Aaron Rodgers may have a decision on his future sooner than you think.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback enters an offseason of uncertainty and said on Tuesday that “everything is on the table” during an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show.
“There are things that seem more plausible or likely which I won’t get into,” he said. “The most important thing is first the commitment to playing – and going into the offseason and training – and after that it’s conversations with my agent and [Packers GM] Brian [Gutekunst] and looking at the desires of the team and the mindset moving forward and make a decision from there.”
That decision could come as early as next month, too.
Unlike last offseason, which was filled with speculation if he would actually play for the Packers leading into training camp, Rodgers would like to avoid dragging things out past free agency, which begins March 16, but also noted the franchise tag deadline.
“I’d like to be respectful of the organization,” Rodgers said. “One decision that will be upcoming will be obviously Davante [Adams] and his future with the team. There stil is this thing called a franchise tag, which I don’t think ‘17’ wants the franchise.”
Adams is an unrestricted free agent and the Packers could choose to franchise tag him beginning on Feb. 22 but no later than March 8. What they decided to do with Adams, one of the best receivers in the game, could factor into the direction Rodgers wants to go.
“I think that should be enough time to make a decision by then,” he said. I don’t want to put myself on a specific date, but I do want to be sensitive to Davante and many other guys who have decisions to make on their own futures. To drag it out past free agency would be disrespectful to the organization and to those guys, and that 100 percent will not happen.”
One thing Rodgers, 38, made clear that would not happen would be to retire for a season and return in 2023.
“I don’t have any desire to do that,” he said. “That makes no sense.”
However, retirement is indeed still a part of “everything on the table.”
“I don’t have a fear of retirement,” he said. “I felt that during the offseason, so there’s not any fear around it. The uncertainty is not unsettling at all. It’s almost exciting thinking about what life is going to look like moving forward.”