Brian Gutekunst: Aaron Rodgers is certainly going to take some time and I think that’s fair

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Aaron Rodgers did not exactly look or sound like a player intending to suit up again for another season when he held his postgame press conference following last Sunday’s loss to the Lions.

But the Packers don’t seem like they’ll be pushing him out the door.

In his Friday press conference, Green Bay General Manager Brian Gutekunst said he wants all the guys back, including Rodgers. But the Packers are going to give the quarterback the space he needs to decide whether or not he’d like to keep playing.

He’s certainly going to take some time. I think that’s fair,” Gutekunst said. “And as we work through this, I think as he takes his time, makes his decision just on his playing career in general, then we’ll get together and move forward that way.

“We made a really big commitment to him last offseason. So I think as we did that, it wasn’t certainly for just this year. So we’ll — like I said, he’s going to take his time and the communication will be pretty constant as we move forward.”

Gutekunst was asked why the Packers would want Rodgers back, given that his play declined in 2022 and the quarterback will be 40 next December.

“Well certainly this year, I think he was dealing with some moving pieces, some injuries — things like that,” Gutekunst said. “It wasn’t a great year offensively for us as a whole. But I mean, you guys saw, he can still play at a very high level. Really liked the way he led us. So, I think as we move forward over the next month or so, we’ll start putting these things together and see how that transpires.”

Rodgers has said that continuing to play for the Packers won’t be entirely up to him. But Gutekunst noted he hasn’t given Rodgers any indication that the franchise doesn’t want him back, though the G.M. admitted the middle of the season was tough on everybody.

“We’ve had good conversations, like we always do,” Gutekunst said. “Talked this week and it was really good conversations. I really respect the process he goes through after the season. He’s done this for a long time. What he goes through during the offseason to get prepared for a season is significant. And I understand the decision he has to make on whether he wants to go through that. So, I’ve always tried to give him that time. We talked about the season, what went right, what went wrong, what he liked, what he didn’t. But not a lot of future stuff.”

After winning his second MVP award in a row last year, Rodgers completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 3,695 yards with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2022. His passer rating fell from 111.9 to 91.1.

69 responses to “Brian Gutekunst: Aaron Rodgers is certainly going to take some time and I think that’s fair

  1. “What he goes through during the offseason to get prepared for a season is significant.”

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

  2. Rodgers has all the power. No one will trade for him as he’s past his freshness date and is over-priced. Its best for the Packers long-term if he retires. Keeping him on at his salary is going to mean cap hell.

  3. I don’t believe for 1 second he retires. He is too smart to pass on 50-60 million. He just likes being in the spotlight.

  4. Aaron Rodgers is not just “going to take some time”. He is going to milk this for every last drop of attention he can possibly get, showing up 5 minutes before mandatory activities. He will whine, be ambiguous, say passive aggressive things, act like he’s better than everybody. At the end of the day, he will play, because he is not walking away from all that money. But it’s all about him, always has been.

  5. We’re becoming a more dangerous team. We’ve all seen some of the commentary outside. ‘Nobody’s worried about the Packers.’ Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Now what are they gonna say?
    — Aaron Rodgers, after the Packers won their fourth straight to set up a win-and-in season finale at home against Detroit next week.

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    Man, it was sweet to see those words come back to bite him. It’s timee for Love take over.

  6. Not fair to the Packers fans to make them go through Favre-Syndrome again and again. The team is paying an ungodly amount of money to Rodgers, he quite literally owes them a speedy answer….oh, yeah and he should participate in the OTAs with that kind of salary. SMH

  7. does seem like now would be the time to move to Mr. Love. Last yr of 4 yr deal, with available 5th yr option. Save $ with Rodgers gone, put the money into the rest of the team. If he succeeds, you have your answer already. If not, you punt on the 5th yr option and draft a QB in ’24 or go sign/trade for an established guy.

  8. No it’s not fair. It’s opposite of fair. It’s about a selfish as you can be. His not showing up with those young receivers cost them the playoffs. The Detroit game shouldn’t have even mattered. Those teammates and fans got screwed. He’s done. He should have retired instead of paying this little game of I’m in no I’m out no I’m back in.

  9. Lot of haters, but from a pure football standpoint, wouldn’t it be nice if he announced 2023 was his last season, Love comes on board with appropriate extension for a guy who’s never played, and see what happens in 2023 and the very long term beyond. Any Packer fan who saw those pure, if few, throws that Love made in that Buffalo game would like to see what he can do in a full time Packer uniform at some point.

