Aaron Rodgers is once again telling everyone to R-E-L-A-X.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback had everyone in a frenzy following Sunday’s NFC Championship loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs when he “a lot of guys’ futures, they’re uncertain, including myself.”
On Tuesday, ProFootballTalk reported that Rodgers wanted a new contract, further fueling the speculation that his time in Green Bay is done.
But the 37-year-old seemed to put the brakes on that narrative while appearing on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
“After the season that I had, potentially winning an MVP, we made another good run, I don’t think there’s any reason I wouldn’t be back,” Rodgers said. “But, there’s not many absolutes in this business. To make an absolute statement about something that isn’t an absolute, I didn’t do it, and I guess that’s why it went kinda nuts.”
Rodgers said he was kind of surprised by the reaction to his comments, but clarified that, in the moment, he was thinking how it’s no sure thing some of his teammates would be back and that his future was not in his control either.
“I don’t feel like I said anything that I hadn’t said before,” Rodgers said. “I said it the first time I talked to the media, it was just more of a realization I think that ultimately my future is not necessarily in my control.”
Rodgers continued to reiterate that the nature of business as a professional athlete, especially in the NFL, is that the future is never really in the players’ hands, but did admit to envisioning his career finishing with the Packers.
“There’s times you let your mind go, ‘I’m going to be a Packer for life,’” he added. “Naturally, you dream about that. That’s kinda like a dream scenario … I think when the [Packers] drafted Jordan [Love] that was reality kicking in. There are no absolutes in this business. I think it’s a beautiful thing to sit with and wrap your head around.”