Now that Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers failed to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2018 season, the focus turns to the offseason. In past years we’ve heard all about Rodgers considering his various options. Whether it’s opting to retire, or join a different team via trade, Rodgers seems to re-evaluate his options each offseason.
After an unsuccessful season that saw the Packers get on a four-game winning streak late in the year, only to finish 8-9 and just miss the postseason, some are wondering if Rodgers is headed for a breakup from the only NFL team he’s ever played for.
With over a week passing since his season ended, Rodgers has had a bit of time to ponder his future. On Tuesday, the four-time NFL MVP addressed his playing status while making an appearance on ‘The Pat McAfee Show’.
“I think you have a feeling, where you’re leaning, but there’s a lot of things that come into play. I just need some time right now. I’m either all-in or I’m out.”Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on his playing future
Now 39 years old, Rodgers did indicate that he feels he can still play at an elite level, whether it’s in Green Bay or another NFL destination.
Aaron Rodgers’ options are limited and complicated
It’s worth noting that Rodgers is under contract with the Packers for four more seasons. In 2023, Rodgers is set to have a $31 million cap hit.
While it’s unlikely the Packers would be ready to release their starting quarterback of the past 15 seasons, if they did cut Rodgers, it would incur a whopping $99 million in penalties to their salary cap.
Basically, the only way Rodgers doesn’t play for the Packers next season is if he either decides to retire or can convince the Packers’ front office to trade him, which also would penalize the team $99M. If both parties determine a trade is best, Rodgers would obviously have to agree to a contract restructure first to avoid placing such a heavy burden on their 2023 budget.
But based on Rodgers’ comments, he’s not ready to make a decision on his playing future just yet.