Aaron Rodgers: I don’t know what future holds, can only control this year

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Aaron Rodgers turns 37 in December, and the Packers starting quarterback has first-round draft choice Jordan Love looking over his right shoulder.

Opting out never crossed Rodgers’ mind.

Rodgers said he spoke to Devin Funchess before training camp about the receiver’s decision to sit out the 2020 season.

“I did not consider it,” Rodgers said in a Monday conference call, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “I was going to play. [But] I respect all the guys who have made that decision and have zero judgement.”

Rodgers’ future beyond this season is in question.

The Packers drafted Love as their quarterback of the future. Coach Matt LaFleur reiterated Sunday that he sees Rodgers in Green Bay for “a really long time,” though he couched it with “nothing’s guaranteed in this league.”

Rodgers, who has played in Green Bay for 15 seasons, was asked Monday how he would define “a long time.”

“I savor every moment, every season,” Rodgers said. “I don’t know what the future holds. I know I can control this year and my play and my approach and my attitude.”

Rodgers has never wavered from his stance on how his time with the Packers might end. Brett Favre spent 16 years with the Packers after a trade from the Falcons, but he did not finish his career in Green Bay after the Packers drafted Rodgers.

“If I retire on the team’s timeline, then all is well,” Rodgers said. “But if they’re looking to move on before I’m ready to be done playing, there’s an impasse at that point. . . . That’s what I said to you guys Day 1 when we [first] talked about it.”

49 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: I don’t know what future holds, can only control this year

  1. Love has a long way to go to become an Aaron Rodgers but Gutekunst has his future tied to his selection of Love.

  2. Sitting Jordan Love for three years makes sense, if he has the talent to replace Aaron Rodgers when Love begins his fourth.

    BUT three years is a long time, given most first round QBs now play in their first year.

    Hence, if Love is ready, then I eventually predict Rodgers plays with another team by the time he is 39 or 40.

  3. Loves throwing motion looks a lot like Byron Leftwich, that hitch in his motion. I hope they sit him long enough to correct that. He has a high ceiling if he can learn behind Aaron for a few years

  4. That is the QB I would love to see take TB12’s spot. His contract runs until 2023 which would be about the right length. Next year, when his cap hit is over $36 mil for the Pack.
    But the cap charge to the Pats would be about $25 mil each year. Quite doable.

  5. If you think he plays in Green Bay beyond this season you’re delusional. He is going to force a trade eventually.

  6. If the Packers can get a first & second for Rodgers take it and run. If the Raiders are interested make it two first rounders.

  7. I’d love for Rodgers to retire a Packer but if the time comes and he still wants to play, there’s no ill will if he leaves. It only became personal with Favre when he intentionally signed with a rival for the sole purpose of trying to stick it to Green Bay.

  8. I have watched enough film on Love that Rodgers will be retiring as a Packer. Love isn’t an NFL QB. I am starting to just hope Gute gets fired sooner than later. Drafting has been atrocious. Look at the 2018 draft. More are out of the league than doing anything good.

  9. Brady didn’t finish in Tampa. Montana didn’t finish in SF.

    Aaron’s legacy in GB is just a secure as those two.

  10. If teams will give 2 1sts for a CB, safety, etc., then you better bet the Packers would want at least 3 – and a pretty good player or 2 – for Rodgers.
    Would love to see him help resurrect a team with some tradition but hasn’t been able to find a QB in a while. Giants or (yep) the Bears would be really interesting.

  11. Year one: Rodgers plays unless injured. If Love then plays well enough for the team to move on, Rodgers is gone before next year. Year two: Same as year one. Year three: Likely Rodgers last year in Green Bay regardless. If Love hasn’t played much, they’ll extend his contract. Rodgers can’t say this. The Packers can’t say this. But that’s the reality.

  12. Just say it Aaron you know they think you do not have it anymore and they will trade you for picks probably before the dead line next year.

  13. I am a Packer fan first, and I admit that I don’t really like Rogers. He seems like kind of a jerk. He’ll be 37 late this year, so he doesn’t have long. Now if I could get several firsts and a few others for him, I’d take it. Like they say, better to get rid of a player one year too early than one year too late/

  14. Because of COVID this is just a redshirt year for Love. Two more years after this on the bench. He needs the preseasons. Management will look bad if they put him out there before he’s ready. After that Rodgers plays elsewhere if he still wants to.

