For the first time since becoming the starter, the Green Bay Packers’ commitment to Aaron Rodgers came into question when the team drafted Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft. However, that was before Rodgers returned to an MVP-level last season. On Monday, the Packers’ starting quarterback appeared on The Pat McAfee Show and made some interesting comments about his play last year.
“All I can do is play my best, and last year I felt I did do that and may have thrown a wrench into some timelines that may have been thought about or desired,” said Rodgers.
When asked if he had heard anything about the media frenzy that has transpired this offseason in regards to his future with the team, Rodgers responded by saying nothing has really changed as far as his future in Green Bay. All along Rodgers has stated that everything remains uncertain, and that hasn’t changed even after winning his third MVP trophy at 37 years old.
“Ultimately, things haven’t really changed on that front,” he said.
After Rodgers’ performance in 2020, fans have balked at the idea of ever parting ways with Rodgers despite his heir apparently waiting on the bench.
When the Packers selected Love, Rodgers’ contract had him tied to Green Bay through the 2023 season. The team could obviously move on from the future Hall of Famer before then and transition to Love, but that will be much more difficult if he is still playing at a high level into his 40s.
Last season, Rodgers experienced a resurgence during his second year in Matt LaFleur’s offense, throwing for 4,299 yards and a career-high 48 touchdowns to just five interceptions. In total, Rodgers received 44 out of 50 potential first-place votes for 2020’s Most Valuable Player.
However, even after one of his best seasons, the Packers are non-committal to Rodgers. There might be some indication on how the team feels if they approached him about re-working his current contract, but there has been very little news about a restructure or extension that would either free up immediate cap space or tie him to Green Bay beyond 2023.
“My future, really, a lot of it’s out of my control,” Rodgers told McAfee. “That’s why I use a phrase like ‘beautiful mystery.’ Because it is quite uncertain which directions that things are going to go.”
If Rodgers continues to play at an MVP level, in theory, that is how he can regain some of the control he feels he has lost.
When CEO Mark Murphy appeared on The 5th Quarter Show on WNFL in Green Bay back in January, “We’re not idiots” were the words he used when asked about possibly moving on from Rodgers. However, based on his comments, Rodgers remains skeptical about finishing his career with the Packers, and the front office is determined to give Love a fair chance.
Rodgers could very well be a large part of the team’s future over the next few years, or Love may be the franchise quarterback as soon as 2022. The only guarantees Packers fans can cling to is that there are no guarantees in this business.
Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.