Aaron Rodgers: No reason I wouldn’t be back, but no absolutes

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers‘ comments after the NFC Championship Game have led to a lot of speculation about what he meant when he said that a lot of futures were uncertain “myself included.”

That came after Rodgers called his future a “beautiful mystery” in the days leading up to the game and there’s been some sense that Rodgers could be looking at doing something other than playing for the Packers. Rodgers revisited his postgame comments during a Tuesday appearance on The Pat McAfee Show.

Rodgers said he didn’t think he said anything different from he’s said in the past and that he was giving “real answers” because he’s come to the realization that “ultimately my future is not necessarily in my control.” He also said he doesn’t expect to be anywhere else.

“After the season that I had, potentially winning MVP, and we obviously made another good run, I don’t think that there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back,” Rodgers said. “But there’s not many absolutes, as you guys know, in this business. To make an absolute statement about something that is not an absolute, I didn’t do it. I guess that’s why it went kinda nuts.”

Rodgers said that the Packers drafting quarterback Jordan Love helped him come to that realization about his future, but that “naturally you dream about” spending your entire career for the same team. Former Packers teammate A.J. Hawk asked him a question about revisiting his contract and Rodgers said he expects to have conversations with General Manager Brian Gutekunst, team president Mark Murphy and others now that the season is over.

71 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: No reason I wouldn’t be back, but no absolutes

  1. Two 1st and goals that couldn’t get touch downs. Three turnovers from defence that couldn’t get touch downs.

    Lafluer and defence getting stick but what more could they have done to put team in winning position? Rodgers and co were rolling over opponenents other than the two games vs Colts and Bucs in regular season, now excuses after Rodgers and offense just couldn’t get it done in championship.

    Many QBs would love to play for this great Packers teams.

  2. He’s not going anywhere. Stoop making this so dramatic. The Packers and Aaron would be foolish to part ways now.

  3. “After the season that I had, potentially winning MVP” – passive/aggressive statement at its best to whip up the fanbase with unnecessary drama. He knows what he is doing except in championship games.

  4. First off, Mahomes is the MVP. He is what, 27-1 in his last 28 games? Why would Rodgers be MVP? Simply having one of your best seasons of your career does not mean you’re the NFL mvp. Second of all, let’s talk more about the mistakes he made in the NFCCG, again, then talking about if he will be back.

  5. Before Sunday, I would have really liked to see Rogers win another championship. If for no other reason than to have one more than Favre. Now? Not so much. Nothing but a prima donna. You’ve made over $100 million. Shut up!!!!

  6. OK Aaron has already surpassed Watson in the who’s the most annoying department. Look Aaron EVERYONE knows you’ll be heading back to Green Bay, and everyone who isn’t a Green Bay apologist knows you’ve failed when it counted the most 4 out of 5 times. We also know the FACT still remains that the only quarterback you’ve ever beaten in those 5 NFC Championship games was a backup

  7. This team has more holes than swiss cheese. If you don’t have Rogers the current packer roster would have a hard time competing against most Jr. College teams.

  8. Rodgers is holding a grudge against the Packers until they pay him more money for more years. Hoot!

  9. He is trying to stay in the news. Agent speak for hey my client wants more money because his window is closed.

  10. Fortunately the City of Green Bay is not trying to finance civic improvements with Packer profits. It will work out and Rogers will still be in Wisconsin.

  11. Rodgers will not finish his career with the Packers and he will be more vindictive than Brett Favre could ever imagine.

  12. I’d want this guy on our Vikings squad in a heartbeat. For now, I’ll just have to go to MN and Boston to see the 2020 participation ribbons being awarded.

  13. Can we stop with this whole “Packers have wasted Aaron Rodgers career!” stuff, all because they’ve (only?) managed to win 1 world title with him?
    If that’s the case, then the Indianapolis Colts wasted Peyton Manning’s career.
    The New Orleans Saints have wasted Drew Brees career.
    The Seattle Seahawks are well on their way to wasting Russell Wilson’s career (they haven’t been to an NFCG since the 2014 season).
    The Pittsburgh Steelers are wasting the whole second half of Roethlisberger’s career.
    Winning a Superbowl is extremely hard, and statistically you only have a 3.1% chance of winning every year.
    Just because you’re a gifted player doesn’t entitle/guarantee you multiple championships over the course of your career.

  14. First off, Mahomes is the MVP. He is what, 27-1 in his last 28 games? Why would Rodgers be MVP? Simply having one of your best seasons of your career does not mean you’re the NFL mvp. Second of all, let’s talk more about the mistakes he made in the NFCCG, again, then talking about if he will be back.