  10. If the biggest Superbowl window in history isn’t shut it’s at the very best ajar. Let’s see how the Packer fans who haven’t ever seen mediocre QB play in Green Bay handle what’s coming to them. Or in their entitled minds do they believe the streak continues with Love? Good luck with that.

  11. Give the man some weapons! Look at what the 49ers do for their quarterback, look what the Chiefs do for Mahomes … and compare that to the wideouts the Packers trot out for Rodgers. Two more wideouts and a tight end would help – especially if Lazard and Tonyan leave as free agents. The Packer front office has a terrible draft record.

  12. He’ll play at least two more years in Green Bay.. book that

  13. “Give the man some weapons!”

    Last year, Rodgers had Adams, and they were one and done in the playoffs.

  14. mascadcar says:
    January 13, 2023 at 11:44 am
    He is washed, who cares

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    Seriously? LOL. The guy just won back to back MVP’s. He had a “down” year with a whole new receiving group and a broken thumb. These ice cold takes make me laugh.

  15. scottishvike says:

    Let’s see how the Packer fans who haven’t ever seen mediocre QB play in Green Bay handle what’s coming to them.

    ++++++

    It’s like you don’t even remember Brett Hundley.

  16. edtheadequate says:
    January 13, 2023 at 12:20 pm
    An even trade: Rogers for Cousins. SKOL Vikings!

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    You’ll have to throw in Jefferson and your next three 1st round picks to make it an even trade.

  17. He’s like that extremely attractive girlfriend that you just can’t break up with cause they are really good at one thing, and one thing only. And with Rodgers, that one thing isn’t quite as good as it once was.

  18. They thought he was leaving last year and so his #1 target walked. Then they gave him the whole bank. Ridiculous.

  19. The Packers are waiting for Rodgers to tell them what he plans to do. Tail. Dog. LOLOL

  20. The Lions game was a postseason game. Rodgers cannot perform as well in the postseason as he does in the regular season. He hasn’t in twelve years. His pay is not commensurate with his performance.

    Earth-to-Gutey: Take your good-awful financial lumps from your own good-awful decision to re-sign Rodgers and move-on from him. Get creative. Make it happen. Give the keys to Jordan Love and let’s see where that ride takes us. Make Rodgers “somebody that you used to know.”

  21. 4 time MVC (Most Valuable Choker) says:
    January 13, 2023 at 11:58 am
    We’re becoming a more dangerous team. We’ve all seen some of the commentary outside. ‘Nobody’s worried about the Packers.’ Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Now what are they gonna say?
    — Aaron Rodgers, after the Packers won their fourth straight to set up a win-and-in season finale at home against Detroit next week.

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    Man, it was sweet to see those words come back to bite him. It’s timee for Love take over.

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    You mean it was sweet to see those words come back to bite him in the kneecaps (a la Lion’s coach Campbell) 😅😂🤣

  22. Do you have a choice but to make excuses for him after you groveled before him last year and gave him all the power he craved?

    He could take a dump on the Packers logo in the middle of the field and i’m sure the team would be fine with it because what choice do they have?

  23. QB 12 needs weapons to back him up, need to get a number 1 WR , Watson and Doubts are still in training mode. Look at SF playing with a 3rd string QB because they have a strong D strong secondary and a strong offensive lineup. Do this and GB will be unstoppable, 2023 will be GB’S year. “ Go Pack Go “

  24. arnoldziffel
    “Give the man some weapons!”

    Good Lord I’m sick of this. He has 2 really good young WR’s. Lazard is good. Tonyan is good. He has Dillon and Jones in the backfield and he ahs a defense that keeps every game close. He also has had the chance to play with top-notch WR’s and a stud team his entire career while being in a division devoid of talent, meaning he pretty much got to walk into the playoffs every year. At some point, Rodgers has to take the blame. He is the one holding the Packers back, and he’s the reason they only have one Championship in his tenure

  25. Good Lord I’m sick of this. He has 2 really good young WR’s. Lazard is good. Tonyan is good. He has Dillon and Jones in the backfield and he ahs a defense that keeps every game close.
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    If only this was baseball.. 2 for 5 would be great!

  26. “I’m extremely thankful to be able to have learned from him, grown with him. I think that he pushed me to be a better player, a better man, each and every day.”
    – Christian Watson on Aaron Rodgers –

    This is what a leader does.

