What Aaron Rodgers really wants is clarity

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Now that the dust that Aaron Rodgers kicked up on Sunday has largely settled, here’s a summary of where things stand between Rodgers and the Packers.

He has three years left under contract, with no guaranteed money. This allows the team to treat the relationship as a year-to-year arrangement. Although the Packers are, as CEO Mark Murphy said this week, not idiots and will continue to embrace Rodgers for 2021, the contract makes it very easy to decide after the coming season or the next one to flip the switch to 2020 first-round quarterback Jordan Love.

As long as Rodgers continues to play at a ridiculously high level, the non-idiotic Packers will continue to not do idiotic things. If Rodgers slips in 2021 or 2022, however, the Packers could decide that it would be idiotic to not accelerate the rebuild/reload process and give Love a chance.

Rodgers knows that. And Rodgers, stunned by the team’s decision to trade up and draft a quarterback, knows that the far less stunning decision moving forward would be to promote the younger quarterback if/when it appears that the old gray quarterback ain’t what he used to be.

So Rodgers wants, above all else, clarity. Where do I stand? It’s a fair question for Rodgers to ask. Unlike his predecessor, Rodgers has never mused about retiring prematurely or playing for anyone other than the Packers. He has been loyal and faithful to the Packers. If they’re eventually not going to be loyal and faithful to him, he’d simply like to know that it’s coming, so that he can plan accordingly.

In the NFL, true clarity comes from a contractual commitment, or lack thereof. That’s why he wants a new deal. If he gets one, the structure would tie team to quarterback for at least two or three years. If he doesn’t get one, he’ll nevertheless have clarity regarding the team’s attitude.

Here’s the core question as it relates to Jordan Love: Is he Jimmy Garoppolo or is he Aaron Rodgers? In other words, is he the guy who will be traded elsewhere during the ongoing Hall of Fame career of Aaron Rodgers, or will he be the guy for whom the Packers eventually clear a space, like they did for Rodgers 11 years ago?

When he expressed uncertainty as to the futures of many players on the team and added the words “myself included,” Rodgers was encapsulating this sentiment. Am I merely keeping a seat warm for Jordan Love, or will Jordan Love eventually be flipped for draft assets or veteran players?

The Packers would prefer to have flexibility. Yes, it’s a no-brainer that they want Rodgers back in 2021. Will he play so well in 2021 that it will be a no-brainer in 2022? Ideally for the team, they’d have to ability to make that call after 2021.

At some level, the Packers like the fact that Love’s presence has helped push Rodgers to a higher level of performance. It’s probably one of the reasons why they drafted Love, and it’s a good reason to not give Rodgers the clarity he seeks. Still, Rodgers wants to know where he stands. He’s entitled to that. He’s too good and too accomplished — and he’s been far too loyal to the team — to merit anything less than a straight answer to a simple question.

How do I fit into the team’s plans over the next 3-5 years?

78 responses to “What Aaron Rodgers really wants is clarity

  1. Rodgers has a signed valid contract. What he wants doesnt matter. He is an employee of the Packers. As long as hes paid on time he has nothing to complain about.

    The arrogance and self entitlement he oozes is mindboggling.

    If he was half as good as he thinks he is he’d find a way to win a game that matters.

  2. No, I think this is a power play.

    He wants the Packers to push all their chips to the middle of the table. And if not, he’s going to ask to be moved.

    I can’t see this any other way.

  3. You guys hit the nail on the head…finally. When he made the comment (and kind of snickered) I thought it was obvious that he was saying “who knows if they want me”….but Wilde reported it as him possibly saying goodbye and that angle kind of snowballed. He might want a trade…he might retire, etc. It was never about that. How could you feel secure in your job knowing the team just put so much capital into your replacement?

  4. He probably doesn’t want a defense on his team that is absolutely garbage every year either.

  5. What I really want is for Aaron to stop crying and actually win another Superbowl. Until that happens he’s right there with the Jim McMahons and Brett Favre’s of the league – 1 Superbowl win and a whole lot of noise but no results

  6. This is such a 2021 “delicate flower” sort of take: The guy is getting paid MILLIONS (and reportedly made another $90 million in endorsements the past two years) but it’s perfectly acceptable for him to undermine his team because his ego hasn’t been sufficiently stroked in the past couple minutes.

