NFL Analyst Breaks Down Aaron Rodgers Press Conference and What His Future Could Hold

Published 01/25/2021, 2:53 PM EST
Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) during the third quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Aaron Rodgers suffered a disappointing loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rodgers lost another NFC championship game, now leaving him with a 1-4 record. It was a poor game from the Green Bay Packers, who squandered one of their best opportunities to reach the Super Bowl in years.

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Aaron Rodgers spoke to the press after the game and revealed that he is contemplating his future. NFL analyst Adam Schefter spoke on Get Up about what Rodgers’ comments really mean. He believes that Rodgers was unhappy with the drafting of rookie Jordan Love, and may want to leave. But the Packers have him tied down to a long-term contract, which could complicate matters.

“We know that he was not particularly enthralled with the team’s selection of Jordan Love. We know that he’s at the point of his career where clearly he’s frustrated with these playoff defeats. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. He’s under contract to the Green Bay Packers for three more seasons. So they control him for three more seasons.” 

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However, Schefter noted that there is one way Aaron Rodgers can leave the packers – an ultimatum. If he tells the franchise that he will retire from the team if they don’t trade him, the Packers may have no choice but to oblige. If they don’t, they run the risk of losing Rodgers without getting anything in return for him.

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Adam noted, “Unless Aaron Rodgers says I’m not going to play there anymore, I’m going to retire. I’m going to go rogue here and force my way out of there, and I want to be traded, let’s just say, to Southern California, where I own a home 20 minutes away from the Rams facility. Or I want to be traded to the Bay Area where my football career started.”

Will Aaron Rodgers call time with Green Bay?

Schefter added that perhaps Aaron Rodgers just wants to take a step back from the chaos to re-evaluate his options. But there is a possibility that he calls time on his career with the Packers. However, he did clarify that the Packers are not in control of his future just because they have a long-term contract with him.

“I’m just telling you that was an unusual press conference. There were a lot of emotions and he has to take some time and step back and figure out what he wants to do. And people think the Packers control him, when in fact, Aaron Rodgers can flip it rather quickly by saying ‘I’m not going to play there, or I’m not going to play anymore – trade me’. That would be his option.” 

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Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the first quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

He added, “I’m not telling you he going to that. I’m just telling you there is a lot of different ways this can go during the course of the off-season. But that was a highly emotional loss and he, I think wants to step back, clear his head and do what he wants to do going forward.”

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Could the NFC championship game have been the end of Aaron Rodgers as a Green Bay Packer? Rodgers has been one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise and has done everything in his power to elevate the franchise. At the very least, he should have the power to decide his future.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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