NFL Analyst Explains Aaron Rodgers Potential Change of Heart Regarding Leaving the Green Bay Packers

Published 01/27/2021, 1:30 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


It is a tough time to be a Green Bay Packers fan. Having to watch your team lose yet another NFC championship game, this time to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. And then, after the game, star quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he isn’t sure if he will return to the team next season – only for him to backtrack a few days later. It has been an emotional roller coaster for Packers fans.

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NFL analyst Ian Rapoport tried to explain Aaron Rodgers’ frame of mind over the past few days. He noted that Rodgers dismissing rumors of him leaving Green Bay are not unfounded.

Rodgers himself made the statement that he was not aware of what the future holds for him, and shouldn’t be shocked at the reaction.

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He said, “He talked after the game and opened the door a little bit. Rodgers scoffed on the Pat McAfee show about all the people speculating about his future.

“His words were one of the reasons we were speculating. Which is fine, because as Aaron Rodgers mentioned yesterday – sometimes people are not used to hearing the truth from some of these athletes.” 

He justified Rodgers making the statements he did after the game. Rapoport believes that it is normal for people to get caught up in the high stakes and emotion, but athletes do their best to refrain from it.

However, he did question why Rodgers was so quick to change his stance about his future with the Packers.

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Rapoport did note that Rodgers is possibly not looking to move. But him being so straightforward, yet coy at the same time with the franchise does mean something. Rapoport speculated about the possibility that Rodgers is looking to extend his contract with the team.

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He concluded, “…McAfee also asked Rodgers if there’s a contract situation here and Rodgers basically said I’m not going to just say, ‘Goodbye Green Bay, I’ll talk to you during the season’. There’s a conversation to be had, perhaps Rodgers wants to be tied a little further into the future.”

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

Will Aaron Rodgers leave Green Bay? It appears as though even he is unsure about his future at the moment. After going back and forth on such a big decision in the span of days, it appears as though Rodgers knows something we don’t, or he is equally unsure about 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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