  7. Ron Jull says:
    January 28, 2021 at 10:30 am
    Rodgers has a signed valid contract. What he wants doesnt matter. He is an employee of the Packers. As long as hes paid on time he has nothing to complain about.

    He is an employee … Blah Blah Blah.

    It’s true, he is an employee. But he is a human. Who doesn’t want to know where they stand. Anyone with a job would like to know that we have a future and something to count on. Doesn’t matter if you $7 or 7 million. He just had an MVP season, so he should try to cash that in for a little clarity/respect. Will he get it? Probably not, but we should all be willing to stand up and at least try to get that acknowledgment.

    And if not, you move on, when you can. Just like all of us. So to say he is self entitled is a stretch and a projection. Or at the least, he is empowered because he is one of the best at what he does.

  8. Deal him to the Pats. Reports out saying Belichick will be uncharacteristically aggressive this offseason.

  9. “I want clarity” is a fancy way of saying “I want money.” Just like when players say “it’s not about money, it’s about respect.”Rodgers career earnings are just shy of a quarter billion. Poor guy.

  10. I really get sick of him and his drama. Doesnt he recall the Packers did the same exact thing when they drafted him, while still having Brett Favre? He didnt start until his 4th season. The Packers didnt need him when they drafted him, but took advantage of grabbing a talented person when he free fell to them.

    He also is 1-5 in NFC Championship Games. Yes, great regular season stats, and definitely a top 10 QB. But he also commands a cap hit of $37.5 million this upcoming season. Not pauper wages. Where he is entitled to every dollar someone is willing to pay him, at the same time, in a salary cap sport, each dollar he gets paid, is one less dollar they can use to get talent around him. Taking up over 20% of the cap for one player has an impact on the team they surround him with.

    Honestly, the packers owe him nothing other than the salary they pay him. Rodgers on the other hand, can choose not to play, if he doesnt want to. Of course, then he doesnt get paid. But no one is forcing him to “endure ” this hardship.

  11. icouldcareless says:
    January 28, 2021 at 10:36 am
    What I really want is for Aaron to stop crying and actually win another Superbowl. Until that happens he’s right there with the Jim McMahons and Brett Favre’s of the league – 1 Superbowl win and a whole lot of noise but no results
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    The Jim McMahons are in a different stratosphere than the Brett Favres. Rodgers is in the Favre category – future first-ballot HOFer. I can’t stand Rodgers, but let’s call it like it is.

  12. How can you attempt to trade Jordon Love? What has he put on film that would entice any team to give up capital for him? He didn’t even have a pre-season. The Packers (themselves) only know what they have with him is his third string reps in practice.

  13. if he does not like having any guaranteed money the last 3 years of his deal leaving him with zero leverage than he should not have signed the contract

  14. So by ‘clarity’ you really mean ‘security’? He got through the fat part of his contract with no complaints (surprise?) and now that the contract is in the team’s favor, he wants them to rip it up and redo it? Nah.

    Rodgers did NOT play at an MVP level the few years leading up to GB drafting Love. He was seemingly one more injury away from retirement. He then had an outstanding 2020 season, but the team was stacked. Lets see how the offense plays after losing their pro bowl center and top running back. If Rodgers plays out of his mind again in 2021, maybe the Packers guarantee the final two years of his contract.

  15. If they would had only drafted a receiver who could catch or a left tackle who could block. My guess is in the draft they go punter then kicker with first two picks.

  16. He probably doesn’t want a defense on his team that is absolutely garbage every year either.

    More excuses for Afraud.. hisD got him 3 turnovers only got 6 points
    2 of the turnovers 3 and out.

    Also had the ball first and goal TWICE inside the 10 they ran one time
    Then he went o for 5 between the 2 possessions

    Could have ran one in or at least gotten to the 1 or 2 yard line and it would have made an easier decision to go for it on forth down
    Instead he throws back across his body into double coverage.

