Now that it’s been a few days, and the media has had its way with Aaron Rodgers, it’s time to actually break down the situation, or lack thereof. The big issue came when right after the loss when he stated his future was “uncertain” just like other players on the team. However, this is nothing new, Rodgers has been saying this all year. Nonetheless, all talk has ceased after Rodgers followed up on “The Pat McAfee Show” and other sources voiced their thoughts. Aaron Rodgers will be here in 2021, and possibly much longer.
Aaron Rodgers’s Comments
What better source than the man himself. Tuesday after the loss, Aaron Rodgers did what he always does. He joined “The Pat McAfee Show” and cleared the air. He simply expanded on what he meant when he said his future is “uncertain.” He was simply stating that he understands that his only leverage is his play and he “doesn’t think there’s any reason [he] wouldn’t be back.”
"I don't feel like I said anything that I hadn't said before.. It was just more of a realization I think that ultimately my future is not necessarily in my control…
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 26, 2021
Rodgers also shut down comments about him wanting an extension from Green Bay among other things. He wants to be a Packers but knows that his play is the only way he can assure the organization wants the same. Judging from 2020 there isn’t an organization in the NFL that would move on from Rodgers for a young quarterback if he’s playing the way he is.
“We’re not idiots. aaron rodgers will be back.”
Let’s be honest most of the doubt of his future comes from a certain draft pick made in 2020. However, it’s starting to look more and more like a leverage move by the Packers. It’s been reported that Love is far from ready and the pick may have been the Packers’ way of trying to have some leverage with Aaron’s future. Since then Aaron Rodgers is the presumptive MVP and may have regained some of that leverage. Green Bay will not move on from Rodgers if he continues to play at an MVP level next year as well. It’s actually more likely that Rodgers earns an extension and Love is traded just as the Patriots did with Jimmy Garappolo.
“Hell yeah, he better be back. He’s our leader.”
There’s no reason that any rumors should have even started considering the head coach himself shut it down the day of the game. He clearly expressed how he felt about Aaron Rodgers on the Packers. Matt LaFleur as a head coach knows more than anyone when it comes to whether Jordan Love is ready to play or not. The organization on every level knows Rodgers will be back next year. After the strides they made in year two, it’s hard to imagine this team moving on from Rodgers for Tim Boyle or Jordan Love.
The team has made it clear how it feels about Rodgers and it’s beginning to look like Jordan Love was an insurance policy in case Rodgers retired or was injured. The Pick gave the Packers some leverage but Rodgers is taking it back with his MVP season. The Packers organization will never move on from Rodgers so long as he’s playing in a fashion where he gives them the best chance to win. It’s very likely if Rodgers plays like this again next year he will come to an agreement on an extension. He has expressed his desire to be a Packer for life and only he can make that happen with his performance. All in all, one thing is certain, Aaron Rodgers will be a Packer in 2021.