgers-like critical balls either sailing or underthrown. Yet he still expects to play well on those dodgy, screwed-in clavicles for the next 5yrs!

    And he cries over Pack not offering Jordy enough to stop him going to Raiders, and claims his contract means little, but he still expects it to be record-breaking – i.e. surpass $30M/yr! There’s a big reality gap here, and either Aaron or Pack – or quite possibly both – will be disappointed.

  3. I think Rodgers is good enough to get to 40 but the reality is that he will not be running around at that age. He’s an incredible athlete but it’s doesn’t matter who you are, 40 year old quarterbacks are just not going to be running around with 25 year old linebackers and safeties chasing him. There’s a reason Brady is still playing and that’s because he’s strictly a pocket passer and doesn’t really ever run outside the pocket. Rodgers has that same ability so as long as he can avoid the major injuries he should be able to do it. He just won’t be running around doing it

  4. Elway and Young didn’t play in the HGH era, nor did they have all the rules protecting the quarterback like today.

  5. soul patrol says:
    July 16, 2018 at 6:40 am
    Rodgers>Brady and it aint even close
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    Why has brady won 5 super bowls (been to 8) while rodgers has 1?

  6. So sick of this jerk – can no longer win with profiting from defensive pre-snap free plays – total fraud.
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    Geez tell us how you really feel oh negative one.

  7. streetyson says:
    July 16, 2018 at 7:02 am
    When he returned in Dec against Panthers he was 3 ints to 3 tds, and a 71.5 passer rating with other very un-Rodgers-like critical balls either sailing or underthrown. Yet he still expects to play well on those dodgy, screwed-in clavicles for the next 5yrs!
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    Didn’t you see that spectacular throw to a dude on a boat this weekend? He must be the greatest of all time if he did that !!
    (Sarcasm)

  8. soul patrol says:
    July 16, 2018 at 6:40 am
    Rodgers>Brady and it aint even close

    Haha!

    The story isn’t even about the greatest QB of all time, yet that’s all you think about. Awesome.

  9. tonyzendejas says:
    July 16, 2018 at 6:47 am
    “I want a long, storied career to tell my grandkids about, and if they ask why I only won a single Super Bowl, I’ll disown them.”
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    Good for you. Which SuperBowl did you play in?

  10. You can’t even get hit as a quarterback any more. Young Elway and Favre were all getting crushed every play. It’s not stronger more reliable athletes, it’s less contact. Just like everything else in the world it’s softer…..

  11. Rodgers would have retired by 28 if he’d played football in the 90’s. Despite the two broken collar bones – he’s never really taken a really hard hit.

    He’s just soft as a marshmallow…

  12. Ron Jull says:
    July 16, 2018 at 6:57 am
    I hope Mr Over rated plays forever.
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    Well, Brady seems to be aiming to do that, so you might get your wish.

  13. gtodriver says:
    July 16, 2018 at 10:28 am
    Rodgers would have retired by 28 if he’d played football in the 90’s. Despite the two broken collar bones – he’s never really taken a really hard hit.

    He’s just soft as a marshmallow…

    \\\\\

    Favre would have never made it to Minnesota if they didn’t change the rules in the 2nd half of his career.

    Brady would have been done 5 years ago.

    We can do this all day.

    I’d site some Minnesota QB’s but none in the last 30 years were worth mentioning…

  14. streetyson says:
    July 16, 2018 at 7:02 am
    When he returned in Dec against Panthers he was 3 ints to 3 tds, and a 71.5 passer rating with other very un-Rodgers-like critical balls either sailing or underthrown. Yet he still expects to play well on those dodgy, screwed-in clavicles for the next 5yrs!

    And he cries over Pack not offering Jordy enough to stop him going to Raiders, and claims his contract means little, but he still expects it to be record-breaking – i.e. surpass $30M/yr! There’s a big reality gap here, and either Aaron or Pack – or quite possibly both – will be disappointed.

    \\\\

    I see the Brady internet defense force is out and jumping on any article that gives another player a compliment. Somehow this is looked at as a slight to Brady by these Pats fans.

    My god, give it a rest. Brady has more titles. Rodgers is still a better QB. Can’t they co-exist without hurting your feelings? Even Brady and Rodgers have great respect for each other.

  15. My god, give it a rest. Brady has more titles. Rodgers is still a better QB. Can’t they co-exist without hurting your feelings?
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    Obviously not.

    Insecure, little man syndrome.

  16. So disappointed this is playing out as it did with #4 (2004-2006)

    Looks like the Packers title chances have passed them by. They may rebound, but perhaps not in time for Rodgers to capitalize on whatever prime years he has left.

  17. aarons444 says:
    July 16, 2018 at 1:03 pm
    Looks like the Packers title chances have passed them by. They may rebound, but perhaps not in time for Rodgers to capitalize on whatever prime years he has left.
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    ………says every Viking fan, every year since 1991, all while starting every season wishing, hoping, and praying.

  18. When he returned in Dec against Panthers he was 3 ints to 3 tds, and a 71.5 passer rating with other very un-Rodgers-like critical balls either sailing or underthrown. Yet he still expects to play well on those dodgy, screwed-in clavicles for the next 5yrs!

    And he cries over Pack not offering Jordy enough to stop him going to Raiders, and claims his contract means little, but he still expects it to be record-breaking – i.e. surpass $30M/yr! There’s a big reality gap here, and either Aaron or Pack – or quite possibly both – will be disappointed.

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    I’m not buying it. He still had GB in field goal range down a TD before Geronimo Allison fumbled with 1:48 remaining. All this against a 9-4 football team, and after he hadn’t played for nearly 10 weeks…perhaps he lacked his usual arm strength at the time because he wasn’t fully healed from a broken collarbone, but I’m still taking the QB with the best QB rating ever all day.

  19. tb12greatest says:

    July 16, 2018 at 8:46 am

    soul patrol says:
    July 16, 2018 at 6:40 am
    Rodgers>Brady and it aint even close
    ————————-

    Why has brady won 5 super bowls (been to 8) while rodgers has 1?
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    Typical Patriot fan. Only looking at Superbowls. You do realize Brady has had great supporting defenses almost his entire career, and good offensive lines protecting him.

    You pair Rodgers with Bill and he wins just as many superbowls. Brady has been on way better teams. How do you explain them winning 3 out of 4 when he was suspended, or winning 11 games when Brady was hurt the one year. Superbowl wins or appearances is not a QB stat and it never will be.

    Stats wise Rodgers is way better and has way more ability to carry a team. If Rodgers had defenses like the Patriots, Gronk, Randy Moss a handful of years, and played in a weak conference it would be totally different. Both are great, but right now….Rodgers is more talented. Period. Brady is more successful…but it’s a team sport.

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