Rodgers: Finishing Career With Packers May Not Be Realistic

The Packers shocked the NFL world by trading up for Jordan Love. While Aaron Rodgers is under contract through 2023, his status with the Packers looks to have changed.

Although the two-time MVP understands Green Bay’s move, he now concedes he was “not thrilled” and that finishing his career with the Packers may no longer be in the cards. The 36-year-old quarterback still wants to play into his 40s.

As much as I feel confident in my abilities and what I can accomplish and what we can accomplish, there are some new factors that are out of my control. And so my sincere desire to start and finish with the same organization, just as it has with many other players over the years, may not be a reality at this point,” Rodgers said, via ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky, while adding that the Love pick did surprise him.

And as much as I understand the organization’s future outlook and wanting to make sure they’re thinking about the team now and down the line — and I respect that — at the same time, I still believe in myself and have a strong desire to play into my 40s. And I’m just not sure how that all works together at this point.”

Brett Favre said recently he no longer expects Rodgers to finish his career in Green Bay. The Packers executed one of the best baton passes in NFL history when they gave Rodgers the reins in 2008, but they have been the exception. Since Rodgers was selected in the 2005 first round, only two first-round quarterbacks — Brady Quinn and Jake Locker — did not start games as rookies. Rodgers staying healthy this season would almost certainly add Love to that list, but if the Packers do not turn things over to Love at some point during his rookie contract, they would fail to reap perhaps the top roster-building benefit the modern NFL offers.

In his first season with Matt LaFleur, Rodgers’ QBR figure dropped to a career-low 50.4 — 20th in the league — but the Packers still advanced to the NFC championship game. Green Bay would absorb a $31.6MM in dead money by moving on from Rodgers after 2020. In 2022, that number drops to $17.2MM.

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73 comments on “Rodgers: Finishing Career With Packers May Not Be Realistic

      • brewcrew08

        Nervous packers fan? What is the benefit to keeping a 40 year old Rodgers? He only threw 25 TD’s last year. He’s my favorite QB of all time but he’s not worth a 40M cap hold especially if he declines slightly each of the next 2-3 years.

        • ortsacnilrats

          You need to seriously take a seat. A perennial pro bowler has earned that money. Try being a Bears fan. Packers fans are so entitled.

          • brewcrew08

            Sorry the packers know how to draft? I’m not sure what you want me to say? Lol. With the salary cap most likely going down in 2021 and 2022 due to lost revenue it makes zero sense to pay Rodgers 40M per at age 38. Packers have to resign guys like jones, Clark, D-Bak, Adams (2 years), Alexander, King. Can’t do that with Rodgers taking up 15% of your cap. If he goes back to throwing 35-40 TD a season of course you keep him. If he throws low 20’s the next 2 years why would you keep that? Just like they did with favre and it worked. Sorry you’re a salty bears fan

            • ortsacnilrats

              He’s singlehandedly kept your team relevant the last decade. $40M to a guy that you know gives you a shot at the playoffs and an SB is more than worth it I can’t wait til you truly know how volatile the QB position can be.

              • brewcrew08

                Rodgers didn’t get us to the playoffs last year. He was 20th in QBR last year and threw for 4000 yards (11th), 26TD (10th), rating (12th), completion % (21st). He was slightly better than middle of the pack last year. Packers were 13-3 because of Jones and their defense.

                • ortsacnilrats

                  You can think that all you want. Fact of the matter is he doesn’t turn the back over and he just simply makes plays. You’re an idiot if you think otherwise.

                  • Is it really necessary to call someone an idiot for giving their opinion? Can’t you just state your thoughts without having to act like an internet tough guy?

                • Ak185

                  Peyton Manning took the Broncos to a Super Bowl win with 26 INTs and a “deep ball” that went about as far as a dollar store water gun. Despite his lack of numbers or arm strength, there was a significant and noticeable difference between him and Osweiler running the offense. A quarterback’s value is not only in his stats (no player’s is, for that matter).

                  Aaron Rodgers got to the top third of the league in passing with one real target all year and ran the offense. He is not the reason by himself that the Packers got to the championship game, but they certainly could not have gotten there asking just anyone to run that offense.

                • Phattey

                  That defense gave up one of the top rushing performances in nfl history to a guy who looks like he a high school senior track star

                • While I certainly cannot argue that Rodgers has been in decline, as a Packer fan I would really like to see what he could do with some talent at WR/TE (aside from Adams, obviously) at this stage of his career.

        • Ironman_4life

          Tom Brady after age 40 has more hardware in the cabinet than Rodgers before age 40.

    • Afk711

      Only diva is you who always has something negative to say about every QB article they have.