  15. What’s he supposed to say?
    “I hate it and won’t play to my potential?”
    “I feel over the hill, maybe trade a conditional 3rd for me now?”
    He’ll play this year and next, and probably be gone year 3. Love will end up ‘decent’, but given Green Bay will have 34 years straight of Favre/Rodgers at that point no way he can live up to any expectations and be given no chance at a fair shake, let’s be real.
    Rodgers will have 1.5 seasons away from the Pack still being Aaron Rodgers, during which the wailing and gnashing of teeth will be heard, but ultimately he wouldn’t propel whatever team the Packers are fielding at time to anything really beyond what Love does. That won’t stop all of sports media from flipping out.

  16. Rodgers opting-out would screw the Packers big time. Not only would they not have a QB ready to step in, they also would not be able to get rid of Rodgers financially for at least two years.

  17. Chiefs Chop Chiefs Chop says:
    August 3, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    If you think he plays in Green Bay beyond this season you’re delusional. He is going to force a trade eventually.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    So anyone who thinks the won’t trade him and in doing so take a $31.5M accelerated dead cap hit are delusional? I think you’ve got a few things backwards there.

  18. Successful people only concentrate on what they can control. Aaron is locked in on prepraring for THIS SEASON and that is the only focus right now.

    The teams that will have the most success this season will take that approach. It really is no different than any other season for most players. Laser focus on today.

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackersNation!✊

  19. Rodgers can’t predict the future. Guess what? The Packers can’t either, but they can prepare for scenarios. Rodgers could be injured severely in game three or year three. Who knows.

    The bottom line is……anybody and everybody in all lines of work and all occupations can be replaced.

    Why is this such a big deal?

  20. Rodgers played GB like a fiddle. He rose to prominence while throwing to guys like Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, and James Jones, just to name a few. Then signs exorbitant after exorbitant contract, diminishing GBs ability to actually ‘surround him with talent’. Funny how the ‘greatest thrower of the football’ hasn’t had a truly transcendent season since 2014 (his last MVP win).

    Then he gets the media and the fans on his side – but the man honestly couldn’t care about winning a 2nd ring. He even said it himself. All he wants to do is go out there, get his clean stat line (4,000 yards, 25 touchdowns and 5 INTs or less), and make passive-aggressive remarks all off-season at the organization. Oh, and building his fortune so he can keep buying up Malibu beach-houses and start a post-career real estate empire. Guess what fans –> he doesn’t actually care about delivering another SB win. Most of these guys don’t.

    I was wearing a red #12 training camp jersey back in 2008 and supporting this guy when he was competing against the likes of Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn for the starting position. I’m done supporting this guy.

  21. Rodgers also had a hitch in his delivery when he came out of Cal. They fixed it.
    The Packers can’t trade Rodgers(impossible cap hit) until 2022 at the earliest.

    I suggested before he signed that ridiculous extension that the Packers trade him for Derek Carr. The Raiders don’t like Carr, and Gruden likely would have loved having Rodgers. Carr’s contract was smaller. Too late for all of that.
    The Packers are going to be a 50-50 run-pass team like the 49’ers so they don’t need a HOF QB handing the ball off half the time.

  22. The writing is on the wall, at end of this year (or next) the Packers will have a new QB. One of the first people he called after the draft was Brett Farve, guess what he had to say?

  23. It makes no sense for Love to sit for more than one year. Waiting two or three may be want Rodgers wants, but the team loses out on having a starting QB at a cheap price which allows for much more money to spent elsewhere on the roster for several years.
    And since Getunkst didn’t upgrade the team this offseason despite being just a game away from the Super Bowl, that’s a signal that Rodgers likely isn’t in their plans for 2021.
    They’re probably following the Chiefs pattern by sitting him for a year and then having him as their starter next season.
    Where Rodgers goes is anyone’s guess, but a quarterback who will be 38 at the end of next year likely won’t get as return to the Packers as their fans would hope/expect.

  24. No wonder the press seeks Rodgers for commentary. He explains things as they are, no drama. What you see is what you get. It’s certainly more tolerable than the apple-polishing pap players like Cousins gives you in front of a microphone.

  25. harryhodag says:
    Rodgers also had a hitch in his delivery when he came out of Cal. They fixed it.
    The Packers can’t trade Rodgers(impossible cap hit) until 2022 at the earliest.
    ——————–
    They can trade him after this season. The 31M dead cap hit for 2021 is bad, but I it is less than his actual cap hit of 36.3M.

