Aaron Rodgers faces an uncertain future with the Packers as they await his decision on his playing career. He may retire, or may another year, but reports have the Green Bay Packers ready to trade him elsewhere.
The Jets have been rumored to have interest in the four-time NFL MVP. But former Giants running back Tiki Barber didn’t mince words when he stated that Rodgers wouldn’t make it in New York.
During a Wednesday segment of WFAN’s Tiki and Tierney, Barber expressed doubts that Rodgers could deal with the New York media should he get traded there.
“If he is that sensitive that he gets upset that people, reporters, opinion-makers, influencers, whoever, want to talk about him, he is going to struggle in New York. And I don’t know if it’s the right fit for him,” Barber said. “I don’t know if I want him in New York if this is going to be his reaction to things that don’t matter.”
“If Aaron Rodgers doesn’t want people talking about him, talking about his offseason, talking about his personal life, talking about all these things that are going on with Aaron Rodgers, he needs to stop talking.”
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Barber spent his entire 10-year playing career with the Giants from 1997-2006.
Rodgers’s plan to experience a four-day darkness retreat also got an opinion from Barber.
“When you go, and you do something that feels odd to normal society—which is going to sit in a cabin in the woods for four days in complete sensory isolation, [the media is] gonna talk about it,” Barber said. “You have to. It’s our job too. And for him to get offended by that, he’s not going to handle the intensity of the New York mediascape—that’s obviously traditional media, social, and everything else—if he’s here.”
Joe Namath was an early advocate of the idea and even offered to let Rodgers wear his long-retired number 12. The Jets, who hired former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett for the same role, have reportedly reached out to the Packers to gauge their interest in a trade.
The Jets appear to be a team that is just a QB away from being a serious contender. Aaron Rodgers could be that guy. If it happens, he would go the same route as Brett Favre, who also played for the Jets.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.