    That’s on him.

  17. The posters who take the position that Rodgers signed a deal in good faith and should abide by it, without any comment at all, about his future are people who have never once been in the position of leading others or motivating others for a common goal. Restated, they haven’t managed people in a professional setting.

  18. The guy who puts out multiple conflicting messages every time he gets in front of a mic, wants clarity. Got it.

  19. Rodgers had a 9th ranked scoring defense in 2009 and a 12th ranked scoring defense in 2012, but he still didn’t show up against the 49ers in the playoffs. He had a 12th ranked scoring defense in 2015 as well. What happened last season? In the 2019 season, he had a 9th ranked scoring defense, but Rodgers did it again against the 49ers. He didn’t score enough points, and he threw 2 touchdowns to 2 interceptions. How do you score just 6 points off 3 interceptions?

    His scoring defense this past season was ranked 13th. His defense forced 4 interceptions from Russell Wilson in that 2014 NFC championship. Don’t pretend and act like he has played on awful teams in each of these seasons. At least try to get back to another super bowl, even if you lose that game. This guy has played with Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jimmy Graham, Jordy Nelson, Nick Collins, Clay Matthews, A.J. Hawk, Charles Woodson, and other talented players.

  20. The NFL is a business and Rogers knows that.
    In the NFL, true clarity comes from a contractual commitment, or lack thereof.
    $ does not bring clarity. Just ask Watson.

  21. Let me clear it up for you……….you are expendable just like an employee of every business in the country. Deal with it.

  22. Clarity? How much more clear can it get idiot? Coach and President said you were the leader and better be back. This guy is nothing more than attention getter. He needs people talking about him and stroking his ego at all times.

  23. “He’s too good and too accomplished”

    Well, he is good. Accomplished? Not so sure about that.

    I’ll spoil the suspense. He’ll play with the packers for one more year, then he’s gone.

  24. noaheffenway says:
    January 28, 2021 at 10:47 am
    He is an employee … Blah Blah Blah.

    It’s true, he is an employee. But he is a human. Who doesn’t want to know where they stand. Anyone with a job would like to know that we have a future and something to count on. Doesn’t matter if you $7 or 7 million. He just had an MVP season, so he should try to cash that in for a little clarity/respect. Will he get it? Probably not, but we should all be willing to stand up and at least try to get that acknowledgment.–

    Actually it does matter if he’s making $7 or $7million. Most of us want clarity so we know we will be ok financially, for ourselves and our families. He doesn’t have that concern, it’s more about his needy ego than anything else.

  25. Your clarity comes from the language in your contract. Jared Geoff is almost un-tradeable. . So is Kurt Cousins. Arguably the lions would not eat the chuck of money they will when they trade Stanford except he wanted out. To pay these big contracts teams have to push a lot of the money into the future. I don’t know the details of Rogers deal, but for these other guys, even when they play badly (Geoff) they are almost impossible to get rid of. If Roger doesn’t have the same situation, shame on his agent. There are no guarantees but if Rogers continues to play well, is not a distraction (?), and it is cost prohibitive to get rid of him, he is set. So don’t expect the Packers to woo him or profess their undying love. They absolutely went out of their way to acquire Jordan Love, but unless Rogers contract is different than most, he has plenty of leverage and can control a lot of the timing of his eventual exit.

  26. His scoring defense this past season was ranked 13th. His defense forced 4 interceptions from Russell Wilson in that 2014 NFC championship. Don’t pretend and act like he has played on awful teams in each of these seasons. At least try to get back to another super bowl, even if you lose that game. This guy has played with Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jimmy Graham, Jordy Nelson, Nick Collins, Clay Matthews, A.J. Hawk, Charles Woodson, and other talented players.
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    You keep wanting to go after him for 2014. The Seahawks were defending Champs, playing at home, with the pretty much best homefield advantage in sports. They had the best D since the 2000 Ravens or ’85 Bears. Rodgers played hurt. He staked the team to a 12-point lead in the closing minutes….. what more do you want? Rodgers won that game. No team in Championship Game history blows a lead like that.

    Jimmy Graham… thats hysterical… tell another..

