Aaron Rodgers drops truthful take on thought of early retirement
At age 37 and coming off and MVP season, the hope for the Green Bay Packers is that quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants to stick around for the long haul. In this “new age” of the NFL, quarterbacks careers have been extended out quite a distance. Drew Brees just retired at age 42, Philip Rivers is hanging up the cleats at 39 and quarterbacks like Tom Brady (43) and Ben Roethlisberger (39) are proving to still have plenty of gas left in the tank. Rodgers wants to keep the trend going.
Rodgers says he’s intrigued by Barry Sanders early retirement, but “That’s not what I want do. I want to keep playing.”
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) April 6, 2021
Take a sigh of relief Packers fans. Rodgers has never steered the opposite of this direction, noting multiple times in the past that he has a desire to play into his 40’s. So while the news isn’t surprising this time around, it provides more clarity for the Packers especially after Rodgers noted his interest in hosting Jeopardy.
This offseason has been a staring match at times it would appear between Rodgers and the Packers front office. While Rodgers would like stability with a contract restructure or extension that he absolutely deserves after an MVP season, the Packers have been reluctant. Under normal circumstances nobody would bat an eye with the assumption that something would be worked out. But after Green Bay traded up to draft Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, who knows what the future hold past 2021 for Rodgers and Green Bay.
Selecting Love has put the Packers in somewhat of a pickle, a move that was completely self-inflicted by Green Bay. It has led Rodgers to refer to his future in Green Bay on a couple of occasions as a “beautiful mystery.”
One thing that is certain after Rodgers most recent remarks, he plans to keep on playing for a long time.