The Green Bay Packers and the rest of the NFL world are still awaiting a decision from four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers regarding his plans for 2023. Rodgers emerged from his four-day darkness retreat, a trip that has been the talk of social media ever since he announced his plans on The Pat McAfee Show. Just because his time in the dark has ended, however, does not mean that we will hear his decision today, or even tomorrow. That being said, the rumors and contradicting reports regarding how the Packers feel about Rodgers continue to abound.
The Green Bay Packers Want Aaron Rodgers Back, but There Is a Condition
As Rodgers himself noted on The Pat McAfee Show, he is still under contract with the Green Bay Packers. Even though the Las Vegas Raiders and New York Jets have become betting favorites to attain the future Hall of Fame quarterback, Rodgers’ future is still very much connected to the franchise that drafted him.
Earlier this week, Bob McGinn, who covers the Packers, claimed that the organization was “disgusted” with Rodgers. His sources were his “gut instincts” and an unnamed person with knowledge of the front office.
The very next day, however, two NFL insiders reported that the Packers actually want Rodgers back in 2023 if he decides he wants to play at all. There is, though, a condition: Rodgers needs to be all in.
Tom Pelissero of The NFL Network first stated this on The Rich Eisen Show:
“If he wants to return to Green Bay and as long as he’s fully bought in, the Packers want him back. They had good conversations after the season.”
Later, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington was quoted as saying:
“I had with a [conversation with a] very important Green Bay Packers source who, quite honestly, believes that Aaron Rodgers will be back with the Packers and that all of this is being overhyped. He looks at the contract that Aaron Rodgers signed last year and the commitment that he gave to the team and believes that at the end of the day, Aaron Rodgers will be back with the Packers.”
Of course, all of this means nothing if Rodgers decides he wants to retire. In the end, Rodgers it seems still controls his own destiny, but he cannot control what is written about him.
Such is life, I guess.
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