  26. I don’t care if or when Rodgers leaves the Packers as a retired player or to play elsewhere. Life goes on. I do, however, hope he continues to play for the Packers for many years to come. What can the Packers “get” for him? Who cares? It will have been a very satisfying ride when his days are done in Green Bay, for whatever reason.

  27. “The Packers drafted Love as their quarterback of the future.”

    Though it might be true, this is not validated and at this point is speculative on your part. Just because you spend a 1st on a guy doesn’t mean there’s some grand plan. Sometimes guys don’t pan out. Also sometimes guys are just drafted for value, as in he was at the top of their board with a big talent gap between him and the next tier. Why can’t we just let it play out and see what happens?

  28. packers291 says:
    August 4, 2020 at 9:21 am

    “The Packers drafted Love as their quarterback of the future.”

    Though it might be true, this is not validated and at this point is speculative on your part. Just because you spend a 1st on a guy doesn’t mean there’s some grand plan. Sometimes guys don’t pan out. Also sometimes guys are just drafted for value, as in he was at the top of their board with a big talent gap between him and the next tier. Why can’t we just let it play out and see what happens?
    __________

    Because you have stated a measured, sophisticated response and that simply doesn’t satisfy the knuckle dragging, mouth breathing trolls.

  29. L-WAR (Life Without Aaron Rodgers) is coming and I’ve been saying it, posting it, for over a year. For Aaron to succeed he needs to move on to a team that has its skill players in place. Can you imagine him on the 49s or the Saints? He doesn’t have time for the younger players on the Packers to catch up. I just get the feeling he doesn’t want to be there anymore even more now that Love has been drafted. Love is a titch more talented than Rodgers when he was drafted back in 2005. The writing is on the wall man and its time for Rodgers to find a suitor and if I were him I’d use this season, if there even is one, as an audition for the league.

    In 2021 Rodgers will be playing somewhere else, he could opt out this season and force a trade which isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

  30. danicafallsinlove says:
    August 4, 2020 at 10:43 am

    In 2021 Rodgers will be playing somewhere else, he could opt out this season and force a trade which isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
    ________

    Well, since the NFL deadline to opt out is Thursday already, leaving little to no time to swing a trade of this magnitude, (Not to mention the havoc it would raise on the current salary cap situation.) should render your point moot.
    But the simple fact that Aaron Rodgers already clearly asserted that he never considered opting out, I’d say your suggestion is fairly out of the realm of possibility.

  31. qaztec says:

    August 4, 2020 at 9:41 am

    I’m thinking the future hold more Hail Marys and playoff exits. But he is the best ever

    ————-

    You forgot throwing the ball away into the stands. Yup, most over-rated pkayer in NFL history.

  32. Rodgers is in Green Bay for at least two years. By then, they’ll have seen enough of Love to draw conclusions as to whether he can become the guy they thought they drafted. Having Aaron Rodgers as your backup plan doesnt sound too shabby. If they decide to go with Love at that point – its sink or swim – for all of them.

  33. Wafflestomp says:
    August 4, 2020 at 11:49 am
    danicafallsinlove says:
    August 4, 2020 at 10:43 am

    In 2021 Rodgers will be playing somewhere else, he could opt out this season and force a trade which isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
    ________

    Well, since the NFL deadline to opt out is Thursday already, leaving little to no time to swing a trade of this magnitude, (Not to mention the havoc it would raise on the current salary cap situation.) should render your point moot.
    But the simple fact that Aaron Rodgers already clearly asserted that he never considered opting out, I’d say your suggestion is fairly out of the realm of possibility.

    —————
    Yes, I know its two days away. Do you have a source quoting him saying about not opting out? More and more players opting out, but he’s not a very personable guy so his chances infecting
    his family let alone friends null. However, the other scenario is very plausible for next year, what if Rodgers does not want to be there, hes 37 and might not even see the field by the time he is 40.

    I think he has enough fuel in the tank to play on a good established team like the Patriots for a year or two. Or he could flat out retire. Thing is only Aaron knows what he’s thinking. I just do not see him in a Packer uni after this year or the next. Its Super Bowl or bust for him, because if he goes to Frisco, the West coast, where he hasn’t won since 2016, and get hammered again, the Packer Rubes will get restless and want to see Love. You can count on it. So get out that cheese and Old Style, Throw on Barbra Streisand’s They Way We Were and remember him like a long lost love. The break up is coming but Packers fansxate too blind to see it. Or don’t you remember rumors about a certain WR whose said there some truth to all rumors.

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