  27. “Aaron wants Clarity”, after drafting a new quarterback last year, you can’t get any more clear than that!

  28. Could have ran one in or at least gotten to the 1 or 2 yard line and it would have made an easier decision to go for it on forth down
    Instead he throws back across his body into double coverage.
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    You better watch again

    Adams is open, Rodgers threw it late, and Devin White closed on the ball

  29. It’s clear aaron rodgers is a top 2 nfl qb and has the ability to remain one for the entire length of jordan loves rookie contract which Rodgers is under contract for the duration of save for the 5th year team option.

    This presents the Packers with the same problem they had with Aaron Rodgers however many moons ago and Rodgers like everyone else is smart enough to know this. They had to either keep favre and never find out if Rodgers was the next one or give Rodgers the chance that love is now preparing for as Rodgers once did. The two differences this time are Rodgers has not wavered on playing and the 5th year option would give the Packers the ability to possibly have their cake and eat it too…

    In the end this may be a good sign for Packers fans as this might signal that aaron rodgers has been impressed by loves progression through out the year. That remains the 2nd best case scenario for Packers fans.

    The one in which love is the next Rodgers as Rodgers was the next Favre. If Rodgers plays so well that he’s the starter through 2023 and the Packers seriously contend for multiple super bowls over the next 3 seasons that’s a good problem to have. Then Rodgers leaves in free agency or retires. And love takes over for the following 12 seasons extending the Packers hall of fame qb streak half a century

    Now the very best case for Packers fans would be love is just that good that even though Rodgers is playing at an mvp level the front office feels comfortable trading Rodgers after the 2022 season for valuable draft capital possibly multiple first round picks with little to no damage to their salary cap. Love steps in as the starter in his 4th season just as Rodgers did and the rest is history. Which is the scenario I think Rodgers would like assurance against but it’s also the exact reason the front office made the decision to draft love so I guess that is the dilema

    Ultimately I think both sides can win as part of this is clearly Rodgers wants the front office to go all in to win the super bowl over the next few seasons. Something they have never done during the Favre or Rodgers era which seems shocking…in the immortal words of the great kevin greene “it’s time”

  30. I think the clarity he is looking for is… guarantee me I’m going to be the start for the next three years. He’s so insecure he needs to be reassured.

  31. Two years ago I signed a 4 year deal to be Chief Revenue Officer at an IT company. I agreed that after two years, there will be no guarantees. I felt like a had a decent year, hit my numbers, but non-the-less, the Board of Directors hired a younger person a year later with the idea that he would take my job. Fast forward to this year, my sales team hit every number, I was awarded the top Chief Revenue Officer in the market. I gave no indication that I wanted to retire, or switch companies, and exhibited total loyalty to the company, yet in return, the Board of Directors offered me no guarantees that I would fulfill the entire 4 year agreement.

    I was upset, stunned frankly, so I wondered out loud what my future holds and many in my industry thought I should just shut up and sell.

  32. Trade him or keep him is the only question and answer. Soon, Love will demand a trade or starter. What are they going to do? Dysfunctional

  33. aarons444 says:
    January 28, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    You keep wanting to go after him for 2014. The Seahawks were defending Champs, playing at home, with the pretty much best homefield advantage in sports. They had the best D since the 2000 Ravens or ’85 Bears. Rodgers played hurt. He staked the team to a 12-point lead in the closing minutes….. what more do you want? Rodgers won that game. No team in Championship Game history blows a lead like that.

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    And, those look like excuses to me. Considering his defense gave him 5 takeaways to work with, Rodgers still threw only one passing touchdown the whole game. Had he scored just one more touchdown, the Seahawks never would have been able to make a comeback. His two picks didn’t help in that game, either. As for Jimmy Graham, he sure looked great with Drew Brees. I’m sure he also would have been good with Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. Players just don’t seem to want to play with Rodgers, and we all know why.

  34. Ultimately I think both sides can win as part of this is clearly Rodgers wants the front office to go all in to win the super bowl over the next few seasons. Something they have never done during the Favre or Rodgers era which seems shocking…in the immortal words of the great kevin greene “it’s time”
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    They did sell out to make the D better. BIG $$ on the Smith Bros

    I don’t know where the splash move is at this point?