    Considering mvp accounts for 1 year, not sure what 28 games would have to do with it.
    And Rodgers had the best year out of the 3 qbs. But statistically mahomes was on par with Watson and Allen. All came just under Rodgers
    Good grief, KC fans are becoming insufferable like pats fans were for so many years. Crying that every award doesn’t come their way.

  15. No reason other than the Packers are tired of poor quarterback play costing them yet another shot at a Superbowl.

    Whats wiser? Paying a “superstar” qb 40 million dollars and losing or paying a rookie qb 5 million and losing?

    Eventually Green Bay is going to tire of Rodgers inflated sense of self worth and entitlement.

  16. First off, Mahomes is the MVP. He is what, 27-1 in his last 28 games? Why would Rodgers be MVP? Simply having one of your best seasons of your career does not mean you’re the NFL mvp. Second of all, let’s talk more about the mistakes he made in the NFCCG, again, then talking about if he will be back.

    I’m not sure if you understand how the mvp thing works. Mahomes and josh Allen statistically were almost identical. You just need to be quiet and let the adults talk

  17. Love the ambiguous statement. “No reason not to come back, but I might not”, just to keep the story alive and people wondering. Come on. When a decision is made, let us know. It’s like the Brady saga all over again.

  18. AR shouldn’t go back. Go to a team where your talent is appreciated and get away from the idiot who pulls you out of the game instead of giving you the chance to score a touchdown in the last few minutes of a playoff game. Long story short: AR should be back, LaFleur should be sent packing.

  19. This discussion is not Rodgers fault. Blame the people who thought it was a good idea to use their First AND Fourth round on a QB, in a receiver heavy draft.

    Its like being asked to train your replacement….then being asked… “Are you coming back next year”

  20. Hey, go ahead and stay in Green Bay. The status quo is fantastic right now. Maybe next season he can become 1-5 in NFC championship games. Then, we can all have this same conversation again. Something’s got to give. Rodgers threw 48 touchdowns this season. He has trailed in multiple conference championship games in his career. Why can’t he score more points? McCarthy is gone. What’s the excuse now?

  21. Oh boy! here we go . . . he’s always trying to divert attention to himself. We all know he’ll be back so quit the drama.

  22. Here’s the problem with Green Bay. For around 30 yrs, they’ve had 2 great HOF QBs. 2 Super Bowls. 2. It’s because they have no owner. There’s no accountability for HCs and GMs, and the QBs are allowed to be divas

  23. McCarthy is gone. What’s the excuse now?
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    The team has gone 26-6 with two Title Game appearances.

    ‘I do not think that means what you think it means’

  24. conormacleod says:
    January 26, 2021 at 2:45 pm
    First off, Mahomes is the MVP. He is what, 27-1 in his last 28 games? Why would Rodgers be MVP? Simply having one of your best seasons of your career does not mean you’re the NFL mvp. Second of all, let’s talk more about the mistakes he made in the NFCCG, again, then talking about if he will be back.
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    He also tossed 10 more TDs then Mahomes and less INTs, so there is that.

  25. “I don’t think that there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back.”

    If he just stopped there, that would put an end to this story. But for whatever reason, he always adds on a little more and then shrugs his shoulders as to why people read into his comments so much.

  26. Translation….. All is well and it was another story blown out or proportion because the time wasn’t taken to get all the facts..

  27. The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success next season is still Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Nothing has changed. Wishing, hoping, and praying it might be different this time won’t help. Good luck with that.

  28. Packers started this mess when they drafted Love…defensive coordinator sucks…Defense sucks..no help at WR…Go to the Rams Arron….play with the #1 defense

  29. For every Packer fan who is praying that Rodgers doesn’t leave the team, look at Brady’s story as a cautionary one. No matter how much you like and appreciate him, he just might leave, and make it to/win a Super Bowl with the last team that you ever expected. I thought for sure that Brady would retire a Patriot, but I was wrong. Apparently, the relationship with Belichick could not be fixed. Rodgers may have reached his limit with the Packers.

  30. Not a packer fan in the least….

    Anyone who has watched games of allteams in the NFL should know pretty quickly how Aaron is the mvp. His team would be garbage without him. Under 500, at best.

  31. Rodgers is an arrogant bore.

    You want to know why Rodgers keeps on losing in the big game, he’s ok with participation trophies: “After the season that I had, potentially winning MVP, and we obviously made another good run.”

