Aaron Rodgers thinking about playing past 40, preferably in Green Bay

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Aaron Rodgers looks around at older quarterbacks getting chances to keep playing, and he’s encouraged.

Even if a couple of them changing teams late in their careers bugs him a little, as well.

During an interview with Pat McAfee and former teammate A.J. Hawk, the Packers quarterback said the examples of new Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, new Colts quarterback Philip Rivers, and Saints fixture Drew Brees, the 36-year-old Rodgers said he can imagine doing the same.

How do you not?” Rodgers said of considering playing into his 40s. “I’m not some cliché guy that’s going to talk about taking it year by year. Of course, you look at what Tom’s doing and still able to play at his age and play at a high level, and obviously what Drew has done and Phil getting an opportunity to keep rolling in Indy.

“My thing is, legacy is really important. Having an opportunity to do it all in Green Bay would mean a lot to me. I understand the track record of our squad. There’s been times where we’ve had veteran players and they’ve finished elsewhere. I get it. I’d like to make that decision easy for them.

“The only way to do that is to keep playing at a high level and give them no choice but to keep bringing you back because you’re the best option and give them the best chance to win. That’s my goal. I’ve got four years left on my deal. I’d like to play four at a really, really high level and if I feel like keep on keeping on from that point, to do it.

“I feel confident right now. I’m going to be 40 when the deal ends. I feel like I can keep going after that the way things have been going.”

Rodgers’ contract runs through the 2023 season, during which he’ll turn 40. And while it’s understandable to want to finish where he started, seeing Brady and Rivers (and Brett Favre because of Rodgers) have final chapters elsewhere has to give him pause.

50 responses to “Aaron Rodgers thinking about playing past 40, preferably in Green Bay

  1. Of course, you look at what Tom’s doing and still able to play at his age and play at a high level
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    why is he comparing himself to Brady? Rodgers can’t even play at a high level anymore at 36. His game is different than Brady (Brees, Rivers too). Them lasting into their 40s has no relation to Rodgers. Rodgers decline has already started years ago.

  2. Rodgers was very honest about why it was all about him and his legacy. Fact of the matter is Rodgers has been in decline. It is very visible to those paying attention. AR also wanted and contract. He will ask for closer to $40 million a year too.
    And please leave Brady out of it. You are no where near Tom.

  3. personally i enjoy that green bay is on the hook for that huge contract+Rodgers declining skills. that and Rodgers not having the best temperament for when things don’t go right. its gonna be great fun to watch as well.

  4. As long as he’s prepared to take a massive pay cut then maybe, but he’s making way more than he should right now. How many Superbowl trips has he produced for Green Bay? Right exactly.. overrated and overpaid

  5. Not a Packers fan but an honest look at Aaron Rodgers’s recent stats does not reflect much decline at all. His stats in a run-oriented offense last year included 26 TDs, 4 INTs and over 4,000 passing yards. Almost exactly like the year before.

  6. Rodgers decline has already started years ago.
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    Didn’t stop him from beating your team twice last year.

    In 2019 Rodgers had a better completion percentage, more yards, and half the int’s then he had in 2015 when they went 15-1. His “down” year in 2018 saw him throw for 4500 yards and 25 TDS vs only 2 int’s, and last year with renewed focus on the run (our RB lead the league in TD’s, remember.
    Not delicate Dalvin as y’all predicted) and he still had over 4k yards, 25 TDS and 4 picks. But keep telling everyone he’s declining, just don’t forget to look at the scoreboard and the standings.

  7. 2016 was the last time he played at a really high level. And 2020-21 may get canceled.

    Good luck with that plan.

  8. pkrlvr says:
    April 3, 2020 at 5:09 pm
    Rodgers decline has already started years ago.
    ——
    Didn’t stop him from beating your team twice last year.
    ////////
    Since you repeatedly say Cousins and the Vikings are garbage, I’m not sure what your argument is here.

  9. I’ve always thought that Rodgers would hang it up not because he was physically incapable, but more that he just got bored with continuing to play football and wanted to move on to something else. Then again, for $30M/yr he could probably deal with being bored for a couple years in his 40s. The guy is still better than 80-90% of all the other NFL QBs out there, which as an opposing NFCN fan, sucks.

  10. If you graph Rodgers’ passer rating each year over his career, it looks like what we hope the coronavirus infection rate looks like a couple weeks from now (i.e., declining rapidly).

  11. What a great answer! He’s truly a professional that understands both the limits and business sides of his profession. The Packers and Packer fans are honored and grateful to have him so solidly in our camp. You couldn’t ask for a more consistent and successful leader. If young quarterbacks want to know how it’s done, look no further than Aaron Charles Rodgers.

