Aaron Rodgers: I don’t know that my future is in my hands

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Aaron Rodgers won his third MVP award last season. That bought him a 17th season in Green Bay.

But the Packers drafted Rodgers’ heir apparent, Jordan Love, in the first round in 2020, and they have their starting quarterback on a year-to-year arrangement.

So who knows what Rodgers’ future is in Green Bay. Even Rodgers doesn’t know.

“So far, it’s definitely been my team,” Rodgers told Kenny Mayne on ESPN. “I said last year I didn’t know if that was actually possible to be able to finish there. I still feel that’s kind of where we’re at. I don’t know that a lot of that is in my hands. I guess we’ll just kind of see as we go.”

Mayne followed by asking Rodgers why he wouldn’t proclaim that he’s a Packer for life.

Rodgers chuckled before answering, “”Ken, you and I both know that’s not how it works.”

The Packers paid Rodgers’ $6.8 million roster bonus as is last month rather than converting it into a signing bonus. A full restructuring would give Rodgers the security he covets, but that hasn’t happened, so speculation continues about will he stay or will he go?

Rodgers, 37, completed 70.7 percent of his passes for 48 touchdowns and five interceptions last season. The Packers, though, lost in the NFC Championship Game to the Buccaneers, who won it all with Tom Brady in his first season as the team’s quarterback.

61 responses to “Aaron Rodgers: I don’t know that my future is in my hands

  1. How can mark Murphy get fired? When GB fan base/city overwhelmingly want Aaron to be there for life – wouldn’t happen if there was an owner. I understand you could say the same with Favre but anyone watching knows Rodgers and Favre are 2 vastly different players.

  2. Aaron Rodgers has had the burden of being stuck in an organization who constantly puts the ‘future first’. If they could just realize the time to win is now.

    It’s unreal how poorly they’ve built teams around him.

  3. Clearly, it’s not. The Packsrs know it’s suicide to pay an aging qb 35 mil per under the cap.

    If you’re not dealt or cut this year, it will e next year when the 300 million goes into the team owenrs’ bank account.

  4. Every logical sign says this is Aaron Rodgers’ final season in Green Bay.

    Man, Jordan Love better be great in 2022.

  5. Let’s dont forget he has not been as been enough to take the Packers back to the SB. Regular season king of hill, payoffs not so much.

  6. It is actually better for Rodgers to be somewhere else if he wants another Super Bowl ring. The Packers front office has failed to stock the team with talent since Rodgers won the Super Bowl. Mr. Rodgers needs a new neighborhood. If he were playing for Chicago, New Orleans or even Frisco, he could win another SB.

  7. Packers are determined to move on from aaron. Willing to take $17.5m dead money next year as an option. Real people that deal with personalities like aarons, see it as obvious “i’m the smartest person in the room” syndrome. Savvy enough to tell people what they want to hear, but sprinkled with contempt, aggressiveness or resentment for being asked.

    Yet owners still believe the “don’t be the problem” conversation never happened.

    That happens when your local beat writers cannot write a “less than glowing” spin of packer news, or even ask a critical question of the team without risk of being silenced.

    People need to eat.

  8. Rodgers is saying he is just like the rest of us. At the mercy of people and events.

  9. Reporter asks question.

    Rodgers answers.

    Purples convulse.

    Nothing to see here.

  10. As long as Aaron does the discount double-check for Mark Murphy, I’m sure he can stay in Green Bay for a while.

  11. actlikeyouvebeentherebefore says:
    April 2, 2021 at 7:02 pm
    Paging Mr. Kraft and Mr. Belichick….

    12 18 Rate This

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    He’d have to come in around 25 mil per. He likely wouldn’t, and GB would ask for too much anyway.

  12. wilkersonswobblykankles says:
    April 2, 2021 at 7:44 pm
    Packers are determined to move on from aaron. Willing to take $17.5m dead money next year as an option. Real people that deal with personalities like aarons, see it as obvious “i’m the smartest person in the room” syndrome. Savvy enough to tell people what they want to hear, but sprinkled with contempt, aggressiveness or resentment for being asked.

    Yet owners still believe the “don’t be the problem” conversation never happened.

    That happens when your local beat writers cannot write a “less than glowing” spin of packer news, or even ask a critical question of the team without risk of being silenced.

    People need to eat.

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    You could have just said that to describe why BB/Kraft walked from Brady and didn’t just give him 25 mil per until age 45 because of who he is.

    Brady didn’t like it and the media never held him accountable for his poor title games and sb games from 2007-2012.

    That’s why BB drafted JimmyG. It’s why GB moved up for Love.

    Rodgers is being enabled by Brady and this Mebron James ego, team-jumping crap.

    Sports fans like TEAMS not just one individual.

