Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers says he won’t take too long to make decision on 2022 season

Aaron Rodgers recently passed Brett Favre as the Packers‘ all-time career leader in touchdown passes. But unlike his predecessor, Rodgers does not plan to keep Packers fans waiting as he makes his future plans this offseason. 

Rodgers, whose tumultuous offseason with the Packers resulted in an adjustment contract upon his return to Green Bay, said on Wednesday that he hopes to make a quick decision on his plans for the 2022 season. While he is signed through the 2022 season, Rodgers and the Packers are slated to discuss his future with the franchise at the conclusion of the season. 

“I’m just savoring this year as much as anything, and it won’t be something that I’ll drag out for months and months, Rodgers said. “I’ll have conversations with my loved ones after the season, and with Brian [Gutekunst] and Mark [Murphy] and Russ [Ball] and the coaching staff and then make a decision at some point. I’m not going to hold the team back from anything. And once I commit, if it’s committing to move forward here, it will be a quick decision.” 

Rodgers said that he appreciates his improved relationship with Gutekunst that has included having more input on decisions that directly impact his position. Rodgers also spoke favorably of Packers coach Matt LaFleur, who has compiled a 40-11 overall record in his two-plus seasons in Green Bay. 

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“It’s been a good marriage of our personalities and philosophies,” Rodgers said of his relationship with LaFleur. “He did a good job of making me feel like what I brought to the table is important by blending the system in the first season. The first offseason, I think we made a bunch of strides in really whittling down some of the things — on both sides — I thought was great that might not fit the scheme and the personnel that we had and some of the stuff that he brought to the table that didn’t quite fit the personnel that we had and really honing in on the concepts and the ideas that we really were good at, I thought was great.”  

After consecutive NFC Championship Game losses, the Packers are currently 12-3 and would be the No. 1 seed in the NFC if the playoffs started this weekend. Rodgers is hoping to help win the franchise’s fifth Vince Lombardi Trophy and second since he succeeded Favre as the Packers’ starting quarterback in 2008. Rodgers quarterbacked the Packers to the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl title at the end of the 2010 season. 

At 38, Rodgers continues to play at a high level. The reigning league MVP has thrown 33 touchdowns and just four interceptions while completing 68% of his passes. Rodgers admitted that he is not 100% committed toward playing next season, but the fact that he is still playing at a high level will factor in his decision. 

“To still be able to play is important to me,” Rodgers said. “If this year has taught me anything, it’s that I can still can play, I still have a love for the game, I’m still super competitive and still enjoy the process of the week. … I still do love competing and I love being out there.” 

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