Rodgers was clearly distraught following the 49ers’ walk off, 13-10 win, and he largely deferred questions about his future until after he’d had time to collect his thoughts more. He did, however, deliver an eye-opening response when asked if he could still win a Super Bowl with the Packers.
“I don’t know. That’s a fair question,” he said via Ian Rapoport. “Definitely one I’ve thought about. But there are a lot of decisions to be made. Key players, a lot of guys who played tonight… so many guys whose contracts are up or on the brink or salary cap stuff. So, a lot of decisions to be made. I don’t want to be part of a rebuild if I’m going to keep playing. So a lot of decisions in the next couple of months.”
Rodgers’ own contract has cap hit of over $46 million in 2022, which is also the final year of his deal. In order to lower it, the team would either have to trade him, which is on the table, or extend him. He also admitted falling short in the playoffs yet again could not help but play a role in his decision.
“Of course it does,” he replied. “But you know there are a lot of decisions to be made, a lot of players whose futures are up in the air. Definitely will be interesting to see which way some of those decisions go. But I’ll have conversations with Brian in the next week or so and get a little bit more clarity. And think about my own future and how much longer I want to keep doing this.”
Packers HC Matt LaFleur made it clear that the team would love to have Rodgers back in 2022.
“Certainly, we want him back here,” LaFleur said. “I think we’d be crazy not to want him back here. He’s going to be the two-time MVP. This guy does so much for our football team. No only what you guys see on Sundays or every game day, but what he does in that locker room. How he leads. I just know what he puts into this thing. And certainly, I’m extremely disappointed that we couldn’t get over the hump, for not only him, but for everybody in that locker room.”
Last offseason was completely insane for the Packers as Rodgers reportedly demanded a trade and stopped all communication with the team until they finally figured things out. He viewed this past season as a potential “Last Dance.”
The 38-year-old played in all 16 games last year and passed for 4,115 yards, 37 touchdowns and four interceptions.
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