      • dynamite drop in monty

        Don’t give this barnacle any material to work w, away from keyboard 711

  1. madtitan

    Only a terrible journalist would get that take out of what he said. You guys need to find something real to report

  2. dave frost nhlpa

    Trade him now and complete the rebuild. You haven’t won a SB in how long? 10 years. By the time you win your next one,Aaron won’t be there. Trade him while the value is high. Surprised Bill hasn’t called.

    • ron swanson

      Can’t do anything for 2 years. Cap hit would be astronomical if they trade him before then.

        • saint

          Rct… Sure 19 mil this season and then 31 the next. That 51 mill doesn’t just magically disappear.

          • Yep, you’re right. Read that wrong. It would just be spread out if they waited until after June 1.

    • afsooner02

      Yes that super long 10 year drought…..meanwhile in cinci, Detroit, Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami….etc

    • A great majority of NFL teams haven’t won a Super Bowl in the last 10 years. That’s how it goes when the Patriots are winning it every other year. Kinda hard to blame Rodgers for that

  3. burrow_is_a_bust

    The guy is the most arrogant guy can’t get along with anyone players, coaches,his family and most prob won’t get along with love. Feel bad for his danicka Patrick tht has to live with him in quarantine suprised she didn’t run away yet

    • qbert1996

      So you know Rodgers personally? You know his history with his family as well as his former coaches and teammates? He has a right to be arrogant if he wants too. He’s won a Super Bowl and carried the Packers for years meanwhile you are just an internet troll looking for attention

      • We all just need to ignore “Burrow is a bust”. He’s clearly just looking for attention like a 5 year old. Every one of his comments, and his screen name, are negative and weak attempts at trolling.

        • Ironman_4life

          Burrow is not a bust. Hes already got a spot in Canton with Kyler, Manziel, Tebow, Trubisky and all the other guys put in Canton before they ever play.

  4. JJB0811

    What happened to the Pack’s stock after the draft? Doesn’t matter, you can’t profit off owning them!

    • Not the point of owning Packers stock, and I don’t know anyone who has ever considered it as such. It’s about being a fan and supporting the team, much like jerseys, posters and bumper stickers.

  5. Simmons>Russ

    Love the Nervous Packers fans claims.
    He’s 36 now and soon he will be 40.
    He hasn’t had a QBR of less than 90 since 2006.

    “He only had 26 TDs last year”
    Since when was 26 TDs a bad thing?
    I mean that’s still top 10 in TDs

    Heck 70% of the rest of the NFL teams would love to have him on their team and packers fans act like he’s no good. Sweet come here then.

    And frankly if I’m Aaron Rodgers I want to help train Jordan Love really quickly and don’t care what I play like on the field cause the quicker Love is ready and the worse Rodgers looks the quicker he’s out of there.

    Imagine Rodgers replacing Rivers on the Colts next season, or Rodgers replacing Taylor on the Chargers next season being in LA, or replacing Brees on the Saints next season, or replacing Brady on the Buccs in 2 seasons, or replacing Prescott on the Cowboys next season.
    Rodgers if he gets given the chance to leave doesn’t need to sign for a big deal he can pick which team has the best weapons, is most likely to make the playoffs and where can he win some rings.

    • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

      Are you suggesting that Rodgers having a lousy season would make him attractive to more teams??

      • So your telling me an older HOF QB that had a lousy season and mentions he needs some offensive skill players would be completely unwanted. Especially one that has proven year in and year out to put the team on their back to carry the team to a win.

      • TJECK109

        Lol you want to help Love? And suck it up to get out? Where in the world does it say that Love will ever be successful in the NFL? Just because he took the same path as Rodgers did? Man talking about anointing a guy before he even signs his contract

        • Simmons>Russ

          No I said Rodgers should help Love look good and Rodgers play bad so that they he can get himself out of that team

      • Simmons>Russ

        No, it makes him less attractive to the Packers, doesn’t make him look good but it helps him get out.

    • ortsacnilrats

      ^this. Seriously some Packers fans need to get a clue. The odds are that Love becomes Rodgers simply because they had the same “path” is laughable. It’s unreal how spoiled they’ve become as Packer fans. Since 1991 they’ve had HOF QB play and now that’s become an expectation. I can’t wait for them to realize how fortunate they’ve had it.

      • brewcrew08

        No one is saying love becomes Rodgers. The likelihood of going 3 straight HOF QB’s in a row isn’t likely at all. However, Rodgers was 20th in QBR in 2019 and 16th in 2018. He’s had under 100 rating 3 of his last 4 years (career average 102.4). Great he doesn’t throw picks and I love him for that but 50 TD’s in his last 2 years isn’t going to cut it. It makes no sense from a financial stand point to pay Rodgers 40M per season to be what top 10-15 production in 2 years? Heck even if love is 20th out QB’s in production he’s only making 4M per year! That 36M is legit 4-5 other studs on the roster.