    Frankly, they stand to get worse with Jones and Linsley likely out in FA

  35. You better watch again

    Adams is open, Rodgers threw it late, and Devin White closed on the ball

    Fine if he “threw it late” that’s still on HIM

  36. Another QB going where? Anywhere these guys go the new team will have depleted money and draft picks. I don’t understand why they have leverage. You are under contract. You just went to the playoffs and had a chance. You think you’d be better off starting over ina new system and division?

  37. Seriously how much money do these guys need to live??? He signed 138 million dollar contract and all the off the field money he is making is crazy!!! Save some money to get the key players in Green Bay to win the big games and another Super Bowl. They need tall and fast CB’s and WR’s. Another fast defensive end and LB’s and some OT to block so Rodgers is not getting sacked so much. Also, with the year he had and years he has left they could get a first round pick for Love as they don’t need him!!

  38. Drama queen. It’s hard to feel sorry for Rodgers when he sits up there after a huge and unnecessary loss, making it seem like it’s all about HIM. That is what is wrong with the Packers. Rodgers’ personality. He had a golden opportunity to tie that game up and send it to OT by running it in himself and he failed.

  39. Clarity. It’s clear you don’t need the money. It’s clear you are the starting QB next year. It’s clear you are trying to deflect any responsibility for the loss.

    As much as I enjoy watching Rodgers throw the football he and TB12 do not belong in the same sentence.

    If Brady’s coach, whether it be NE or TB, decided to kick a FG instead of going for it, Brady would have never said “It wasn’t my call”

  40. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Rodgers doesn’t want “clarity”. What he wants is; to be the center of attention, have his ring kissed, bend the knee to him, and to be paid the highest in the NFL. Every since he sat too long in that green room, all he cares about is his ego. You think it’s a coincidence that most of his ex-teammates have nothing good to say about him, on a personal level? We all know he can play ball. But there’s a reason everybody from family to ex-teammates simply cannot stand the guy.

  41. packers should keep aaron “uncertain” at least another year – numbers don’t lie.

    Then a bitter divorce playing out in public once again next year – what about the children (packer fans)?

  42. Brady took less money (still a fortune), and he and his team are practicing for the SB. Maybe a few guys, like Rodgers here, should take note. There’s a salary cap fellas. Maybe stop trying to take as much of it as you can.

  43. I hope the Packers were paying attention to the Tom Brady situation. The Patriots aren’t looking real smart.

  44. Even though I find Rodgers’ attitude annoying, he’s not wrong to be curious about what the Packers are doing. They played in last year’s NFC championship game, and did nothing substantial to upgrade their roster to put them over the top. Worse it looked like they were planning for their Rodgers-less future and allowed weak areas to get weaker.
    This year they again make it to the NFC championship, and he’s right to wonder what they plan to do for the upcoming season.
    Do they no longer want to win titles in Titletown?

  45. Those Packers need the clarity of our Vikings and unrivaled record of championship success.

  46. Funny that a discussion about the Green Bay Packers has a post from every viking fan/troll on this site. Why do you guys care so much? Didn’t your squad go 7-9 this year and barely eek out a third place finish? Seems like y’all have got much bigger things to worry about than why Aaron Rodgers said something.

  47. What I really want is for Aaron to stop crying and actually win another Superbowl. Until that happens he’s right there with the Jim McMahons and Brett Favre’s of the league – 1 Superbowl win and a whole lot of noise but no results
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    Perhaps instead of wanting Rodgers to win another SB you should want your team to win it’s first. Just a thought.

  48. This guy needs so much coddling it’s pathetic. Can’t keep a girlfriend, pushed away his family, now he’s pushing away the Packers because he got a case of the feels. You want to feel wanted? Go spend some of your money by YOURSELF.

  49. This author thinks Aaron needs clarity. Aaron doesnt need or has said that he needs clarity. Its amazing how many of you bite for a authors baseless opinion.

