Asking Aaron Rodgers the same question over and over and expecting a different answer is the literal definition of insanity. And yet, the media continues to ask the Green Bay Packers quarterback about his future even though the answer remains the same. In all honestly, Rodgers doesn’t know what will happen in the next few years. After the team selected quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, it opened up pandora’s box of possibilities.
“I don’t know what the future holds,” Rodgers said in Zoom call with reporters on Monday. “I know I can control this year and my play and my approach and my attitude.”
Since Love’s selection, Rodgers has been honest with his feelings about the pick. He didn’t love the pick, but he is willing to face the reality of it. Rodgers was in a similar predicament when the team selected him in 2005 to be the eventual replacement for Brett Favre. After a brief retirement, Favre continued to playing career with both the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings.
Rodgers has always said he would love to retire as a Packer, but if the team wants to move on before he wishes to hang up his cleats, then playing elsewhere becomes a real possibility.
“If I retire on the team’s timeline, then all is well,” he said. “But if they’re looking to move on before I’m ready to be done playing, there’s an impasse at that point.”
This is not the first time Rodgers has had to take a firm stance on a repeated question. In the past, he’s had to address comments from former teammates about leadership and also outside speculation about his relationship with current and former head coaches. Rodgers is only human, so it’s not hard to see why he may get frustrated with repeating himself constantly.
Hopefully, the questions about Rodgers’ future will stop. He is still under contract for four more years and remains one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. I don’t see that changing anytime soon, and neither does head coach Matt LaFleur who said this week that he sees Rodgers being in Green Bay for a “really long time,” per Matt Schneidman of The Athletic.
For whatever reason, even when it comes from the horse’s mouth, the speculation is still there.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. He has covered the Packers for over five years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.