        • “However, Rodgers was 20th in QBR in 2019 and 16th in 2018. He’s had under 100 rating 3 of his last 4 years (career average 102.4). Great he doesn’t throw picks and I love him for that but 50 TD’s in his last 2 years isn’t going to cut it.”

          And yet they went 13-3 and Rodgers put up those numbers despite having no weapons aside from Adams.

          In 2018, Adams had 111 catches, the aging Jimmy Graham had 55, and the rest of the receiving corps was composed of awful scrubs (5th round pick Valdes-Scantling, injured Randall Cobb, Geronimo Allison, Equanimeous St. Brown, Allen Lazard). Tied for 2nd in WR catches with 38 was both Cobb and V-S.

          The Packers responded by not making a single improvement to their receiving corps, only now Cobb was gone and Graham was even older and worse. So in 2019, Adams had 83 catches and the next highest actual WR was Allen Lazard with 35.

          Aaron Rodgers is fantastic and still playing at a high level. He just has no weapons to speak of, and the Packers seem hellbent on giving him none. Diggs and Watson were on the trade market and the draft was loaded with receivers but again, they’ve made no improvements to their receiving corps.

          I say all this as a Giants fan who doesn’t even care about the Packers. Y’all are spoiled. It’s not Rodgers’s fault. He’s a Super Bowl-caliber QB that gets no help from his front office.

          • The only thing is that the 13-3 record was a mirage. The could have (and probably deserved to) finished 9-7 or 8-8 just as easily.

      • brewcrew08

        OR they drafted well and Love turns into a Prescott type QB? Just like everyone saying that packers fans are assuming love is the next Rodgers how about the other way around?

        • DarkSide830

          Prescott was drafted in the 4th round, and while that was something of a steal, you dont need to use a 1st to get that caliber of a QB. and if Prescott is your goal in this era than your set up for mediocrity.

          • brewcrew08

            So by your argument Rodgers was below mediocre last year? Dak had more TD, more yards, better QBR and a better rating. Rodgers is getting by with his name now. He’s my favorite QB of all time but he’s not even close to what he once was.

            • Simmons>Russ

              Dak also went 8-8 and had Zeke Cooper Cobb and Gallup.
              Rodgers has Jones and Adams and made the playoffs …

              • ortsacnilrats

                Seriously Brewcrew, get a clue man. I’m starting to think ‘08 is your birth year and you are just too young to understand/remember any time the Packers didn’t have a HOF QB. It’s insane.

                • brewcrew08

                  I’m a packers fan and they easily could’ve been a 9-7 team last year. Honestly should’ve lost to Detroit twice. I was actually born in 89’ and I’m a realist. Rodgers is only going to continue to decline and if his numbers are middle of the pack now where will they be in 2-3-4 years? You can’t even argue the numbers. The numbers are the numbers. He’s a great game manager who won’t lose you games but he’s getting to the point in his career where he won’t win you many either.

                • brewcrew08

                  Ortsacnilrats since you’re an arm chair GM when would you draft Rodgers potential replacement then? Packers are never bad enough to pick in the top 10-12 of drafts so stud QB’s will never be there for them. If they think love is the future why wouldn’t you get him?

                  • ortsacnilrats

                    Because it wasn’t a need and you have the pieces in place to make a SB run which is the ultimate goal. And they’re never bad enough to pick in the top 10-12 because of Aaron Rodgers. You see that, right?

    • SvenMo92

      How are we nervous? We don’t suck at drafting and developing like the Browns, Bears, and Lions..

  6. Wade Herbers

    If he’s as good as he thinks he is why does he care ( other than they could have drafted him a WR)…..

    • brewcrew08

      Packers were 13-3 last year and we added funchess, Dillon and deguara. Plus had addition by subtraction losing graham and Allison and get Eq St Brown back. Our defense won the packers games last year. Rodgers “lighting it up” for 25TD and 4000 yards (worse than cousins) wasn’t.

      • Funchess is not good and missed almost all of last season. Eq St. Brown is also not good and missed all of last season. Deguara is a late 3rd round pick and will likely not set the world on fire and may not even be an upgrade over Graham. Dillon was a late 2nd round pick who caught a grand total of 21 passes in his entire college career.

        Acting like these are weapons is sad. Packers have done nothing to help Rodgers.