    Compare & contrast what Brady told Devin White when Devin was upset that he had been snubbed for the Pro Bowl, per Peter King:

    “Few weeks ago, I was kinda upset I didn’t make the Pro Bowl. He’s like, ‘D, there’s a bigger bowl I’m chasing. We’re all chasing it. C’mon.’ I just thought, man, it’s a blessing to hear that. I need to hear that. This thing’s about us. He’s still chasing those bowls in his forties. I am just so grateful to be able to spend this time with him.”

  32. First off, Mahomes is the MVP. He is what, 27-1 in his last 28 games? Why would Rodgers be MVP?
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    Rodgers is going to be MVP because he had more touchdowns, fewer interceptions and a better rating than any other QB in the league. Kind of how it works now. Citing the team’s record in an MVP debate is kind of silly, and citing it’s record from last year is even sillier.

    But you gotta appreciate the Viking fan perspective, even though it seems to be on every post now that we’ve finally been eliminated.

  33. Why even cover this? We know he will be back and NO he isnt getting a raise he doesnt deserve to be paid like Mahomes, he’s older and not as good as Mahomes the End.

  34. Not a packer fan in the least….

    Anyone who has watched games of allteams in the NFL should know pretty quickly how Aaron is the mvp. His team would be garbage without him. Under 500, at best.
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    Interesting take. Brady left a team that has made the playoffs 18 out of 20 seasons while he was QB. 1 of those seasons he missed due to injury. He leaves and they go 7-9.

    He joins a team that has not made the playoffs in 18 years and takes them to the SB while throwing for 40 TDs at 43 years old.

    I’m not saying Brady was the MVP this year, but this is why this GOAT comparison is nonsense. Big time players make big time plays in big time situations. 1-4 just won cut it.

  35. ANNNNDDD Here we go again, more drama and the loss to the Bucs isn’t even 48 hours old. I think there is s a definite “schism” between Rodgers and LeFluer and its been kept hidden by saying and doing the right things. If Green Bays season would have went south this, what you’re seeing now after the NFFCG loss would have happened sooner. Winning cures that. Losing exacerbates it.

    I thought last years butt kicking by the 9ers was just a mirage, a bad day at the office. After losing to the Bucs, its a trend man. Rodgers is dropping hints that he wants to move on and at his stage of his career you really don’t have time for catch up from your other team mates. If I got pulled for a FG, I’d be salty too, because that just tells ya your coach doesn’t’ trust you.

    Once Rodgers leaves…..which he will……we’ll all see just how good LeFluer is without a HOF QB.

  36. bradygirl12 says:
    January 26, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    For every Packer fan who is praying that Rodgers doesn’t leave the team, look at Brady’s story as a cautionary one. No matter how much you like and appreciate him, he just might leave, and make it to/win a Super Bowl with the last team that you ever expected. I thought for sure that Brady would retire a Patriot, but I was wrong. Apparently, the relationship with Belichick could not be fixed. Rodgers may have reached his limit with the Packers.

    Sorry, don’t blame Brady’s departure from the Patriots on Tom. He asked for a 3-year contract last year, Belichick gave him a 1-year contract & never reached out to him in the off-season to re-sign him.

  37. bradygirl12 says:
    January 26, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    Brady’s contract had expired – what part of that do you not understand?? AR has 4 years left. The Pack could trade him – unlikely. Could renegotiate and maybe get his cap hit down to get more money to guys like Jones – not probable. Trade him not likely – will he just sit – very unlikely – look at the interview with Pat Mcafee – he is screwing with you guys – and said it is a slow news time.

  38. I have said it a million times that Aaron Rodgers is playing in the WRONG SPORT, he would have been better serve being a golfer .. tennis player or anything to do with an Individual Sport because then fans would choose whether to follow or IGNORE him, because Individuals who march to the beat of their own Drum and have very little to no regards to what you think makes for TERRIBLE Leaders especially in TEAM Sports.

  39. So talented, and so in love with himself. Difference between him and Mahomes is that it’s more about the team for Mahomes, for Rodgers, it’s all about himself.

    Maybe Mahomes will be like this in 5 years, but I think Rodgers is really one of a kind.

  40. With the 30th pick in the 2021 NFL draft. The packers pick the QB from…………..

  41. The problem with AR is that he doesnt go by the mantra of saying a whole bunch of predetermined lines of BS that the teams teach you at the preseason “how to conduct yourself at an interview class”. He also is not the Brett Favre/Bus Cook school of I may retire or I may not retire – come to see me at my interview on July 15th. I like his more cerebral interviews on Pat Mcafee’s show but I could do without AJ Hawk blowing smoke in my face – or maybe that is some sort of hint.