  13. I’m a bit worried that the “Big Brains” in the Packer’s front office are driving the bus over the cliff.

  14. Aaron, sure it is….when your skills start to decline, if they haven’t already, agree to pay cuts that get you on a better “team” like Brady did…..be the leader you think you are and not the guy who believes that he’s never paid enough…..

  15. Tampa Bay wins Super Bowel again, Brady retires and Rogers goes to Tampa Bay, a possible ending

  16. He has made $150M playing football and probably $25M in various endorsements, so he can do whatever he wants or do nothing.

  17. If they’d have drafted a tackle instead of wasting a 1st round pick on another QB, the Packers could have won another super bowl. Rodgers had zero time to set his feet. Actually they could have used two tackles. They couldn’t protect Rodgers for 2 seconds. The same thing happened to Mahomes in the super bowl. Tampa Bay had a ferocious pass rush. Rodgers is playing as well as ever. I have some doubts about the young QB they drafted. On tape, he’s a great athlete, and can make every throw. He can run the play that was called in the huddle very well, as long as everything unfolds according to script, and the way it was practiced and rehearsed. That’s seldom the case in the NFL, and he looked very ordinary when he had to improvise. Can he learn? That’s a good question. It’s also a huge question. Too huge to take a risk with a first round pick, regardless of the fact that they desperately needed help on the OLine. Maybe the Packers want to experience the same feeling New England had this year watching Tom Brady win a super bowl for someone else. I’m sure that’s a wonderful feeling.

  18. Yesterday cheese eaters were upset a reporter asked mark Murphy these same questions BECAUSE Murphy refused to answer. Today they are ok with the same questions BECAUSE there was no problem answering. Dopey.

  19. If Rodgers keeps playing lights out, he will be fine fine until the end of his deal!

  20. What I don’t understand is why Rodgers would want to stay with the packers. Rodgers’ track record of horrendous play in NFC title games aside, this is an organization that never once went all in to win a title. Why stay with an organization who is more interested in staying relevant than winning super bowls and in the process, wasting the careers of two HoF QB’s in a row?

  21. I wish Dallas let Dak walk and put 100% effort in signing Rodgers for a 3-4 year run. The window closes so fast, this would have been a great opportunity, mostly in the NFC East and with Dallas’ offensive weapons.

  22. For the “Rodgers has no team around him” crowd, it’s just asinine to keep asserting that. He’s widely considered the top QB in the game. His top WR is considered by many as the top WR playing today. His TE just caught 11 touchdowns last year. The RB is easily top-5 in the NFL. The LT is widely considered to be the best in the game. The offensive line is routinely lauded as one of the best at pass blocking. The #2 WR has the best average per catch of anyone in the league. Offenses don’t get more stacked than that. The defense has a top tackle, a Pro Bowl outside linebacker, a rising star at CB and two of the best safeties in the game. The Packers have done right by Aaron.

  23. I think we can cross any AFC teams. Who wod Aaron like to play in the Super Bowl?????

  24. “They couldn’t protect Rodgers for 2 seconds.”
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    The Packers had an average time in pocket of 2.4 seconds, tied with TWELVE other teams. The NFL league leaders (eight individual teams) tied at…*gasp* a whopping 2.6.

    Learn what you’re talking about.

  25. charliecharger says:
    April 2, 2021 at 8:36 pm
    If they’d have drafted a tackle instead of wasting a 1st round pick on another QB, the Packers could have won another super bowl. Rodgers had zero time to set his feet. Actually they could have used two tackles

    They had Tackles, problem was the best LT in football got hurt right before the playoffs, you can’t plan for or prevent that. Drafting a OT wouldn’t have done anything for them, a rookie isn’t typically going to just step in and play at a high level, especially after being on the bench all year. GB had the best OL in the league last year and then just got crushed with injuries, it sucks but that’s part of the game.

    They certainly misused their draft picks last year when it came to getting any kind of immediate contribution though. Love better pan out otherwise they just completely wasted a SB opportunity and not even get any kind of long term return on it. This has been a terrible organization propped up by nearly 30 consecutive years of HOF QB play, and they are going to crash and burn if Love isn’t capable of continuing that streak.

  26. At some point in the recent past the Packers had the highest paid LT and NT and will soon likely have the top paid CB and WR. They spent a ton on S, Edge and now RB. They’ve gone to 5 NFCCG’s where Rodgers wasn’t great in 2 of them. The ATL game wasn’t anybody’s fault that team was wrecked with injuries. How do you pay a QB all that money and keep a handful of other stars and still have upper level talent at G, DE, ILB? You can’t. Have the Packers drafted great since the 2010 season? No. Ted was probably kept on a year too long. But this sob story for Rodgers is false. Does he deserve a ton of credit for taking 5 teams to the title game? Yea he does but he also needs to shoulder some blame for the losses. It’s not always everyone else’s fault. Maybe if these QBs didn’t need to always one up the last guy to get a new deal teams could put something around them.
    Rodgers could play for 1 million next year and still be set for 3 lifetimes and maybe have some help but these guys never do that. Well sorry Rodgers you put money you don’t need over another ring.

