The 2023 NFL offseason has already been full of a lot of drama around the league. Mostly, the trade rumors surrounding Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have been firing on all cylinders. It seems likely at this point in time that Rodgers will leave Green Bay, but no decision has been officially made by either Rodgers or the franchise.
As fans wait for the official announcement of what will happen, Rodgers continues speaking out publicly on the Pat McAfee Show. Unfortunately, most of what he has said has not given any indication of what to expect.
Over the past couple of weeks, the New York Jets and Las Vegas Raiders have been pinpointed as the top two potential trade destinations for Rodgers. Davante Adams has been recruiting Rodgers heavily to Las Vegas and the Jets are expected to go all-out to acquire Rodgers. That has set up the potential for a big bidding war for the Packers to choose from.
Another option that hasn’t been talked about much is the fact that Rodgers could still retire.
Aaron Rodgers Makes It Clear That Retirement Is Still An Option
This week on the Pat McAfee Show, Rodgers talked honestly about retirement still being on the table. Even though many thought that Tom Brady retiring would make it less likely for Rodgers to retire, he doesn’t view it that way at all.
“The idea I wouldn’t want to share a stage with Tom and JJ Watt is ridiculous. That’s already going to be an incredible Hall of Fame class… their decisions don’t impact my own decision.”
For the Packers, Rodgers retirement would be a bittersweet option. They would be able to keep his legacy with the franchise intact, but would not be able to get any value for moving on. However, it would be a breath of fresh air for fans after watching the way things went with Brett Favre.
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Jordan Love appears ready to take over as the starting quarterback in Green Bay. After using a first-round pick on him just a couple short years ago, the Packers know that he needs to play. Wasting that pick would be a brutal decision for the franchise.
Bringing Rodgers back for one more season could work. As long as that is what both sides know the situation is, Love could sit behind Rodgers for one more season and take over next year. Trading Aaron Rodgers would net the Packers plenty of assets to use.
Expect to continue hearing a ton of rumors coming out of Green Bay about Rodgers. The two sides will need to make a decision in the near future. Only time will tell, but we will all be on the edge of our seats waiting to hear what comes next.