  12. pkrlvr says:
    April 3, 2020 at 5:09 pm
    Rodgers decline has already started years ago.
    ——
    Didn’t stop him from beating your team twice last year.

    In 2019 Rodgers had a better completion percentage, more yards, and half the int’s then he had in 2015 when they went 15-1. His “down” year in 2018 saw him throw for 4500 yards and 25 TDS vs only 2 int’s, and last year with renewed focus on the run (our RB lead the league in TD’s, remember.
    Not delicate Dalvin as y’all predicted) and he still had over 4k yards, 25 TDS and 4 picks. But keep telling everyone he’s declining, just don’t forget to look at the scoreboard and the standings.

    I have never seen a fan base celebrate a regular season win for as long as Packer fans are. it is April and you are still cheering the fact that the Packers beat the Vikings in December. congrats and that packer’s accomplishment but I don’t see how that dispells the fact Rodgers is in decline. and 2015 was cherry picked. try looking year ver year.

  13. jbcommonsense says:
    April 3, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Not a Packers fan but an honest look at Aaron Rodgers’s recent stats does not reflect much decline at all. His stats in a run-oriented offense last year included 26 TDs, 4 INTs and over 4,000 passing yards. Almost exactly like the year before.
    __________

    A very good point, jb.

    Aaron Jones had 16 rushing Tds. last season.
    In the past, without much of a rushing attack, a lot of those red zone scores would’ve had to have been produced by Rodgers.

    But, I guess if he’s not throwing 40 Tds. a year, the trolls are going to keep screaming about a steep decline.
    Let them shout into the wind.
    Nobody that really matters is listening anyway.

    The truth is, Rodgers is not the same athlete he was 10 years ago. Nobody is.
    But, in probably the most difficult position in sports, his experience, his smarts, and yes, his athletic ability is still head and shoulders above most.

    Haters are going to hate. Let ’em. It’s all the more sweeter to see the stupid looks on their faces when their favorite team losses to him again!

  14. 2019:
    Lowest yards in a full season since 2015
    Lowest completion percentage since 2015, and second lowest of his career
    Second lowest TD’s in a full season in his career. Only 2018 was lower
    3rd lowest QB rating of his career
    11th in yards passing
    8th in TD’s
    12th in QB rating for full time starters
    21st in completion percentage for full time starters

    I mean, yes, he’s still pretty solid. But, he’s absolutely diminishing. He’s barely top 10 in most categories. Sure, top 10 is something a person should be pleased with, but not anything that would make you think he will be a starter or even playing in 5 years time.

    (Note to Packer trolls: This is an analysis of the QB that the article was written about. This in no way, shape, or form, has anything to do with the Minnesota Vikings, so try and focus on this article)

  15. jbcommonsense says:
    April 3, 2020 at 5:04 pm
    Not a Packers fan but an honest look at Aaron Rodgers’s recent stats does not reflect much decline at all. His stats in a run-oriented offense last year included 26 TDs, 4 INTs and over 4,000 passing yards. Almost exactly like the year before.
    ////////
    The year before? The year his team went 6-9-1, and the year he had a career low in TD passes? That’s the year you’re comparing to in order to convince us his skills are not diminishing? Interesting.

  16. Rodgers played in an all-new system with a rookie head coach, numerous front office changes, and unproven young receivers. Everybody and their brother, especially Viking fans, predicted a record of 6-10, 8-8 at best. You all saw what happened. You call that “diminished?” Maybe in Bizarro World.

    The year before he played eight games with a restrictive knee brace, a broken bone in his knee, a strained hamstring, and missed the last game in concussion protocol. He STILL outperformed Kirk “Guaranteed” Cousins, both years.

    The biggest factor for any seasoned veteran player is attitude and confidence. Rodgers has it in spades. He is feeling great and he has a very successful season under his belt with the new coach. Diminished. Pffffft.

  17. This is kind of old news. The Peru story was said on the same Pat McAfee show that this story is taken from over a week ago.

    Aaron also has said several times over the last few years that he may play past 40 and really wants to play his whole career in Green Bay. About a year ago he said: “I think I will let Tom set the bar for what age to play to and I will try to match it.”

    Tom is about 7 yrs older than Aaron. I don’t know if Aaron will play to 43 or beyond, but I for sure wouldn’t bet against it.

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackersNation!✊

  18. By the way…….I for one couldn’t be more pleased that the Vikings haven’t been able to beat the Packers since November of 2018. Every time I see a post from a usual-suspect Viking troll spewing nonsense about how terrible the Packers are, I will not hesitate to celebrate the crow those same trolls are forced to eat and remind them every…..single……time.