  27. Why does this guy keep talking to press everyday? All of us are dependent on actions of our employers and we do not earn 200 million dollars. What happens if team trades Love and then Rodgers starts underperforming? They will be stuck for 5 years

  28. Rodgers is the Packers QB for up to another 5 years if they want to keep him. He’s under contract for 3 more yrs and can be tagged twice if they wish to do that. I’m sure he could hold out or retire if he wanted to force his way out sooner but I don’t see him doing that.

    Now should some team offer GB 3 1st round picks for the guy in 2022 or 2023 then they would seriously have to consider trading him. Before you say 3 1sts yeah right, just look at what the Rams just gave the Lions for Stafford.

    Jordan Love was the 26th pick in the draft and they gave up a 4th to move up 4 spots to get him. If some team hoping for a QB after the first 3 or 4 are taken in this year’s draft decides they would rather have Love than one of the QBs still on the board, then GB can trade him instead of Rodgers. As long as they get more than they paid to get Love last year it will be a win for Rodgers and the team.

    With a Pandemic shortened college season and some QBs who opted out or had their seasons cut short by injury. There’s not much difference between that and the fact that Love didn’t play all year.

    The Packers hold all the cards here, they have two talented QBs under contract for the next 3 years at least. All it takes is one team to make GB an offer they can’t refuse for one of those QBs.

    It’s a win win situation really, if you think about it.

  29. Anyone who has millions and millions in the bank knows the future really IS in his (or her) hands. Aaron is certainly in that category.

  30. Rodgers’ track record of horrendous play in NFC title games aside
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    Rodgers threw 3 TD’s in the last game and had a 101 rating. His competition on the other side had 3 picks and a 73 rating. Yet you’re telling us it’s not about the rest of the team. Those two things don’t work together.

  31. What did Bennny do in Steeltown? And just remember he was coming of a pretty bad injury and a pretty bad season. If AR plays well the team will re-up him somehow. Dont forget he has at least 5 good years left if you look at Brady and the types of skills – AR has – gets the ball out, is accurate and is still able to avoid most big devastating hits.

  32. If the packers believe in Jordan Love, they should move on from Rodgers now while he’s coming off an mvp season and has the most trade value he will ever have going forward. If they don’t like what they saw in Love they should trade him, as this year they have a viable reason since Rodgers just proved he is still playing at an MVP level (as opposed to having to admit they think Love isn’t very good).

  33. Welcome to the Miami Dolphins! With the team they are building Rodgers would be a perfect fit if Tua falters.

  34. mrturophile says:
    April 2, 2021 at 10:19 pm
    For the “Rodgers has no team around him” crowd, it’s just asinine to keep asserting that. He’s widely considered the top QB in the game. His top WR is considered by many as the top WR playing today. His TE just caught 11 touchdowns last year. The RB is easily top-5 in the NFL. The LT is widely considered to be the best in the game. The offensive line is routinely lauded as one of the best at pass blocking. The #2 WR has the best average per catch of anyone in the league. Offenses don’t get more stacked than that. The defense has a top tackle, a Pro Bowl outside linebacker, a rising star at CB and two of the best safeties in the game. The Packers have done right by Aaron.

    Holy Homer hanky! Aaron “days of our lives” freakin Rodgers will go the way of the Favre to rub it into gbs front office once again and sign with an nfc north opponent. Book it, stamp it and send it!

  35. Imagine a franchise having an MVP quarterback 6 times in about 25 years. What an abundancy of riches. Better football for better people.

  36. A couple things. Green Bay has only had a top 10 defense once (#9) in the last 11 years. The last time they had a really good DEF they won a Super Bowl. A QB is important, sure, but last time I checked they don’t play defense. As long as Green Bay insists on being the youngest team in the league every year winning a SB is probably not going to happen. Gutie has moved a little away from Ted’s philosophy, but not much. Comparing Favre and Rodgers is ridiculous. Rodgers wants to stay and the team seems to want to push him out. Favre was retiring every year for 10 years and the team finally decided they had to do something about that.

    Packers fans need to get ready to be in the QB wilderness. They’ve had HOF type QB play for 30 years, they’re not going to get lucky again. Sure we only one two Superbowls, but it was fun to watch every year. Ask a Bears fan what it’s like to have a QB carousel that never, ever stops.