        • Ak185

          Also a luxury pick considering the presence of Sternberger and the obvious gap at WR.

        • brewcrew08

          So funchess isn’t good because he was hurt? If that’s the reason for your argument then anyone who missed last season isn’t good right? Funchess had 12 TD, over 100 receptions and over 1300 yards the two years prior to his injury and he’s only 26.

          For the longest time the packers offense was elite. Talking heads were calling for “you have to get Rodgers a defense”. That’s exactly what Gute did. Now “Rodgers doesn’t have any weapons”. You’re not going to be elite everywhere does no one understand that?

        • SvenMo92

          Coaches believe in EQ, Jace, the running game, and Deguara..but you don’t..you don’t matter.

  7. thebeaver13

    The bar they’ve set for Love is Aaron Rodgers. NO WAY he lives up to that expectation. We needed offensive weapons. Someone to be a receiving threat outside of Adams. That’s what the packers needed. Not a could be decent QB three years from now. I get it if Love was a cant miss franchise QB. He’s not.

    • cubsnomore

      An intelligent Packers fan. Aren’t Rodgers numbers down because they purposefully decided they needed to run more? I thought the run game was considered substandard and they wanted to even out the offense.

      • Appalachian_Outlaw

        The hotshot new coach there wanted to run more, which I also think is why they purposely didn’t bring in any WRs. It’s a power play, and he’s flexing.

        It always cracks me up when baby head coaches taste a sip of success and think they’re something. You got a HoF QB, and now the goal is to chase him off to prove you’re the boss? Lol. When this coach crashes, it’s going to be a hilarious disaster.

        • cubsnomore

          If your power play is right this team is going down fast. It reminds me of the Rams coach that everyone thought was the next big thing. Teams adjust to success, then you find out who the real coaches are.

  8. jessaumodesto

    Would do everything possible to trade him for Jacksonville’s 1st round pick next year

  9. DarkSide830

    ive always thought he gets ranked too high among active QBs, but theres no denying this franchise hates him. took them too long to replace their HC and still may not have then solution. meanwhile Rodgers must carry the team out of sheer force of will as his surrounding talent dwindles and they draft a terrible QB instead of help for him. id demand a trade ASAP.

    • bdpecore

      Please explain how the Packers hate their HOF QB. Rodgers has always been protected by an O-Line with at least a couple pro bowl caliber players (i.e. Clifton, Tauscher, Wells, Sitton, Lang, Bak, Bulaga, Linsley and soon enough Jenkins).

      They have drafted plenty of offensive skill players in the first three rounds since 2008 (J. Nelson, J. Finley, Alex Green, R. Cobb, E. Lacy, D. Adams, R. Rodgers, T. Montgomery, J. Sternberger, AJ Dillon and J. Deguara) along with signing free agents like J. Jones, J. Cook, M. Bennett and J. Graham to fill specific needs. Mind you not all of these draft picks and GA signings worked out but the fact they made these moves shows the front office has continuously worked to surround Rodgers with quality players.

  10. bdpecore

    Let’s make one thing perfectly clear. Rodgers will not be going anywhere for at least two years since his dead cap hit would be severely detrimental to the Packers.

    That said, I think most people are coming to two distinct conclusions:
    1. Rodgers is disgruntled and wants out of Green Bay which he has never said and to the contrary expressed his desire to finish his career in Green Bay.

    2. Love will be ready to step in come year 3 and Rodgers will be traded away to save on cap space which is also a stretch considering he has a significant amount of work to put in before he will ever be considered capable of replacing Rodgers as the Packers starter.

    I agree with many posters who believe a significant number of Packers fans have grown accustomed to having an elite QB under center and over time have taken it for granted. Like another poster mentioned, at least 70% of NFL GMs would welcome this “declining” version of Rodgers leading their teams. So let’s not jump the gun on downplaying his importance to this team’s success last season or moving forward. There is a distinct possibility the addition of Dillon was made with the intention to take more pressure off of Rodgers and allowing him more time in the pocket by increasing the number of play action snaps. Guys like Mercedes Lewis and Josiah Deguara can also provide Rodgers with more time in the pocket and by releasing late another target when extending plays with his legs.

    All in all, it’s way too early to start debating how this situation is going to play out but since we all have extra free time on our hands due to this pandemic it’s being discussed ad nauseam.

  11. dmzeng1970

    I think that it is time to give this story the door. Rogers doesn’t need nor want to be continually reminded that he might have a successor, no one EVEN knows whether Jordan Love will EVEN pan out as an NFL quarterback! To keep talking about it sounds like you are pushing Rogers out the door! He is the guy to lead us to more Super Bowl wins, NOT Jordan Love!

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