  19. Just a shout out to both friends and foes on PFT.
    The Green Bay Packers last night launched the first of what will be a 10 part documentary series called, Legacy:100 Seasons of the Green Bay Packers.

    The series will cover a decade of history in each installment, from the team’s very humble beginnings, right up to their centennial season.
    Each episode will premiere on packers.con/legacy, 7 p.m. (CDT) on Thursday nights, with the exception of draft weekend, which will bump up the release to Wednesday night.

    Narrated by sports announcer Kevin Harlan, Legacy will feature never-before-seen footage and brand new interviews with current and former players, coaches, staff and community members.
    All of it celebrating a century of Packers’ football.

    I was fortunate enough to get an early peak at some of the content, and trust me when I say, if you love football, it’s worth your time.
    A real treasure for any fan.
    Enjoy!

  20. Aaron Rodgers used to be a very accurate passer. In his prime (2009 – 2014) his completion percentage varied between a low 64.7 and a high of 68.3.

    Since Rodgers damaged his collarbone the second time in 2017, his completion percentage has varied between a low of 62 and a high of 62.3.

    Rodgers no longer has the ability to throw a receiver open.

    He also has exhibited a strange habit of throwing a 5 yard bounce pass – does he not understand that the ball is dead if it hits the ground – unlike basketball where a bounce pass is legal?

  21. Rodgers accuracy isn’t what it once was. He misses guys in a way he hadn’t before and he has been doing this for the last 3 years. I have this conversation with packer fans that weren’t on here just being defensive. And they admitted it he isn’t as sharp as Rodgers once was.

  22. freefromcommonsense says:

    This is kind of old news.
    ###

    I think that the real news here is that Aaron finally admitted that he is most concerned about something that really shouldn’t matter.

    “My thing is, legacy is really important.”

    He should be worried about his team’s success, not HIS friggin’ legacy.

    With Aaron, it’s always been about Aaron. He doesn’t care about the team.

  23. If Legacy matters you might need 1 or 2 more rings than Nick Foles, Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, and Joe Flacco because that’s the company you’re keeping now, A-A-Ron.

    F the interviews and glamour – you’re not glamorous, never was.
    Get your butt in gear, stop the whining, forget about public perception and get back to the grind, and perfect your craft because you are oh so far from perfect, A-A-Ron.

  24. Fact is; most legitimate Viking fans (not purposeful haters,) would take Rodgers today, right now, for Cousins and who would blame them? Diminished. Sure.

  25. cobrala2 says:
    April 3, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    If Legacy matters you might need 1 or 2 more rings than Nick Foles, Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, and Joe Flacco because that’s the company you’re keeping now, A-A-Ron.
    __________

    The simple fact that none of you Barneys seem to understand, when Rodgers speaks of his legacy, at least in this conversation, he’s simply referring to spending his whole career in one NFL city.
    And playing well enough to ensure that happens.

    And secondly, if you honestly believe that Nick Foles, Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, and Joe Flacco are on par with a QB like Aaron Rodgers and everything he’s accomplished over his Hall of Fame career, then I have to find just about everything you ever have to say about football suspect.

  26. stellarperformance says:
    April 3, 2020 at 6:50 pm
    Fact is; most legitimate Viking fans (not purposeful haters,) would take Rodgers today, right now, for Cousins and who would blame them? Diminished. Sure.

    @@@@@@222

    No you can keep him. We just unloaded a whiner in Diggs. Rodger stories are so boring. This will be my last post on a packer article. Poor green and yellers

  27. Waffles says

    The simple fact that none of you Barneys seem to understand, when Rodgers speaks of his legacy, at least in this conversation, he’s simply referring to spending his whole career in one NFL city.
    ###

    Nice try…

    Aaron Rodgers will never have a legacy like Tom Brady. Tom Terrific isn’t finishing his career with one team, but he is the GOAT.

    That is a legacy that Aaron can only dream about.

  28. Cellarperformance

    If you think Vikings fans want a QB that is past his prime vs a QB that is actually in his prime, you are grossly mistaken.

    Which is typical of 99% of your posts

  29. gtodriver says:
    April 3, 2020 at 7:52 pm
    Waffles says

    The simple fact that none of you Barneys seem to understand, when Rodgers speaks of his legacy, at least in this conversation, he’s simply referring to spending his whole career in one NFL city.
    ###

    Nice try…

    Aaron Rodgers will never have a legacy like Tom Brady. Tom Terrific isn’t finishing his career with one team, but he is the GOAT.

    That is a legacy that Aaron can only dream about.
    _____________

    Nice try? Really?