  42. To all those that can’t comprehend what Aaron is saying;

    Aaron’s dream is to play his whole career in Green Bay as he has said countless time. Aaron is also saying that he doesn’t have total control over him staying in Green Bay, the Packers front office does.

    Aaron is under contract and will play out that contract for the next four years, god willing, if he has no serious injury.

    Only the Packers trading Aaron would change things and Mark Murphy has said that is not going to happen in the near future. Brian Gutekunst has expressed that “Aaron is our leader.”

    Nothing to see here, but some can’t handle facts and the truth.

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackerNation!✊

  43. jrterrier5 says:
    January 26, 2021 at 4:31 pm
    Rodgers is an arrogant bore.

    You want to know why Rodgers keeps on losing in the big game, he’s ok with participation trophies: “After the season that I had, potentially winning MVP, and we obviously made another good run.”

    Compare & contrast what Brady told Devin White when Devin was upset that he had been snubbed for the Pro Bowl, per Peter King:

    “Few weeks ago, I was kinda upset I didn’t make the Pro Bowl. He’s like, ‘D, there’s a bigger bowl I’m chasing. We’re all chasing it. C’mon.’ I just thought, man, it’s a blessing to hear that. I need to hear that. This thing’s about us. He’s still chasing those bowls in his forties. I am just so grateful to be able to spend this time with him.”
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    You sir won the internet today. Spot on.

  44. “But there’s not many absolutes, as you guys know, in this business. To make an absolute statement about something that is not an absolute, I didn’t do it. I guess that’s why it went kinda nuts.”

    Does statement like that helps? Seriously? Absolutely nuts!

  45. Aaron Rodgers is a drama queen. He knows exactly what he is doing and I feel sorry for Packers management who have such an ungrateful, murmuring employee. You have a terrible playoff record, you choke and you only have one Superbowl. You are not worthy of all this attention. Stop needing so much attention.

  46. maxamili says:
    January 26, 2021 at 5:08 pm
    Dude is already sounding like Favre

    BINGO!

    The NFC Championship Game loss at home is just one more eerie parallel to the careers of #4 and #12.

    Massive talents, massive egos. Still fun to watch, at least on the field.

  47. I’m a Viking fan. Too much of a dang Viking fan. I can’t stand the Packers. Yet I read the full text of what Rodgers says, like the comments in that interview above, fail to see anything arrogant or self entitled — just honesty — and I end up defending the guy way too much. Can’t say I really like it. Just don’t get the hostility.

  48. Stop being the biggest drama king in history and we will see you in the fall for another Super Bowl run!! The best of the best!! Pay the man and I’m a big Packers fan!!

  49. purpleguy says:
    January 26, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    YOur comments are correct – a lot of my non packer fans hate him because he is so good and he is also a guy who is kind of cerebral and sarcastic and off the wall with his humour and everbody gets their nose out of joint. Just hear a whole bunch of these supposed knowledgeable people say that AR is horrible because he has lost 4 straight conference games. Now how many of those guys favourite teams have even got to the conference final – point 1 – This isnt the AFC north – it is hard to get there Secondly look at those loses – Against the Seahawks failed to field an onside kick and failed to win the coin toss OT loss. Cardinals – failed to win a coin toss – OT -loss – San Fran – defense never ever made a stop, Garapolo thru 6 passes and ball was not in his hands and he still threw for over 300 yards. This Tampa loss – bad PI call and could have had the ball back to win it and Lafleur never gave him the 4th down option. So he has never stunk up a NFC final game – so good luck on dumping on him.

  50. Thanks free for your copy and paste skills, but us real Packer fans can read and comprehend without you.

  51. Rodgers reminds me of one gear Indian cricket playerr great individual stats but will fail at big occasions. You will not be able to find a fault with at stats. Like he proved others day, you can score move the ball lot of yards , have less interceptions but when game is in the line, if you do not score, all inter things are of no use. I will go out and say that if they play Bucks again, they will lose again. These kind of of players are great but in their mind, they convince themselves that winning individual awards is the best

  52. He isn’t going anywhere. What team could possibly give him a better chance to win a Super Bowl? And what QB could possibly give GB a better chance to win a Super Bowl?

  53. everyone knows he and ben are drama queens every year. it’ll blow over and they’ll be fine. he’ll have another good regular season and lose in the playoffs.

  54. Extremely talented player who has lifted the Packers to many winning seasons over the course of his career.
    Without him I would speculate the team would have been about .500 over that same course.

    Has made many WRs and TEs look good.

    Reminds me very much of Dan Marino. Very talented guy who was a GREAT QB, great passer, but rarely have the team around him to get them to the SuperBowl.

    Marino only played in one, and was never back.

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