    They should pay Aaron until his skills diminish, but Gutie made his pick and the Jordan Love era is a certainty at this point. Gutie was wrong, they are idiots. Idiots with egos that get in the way of the team.

  37. mrturophile says:
    April 2, 2021 at 10:19 pm
    For the “Rodgers has no team around him” crowd, it’s just asinine to keep asserting that. He’s widely considered the top QB in the game. His top WR is considered by many as the top WR playing today. His TE just caught 11 touchdowns last year. The RB is easily top-5 in the NFL. The LT is widely considered to be the best in the game. The offensive line is routinely lauded as one of the best at pass blocking. The #2 WR has the best average per catch of anyone in the league. Offenses don’t get more stacked than that. The defense has a top tackle, a Pro Bowl outside linebacker, a rising star at CB and two of the best safeties in the game. The Packers have done right by Aaron.

    first of all, rodgers kept signing contracts so he has no one to blame but himself and his advisors.

    but to the previous post, your description of the pack[s talent reads like a brochure for a timeshare. the only positive ignored is the fact that a rod’s individual talent is partl responsible for the other players’ success.

    i know of no one that thinks adams is the best wr in the league. jones in the top 5 is no cinch as he was #10 in rushing yards and was behind taylor of indy and montgomery of chi in yards from scrimmage. as to baktiari once again way overstated. i hear many names for best lt, and his doesn’t come up as much as stanley and ty smith and the kid from new orleans among others. the o line as a whole is good. your tight end is not to be confused with kelce or kittle, and the 2 wr with the 20 yard average catch only caught 33 of 60 something balls so the yards per target was 11, the defense during rodgers tenure has been pretty weak most years.

    so both parties are deserving of their current position. rodgers for sigining a deal, and the pack for drafting a qb in the first round last year. oh, before it starts, i am an eagle fan not a nfc north interested party.

  38. His future is more certain than many qbs. Wilson, Watson, Mayfield, Gorappolo to name a few. Many different reasons for the uncertainty. A.R. came off of too good of a season to really think about uncertainty. So A.R. just say what you want to say which is “guarantee me 5 years deal so I can finish my career in Green Bay.”. He is smart to get it locked down this off-season after the year he is coming off.

  39. Aaron Rodgers Traditionally Stinks in the NFC Championship Game

    Last season was his worst performance. In the Packers’ 37-20 loss to the 49ers, which had the No. 7 scoring defense and forced the fourth-most turnovers per game, Rodgers threw one interception and fumbled the ball in the first half as the Packers fell behind 27-0. He threw two TDs in the second half to salvage, on the stat sheet, what would have been arguably the worst playoff performance of his career. But he also threw another INT, giving him three turnovers in the game.

  40. I may be the worlds only purple Rodgers fan, but the guy’s answers were spot on accurate. I can see the Pack wanting flexibility and Rodgers recognizing that fact. The guy has nothing to worry about, he’s rich, was the MVP, and likely will be good for 5 more years whether he plays for the Pack or not. The Pack would be stupid to let him go, but I guess they were stupid enough to draft a QB and RB in the last draft that they didn’t need.

  41. The Packers are in a salary cap crunch. All of their WRs are free agents after this season, including Davante Adams, and they’re already roughly $16MM over a $200MM estimated salary cap next season, with only 30 players under contract. Rodgers is a $37MM cap hit this year, and $40MM next year.

    Something has to give.

  42. Real fans would get behind Jordan Love and make him feel wanted because like it or not Rodgers is almost done as a Packer, I was elated when Love was drafted, this young man has what it takes to be another HOF QB which would give the Packers three straight HOF QB’s in a row, That’s unprecedented in the NFL so we should be praying Love is our man instead of crying about drafting him!

  43. Packers haven’t invested in WR because nearly anyone can catch what Rodgers is delivering. For years GB neglected both defense and OL. Losing their pro bowl LT definitely contributed to their playoff flub, but let’s not forget the defense and special teams that allowed Seattle to face New England in the Super Bowl.

    Call Rodgers passive aggressive if you want, but GB has unquestionably squandered his talents by not adding to the defense and keeping Mike Mccarthy far far far too long.

  44. JaminJake says:
    April 3, 2021 at 5:31 pm
    Packers haven’t invested in WR because nearly anyone can catch what Rodgers is delivering. For years GB neglected both defense and OL. Losing their pro bowl LT definitely contributed to their playoff flub, but let’s not forget the defense and special teams that allowed Seattle to face New England in the Super Bowl.

    Call Rodgers passive aggressive if you want, but GB has unquestionably squandered his talents by not adding to the defense and keeping Mike Mccarthy far far far too long.
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    Any more excuses you can come up with? Come on you got to do better than that.

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