Aaron Rodgers is deciding his next move
Aaron Rodgers was meeting with the Packers last week after losing to the Detroit Lions in Week 18. The loss knocked the Packers out of the playoffs and kicked off an offseason of speculation about the quarterback’s future. Rodgers could retire, come back to Green Bay, or demand a trade. One Packers insider sees Rodgers returning with the possibility he would be benched in 2023.
There will be a big market for a trade if Rodgers wants to go elsewhere. However, Rodgers has been loyal to the Packers since he was drafted by the team in 2005. Tom Silverstein with Packers News wrote recently about the Packers’ brewing situation at quarterback. Silverstein doesn’t think Rodgers will retire for financial reasons, and the most likely scenario for 2023 includes Rodgers and Love back in Green Bay–with a possible twist:
“Love won’t be happy being a backup again this year, but he’s stuck. He could ask for a trade, but the Packers wouldn’t grant it and he’d have to just wait for his opportunity. Given Rodgers’ age, it’s possible Love becomes the starter at some point in ’23 due to a Rodgers injury or drop in performance.”
Would the Packers bench Rodgers for Love?
This would undoubtedly be something to see. For most of the season, Aaron Rodgers played with a broken thumb on his throwing hand. Love only came to relieve Rodgers against the Philadelphia Eagles when Rodgers’ injury was too severe to continue in the game. One would think the Packers would allow Rodgers the benefit of trying to earn his expensive salary by starting him unless the Packers were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.