  50. “ Clarity is not available when your future is a “beautiful mystery.”
    Somehow that deserved more than just clicking the thumbs up button. That deserves a full on “attaboy”. Well spoke sir, well spoke.

  51. HeavyD says:
    January 28, 2021 at 11:25 am

    The posters who take the position that Rodgers signed a deal in good faith and should abide by it, without any comment at all, about his future are people who have never once been in the position of leading others or motivating others for a common goal. Restated, they haven’t managed people in a professional setting.
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    Um, Rodgers has played longer than most & has earned almost a quarter of a billion dollars in his career. What clarity could he possibly need at this point in his career? Despite playing a MVP type season, Rodgers’ career is obviously winding down. The Packers drafted a QB because father time is undefeated.

  52. In order to make the best decision for himself, he needs to know exactly where he stands. He will likely be in Green Bay next year and he’d be fine with that. It could just as easily be elsewhere. No hard feelings. He’s understood for a long time it’s a business first and a sport second. He’s a smart guy and has always played it straight, fair, and reasonable. It’ll be more of the same this time around. If he moves on, I’ll tip my hat and say thank you for trying your hardest and your best. Who could ask for more?

  53. I’m laughing at the absurdity of Viking trolls bashing Rodgers and the Packers, as though the problems facing the Vikings don’t dwarf this media-created sideshow. Turning a blind eye to the bottom-to-top rebuild and overhaul in Minnesota won’t alter reality. What a joke.

  54. This team has more holes than swiss cheese. Cut bait and pray that the dark days of the 70s 80s and 90s don’t return.

  55. Brady took less money (still a fortune), and he and his team are practicing for the SB.
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    Brady left New England for MORE money.

  56. And, those look like excuses to me. Considering his defense gave him 5 takeaways to work with, Rodgers still threw only one passing touchdown the whole game.
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    We’ve never, ever, seen a team melt down that way in a Title game.

    I think your standard here is absurd.

  57. Fine if he “threw it late” that’s still on HIM
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    Not a good throw. I agree.

    Missed many chances, no debate there.

    Just saying, to the folks that think it was a no-brainer to run, watch the tape again.

  58. As for Jimmy Graham, he sure looked great with Drew Brees. I’m sure he also would have been good with Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. Players just don’t seem to want to play with Rodgers, and we all know why.
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    Most ridiculous thing you’ve said yet.

    Ask Driver, Jennings, Nelson and Adams whether they liked playing with Rodgers.

    Jimmy Graham was a AWFUL signing for the Packers. Not a good player at that point of his career. Did next to nothing to make an impact.

    Better find a stronger example than that.

  59. Seriously, I wonder if any of us were in his position, coming off an MVP season, with no guaranteed money left on the contract, wouldn’t want to use that to our advantage to gain both certainty and market level comp? And if the response is, he should be happy with the millions, blah, blah, blah, you aren’t truly putting yourself in his shoes, you’ve still got yours on.

  60. What Florio really wants is to beat this dead horse. When is the last off season he hasn’t tried to be overly dramatic with the Packers’ QB situation? The team said he’ll be back and he said he’ll be back. What more is there to say? Nothing, but that won’t stop Florio from saying it anyway.

  61. pkrlvr says:
    January 28, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    Funny that a discussion about the Green Bay Packers has a post from every viking fan/troll on this site.//////

    Sure buddy it is just Vikings trolls commenting on Rodgers suspect behavior. Whatever you say.

  62. aarons444 says:
    January 28, 2021 at 2:56 pm
    Jimmy Graham was a AWFUL signing for the Packers. Not a good player at that point of his career. Did next to nothing to make an impact. Better find a stronger example than that.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Kyle Rudolph

  63. Why don’t people simply accept what Rodgers actually says, instead of promoting what they think he is saying? This is just like last year when sports media and Packer-haters ALL said Rodgers and LaFleur were like oil and water and Rodgers’ skills had declined to mediocrity. How’d that work out for you? 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. REPEAT: He also said “he doesn’t expect to be anywhere else.”

    The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success is still Aaron Rodgers. Nothing has changed, and that’s a huge and bitter pill for haters.

    Bon Appetit’

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