  27. If he takes an objective look at the team, its just going to be more of the same next year.

    There is no way the defense is going to get cleaned up in one offseason, especially if Barry is back. And I would think Rodgers has to question whether he can win a bunch of shootouts or not?!

    More and more, I find myself hoping he’s had enough of carrying this team, and just walks away.

  28. Look at SF playing with a 3rd string QB because they have a strong D strong secondary and a strong offensive lineup. Do this and GB will be unstoppable, 2023 will be GB’S year.
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    The Packers have been trying to fix their D for a decade.

    They have more invested than practically every other team, 8 1st rounders, significant free agent signings.. and they’re still as average as it gets (17th this year)

    I don’t have any faith in what they’ve built, and it seems like it will take a miracle to reverse their fortunes at this point.

  29. Once again, the beautiful mystery has begun, and once again, the Packers are letting Rodgers hold all the cards. It’s unreal… he says he won’t hold them hostage, but he will, because they allow him to.

  30. Rodgers cannot perform as well in the postseason as he does in the regular season.
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    Aaron Rodgers regular season QB rating – 103.6 (#2 all-time)
    Aaron Rodgers post season QB rating – 100.1 (#6 all-time)

  31. It would also be fair as a GM not to baby cuddle him. It is just too bad his ego got in the way of him growing as a person and as a player.

  32. What a disaster of a season. They didn’t even get to play Love in a losing season. Now Love wants out. They completely wasted the rookie QB contract. They kicked a ton of salary cap down the road to make another run this year and it failed miserably. Lots of dead cap on potential veteran cuts. And messed up a for sure top 5 pick in the draft.

  33. I don’t understand why every off-season, the Packers wait on Rodgers, the guy who can’t get it done when it really matters. It’s like watching the same movie over and over.

  34. The Packers have been trying to fix their D for a decade.

    They have more invested than practically every other team, 8 1st rounders, significant free agent signings.. and they’re still as average as it gets (17th this year)

    I don’t have any faith in what they’ve built, and it seems like it will take a miracle to reverse their fortunes at this point.

    They have built a goon squad. No leadership. Can’t play…cheap shot

  35. What a disaster of a season. They didn’t even get to play Love in a losing season. Now Love wants out. They completely wasted the rookie QB contract.
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    They didn’t play Love. Despite Rodgers playing hurt all year, and having his worst season.

    Says alot, doesn’t it?

  36. What else is Gutman or his fellow bobbleheads going to say? AR is going to string these 3 clowns out until the end yet again.. As well as poor J Love. Keep doing the same and expect a change doesn’t work. Wait it might, GB will probably end up in NFC N basement this year instead 3rd. Deservedly so.

  37. ferrarination says:
    January 13, 2023 at 11:54 am
    I don’t believe for 1 second he retires. He is too smart to pass on 50-60 million. He just likes being in the spotlight.

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    Does he, though? Or do some websites try to keep the spotlight on him because every time they mention his name, the response is Pavlovian.

  38. The Vikings fans are all high on their horses for another 48 hours…..

  39. When the Vikings lose or win it all, it was not the true outcome. get it over.

    r!66edNFL

  40. Gee Gutt what are you going to do strangle him into submission? I mean fool me once same on you, fool me twice, I dont fn think so. This is last years game that diva boy played.
    Let me tell you the result we all know, he is coming back for 56 mil versus do nothing for nothing.

  41. Gutt is the very reason this team sucks. His drafting is god awful. He money management if god awful and the team is god awful and will be for years to come. Whether Rodgers plays or not this team will be in the bottom of the NFC north and not even close to making the playoffs.
    Rodgers will leave and the rebuild will begin and it wont be pretty for a very long time for the packer org.

  42. dublindemonszfl says:
    January 13, 2023 at 3:15 pm
    Ground Hogs Bay
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    Now that is funny. Well done. Well done.

  43. Es El Repollo! says:
    January 13, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    ferrarination says:
    January 13, 2023 at 11:54 am

    I don’t believe for 1 second he retires. He is too smart to pass on 50-60 million. He just likes being in the spotlight.

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    Does he, though? Or do some websites try to keep the spotlight on him because every time they mention his name, the response is Pavlovian.

    “““““““““““““““““

    Maybe people like Rodgers because he stood strong in dark times and now he’s laughing at everyone that freaked out when he claimed “immunized.” The same people that got played by and not just one, but multiple. smh

  44. Rodgers the athlete is an overrated postseason failure. Rodgers the person is a self-centered, privileged liar. How many reasons do you need to move away from this guy?

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