When Aaron Rodgers walked off the snow-covered area at Lambeau on Saturday evening, many understanably puzzled if it was the final time he’d be carrying inexperienced and gold.
The Packers, favorites to win Tremendous Bowl LVI heading into the divisional playoff spherical, had been surprised 13-10 by the 49ers.
Now, simply days eliminated, and a variety of uncertainty in Inexperienced Bay, the Packers entrance workplace, regardless of the loss, look to the long run in hopes of retaining their franchise QB.
On Monday, Head coach Matt LaFleur advised reporters that the Packers’ brass are “all on the identical web page… there isn’t any debate.”
Rodgers, who has been publicly at odds with basic supervisor Brian Gutekunst & Co., is taking time after the season to mull over his subsequent transfer.
Aaron Rodgers to reporters tonight: “I’m gonna take a while and have conversations with the parents round right here, after which take a while away and decide – clearly earlier than free company.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 23, 2022
He additionally added, “I do not need to be part of a rebuild if I’ll maintain enjoying.”
The shock of the season hasn’t but worn off the Packers, both. So, taking time and never making a snap determination is vital to all events.
And whereas the Packers head coach is tasked with how the workforce performs on the sphere, his capability to persuade Rodgers to remain in Inexperienced Bay could also be a very powerful activity of his profession.
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“I sat down and talked to Aaron right now for fairly a while,” LaFluer mentioned. “I might say that what we talked about I am undoubtedly going to maintain between him and myself, however we’re hopeful that he’ll be again subsequent 12 months, clearly. I imply, this man has completed a lot for such an extended time period for this group, for this metropolis, for this workforce.”
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It appears Rodgers’ future in Inexperienced Bay will hinge on the Packers’ willingness to permit the franchise QB to have involvement in personnel selections. That was the focus of frustration final offseason and it would not seem Rodgers mindset has modified.
The Packers have simply $44 million in cap house, second-lowest within the NFL behind the Saints.
Rodgers mentioned Saturday that his relationship with GM Gutekunst had improved, however the loss was too recent to ponder the long run. The 2 will possible meet someday this week.
And so, we wait– the lengthy offseason within the Frozen Tundra begins for the Packers and no matter determination the possible MVP will make.
“I simply need to do every part in our energy to attempt to get him again right here,” LaFluer mentioned, “Ensuring he is comfy with the course of our soccer workforce, and assured that we are able to proceed to have success right here, and attempt to discover a approach to get us type of over that hump so we are able to attain additional and additional and additional.”
“I need to be respectful of his course of. No matter he must undergo to make the most effective determination for himself, and positively we’d love for him to be a Packer and be a Packer till the day he decides to retire.”