    Aaron Rodgers: “My thing is, legacy is really important. Having an opportunity to do it all in Green Bay would mean a lot to me. I understand the track record of our squad. There’s been times where we’ve had veteran players and they’ve finished elsewhere. I get it. I’d like to make that decision easy for them.

    “The only way to do that is to keep playing at a high level and give them no choice but to keep bringing you back because you’re the best option and give them the best chance to win. That’s my goal. I’ve got four years left on my deal. I’d like to play four at a really, really high level and if I feel like keep on keeping on from that point, to do it.

    The only time he even mentions Brady is in response to the question of whether he could see himself playing into his 40’s as so many other current QBs are doing.

    Is reading comprehension really this hard for you guys in Minnesota?

  30. Yeah … it’ll be another long season for the usual band of suspects here when Aaron lines up for another 5 years.

  31. gtodriver says:
    April 3, 2020 at 6:43 pm
    With Aaron, it’s always been about Aaron. He doesn’t care about the team.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    So, you’re saying the character of a player is most important? You repeat yourself often so I’ll go out on a limb and assume this is most important to you. How do you feel about Peterson and Moss? They were talented players of despicable character. Why don’t you bust on them for awhile? Wait….What? You enjoy picking unnecessary fights? Got it.

  32. Why wait until the draft? Here’s what he already had to say if the Packers selected a quarterback in the 2020 draft;

    “No matter who you bring in, they’re not going to be able to beat me out anytime soon,” Rodgers said during an appearance on ESPN Milwaukee.

  33. If you think Vikings fans want a QB that is past his prime vs a QB that is actually in his prime, you are grossly mistaken.

    ——————————–

    That seems like an odd statement considering the best QB that has ever played in MN was an old, washed up Brett Favre and Barney fans couldn’t have been more ecstatic.

    That turned out exactly like every Packers fan knew it would turn out. Heart broken fans, old man on the bench, and nothing in the trophy case.

  34. atthemurph says:
    April 4, 2020 at 12:26 pm
    That seems like an odd statement considering the best QB that has ever played in MN was an old, washed up Brett Favre
    ————
    Never thought I’d agree with Free, but some of you packer fans need to study the game. yes Favre had 1 good year but I’ve heard about a guy named Fran Tarkenton who apparently was a pretty good QB in his day.

  35. RMoss84HOF says:
    April 4, 2020 at 1:29 pm
    Never thought I’d agree with Free, but some of you packer fans need to study the game. yes Favre had 1 good year but I’ve heard about a guy named Fran Tarkenton who apparently was a pretty good QB in his day.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    RULES CHANGE! RULES CHANGE! It is now OK to bring up past successes. Pass the word.

  36. Stella – I was responding to a packer fan bringing up the Vikings qb past. Rather than being a fight picker you should try and understand the context of someone’s post instead of incessantly crying about “fight picking” or being fat shamed.

  37. RULES CHANGE! RULES CHANGE! It has now become a requirement to read the entire thread of posts from all Viking trolls, to better understand what they “really” mean. Pass the word.

  38. stellarperformance says:
    April 5, 2020 at 9:16 am
    RULES CHANGE! RULES CHANGE! It has now become a requirement to read the entire thread of posts from all Viking trolls, to better understand what they “really” mean. Pass the word.
    ————
    Instead of acting like an child, you could read two posts. Post one a packer fan brings up Favre as the best Vikings qb. Post two I counter that Tarkenton was a good QB in his day. When you decide to act your age and engage in talking about football feel free to join. Until then just stay on the sidelines.

  39. RMoss84HOF says:
    April 5, 2020 at 4:48 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    April 5, 2020 at 9:16 am
    RULES CHANGE! RULES CHANGE! It has now become a requirement to read the entire thread of posts from all Viking trolls, to better understand what they “really” mean. Pass the word.
    ————
    Instead of acting like an child, you could read two posts. Post one a packer fan brings up Favre as the best Vikings qb. Post two I counter that Tarkenton was a good QB in his day. When you decide to act your age and engage in talking about football feel free to join. Until then just stay on the sidelines.
    ———-
    with his idolizing of his team’s players you should expect many more of these child like posts. its common with that fan base. I wonder it has something to do with having nothing else to do living in Green Bay.

  40. I live near Eagan, MN. My Viking fan neighbors agree a lot, not always, but reasonably often. These real fans are unlike the anonymous and purposeful fight-picking haters being consumed by their own jealousies on this site. I can live with that. Anywhere.

  41. waffle cobrala2 isn’t a Vikings fan. not everyone critical of the packers is a Vikings fan. Let it go.

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