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Stephen A. Smith pleads for Aaron Rodgers to retire instead of rejoin the Packers

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With nothing new on the Aaron Rodgers front pertaining to his future with the Green Bay Packers, the next target date would appear to be training camp, set for July 28. If Rodgers shows up, it’s a sign that he is willing to suit up for Green Bay this year. If he doesn’t show up, the trade rumors will gain even more steam.

One avenue that has been brought up just a pinch is the option for Rodgers to just walk away and retire. It seems far-fetched given that he’s coming off an MVP season that had the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. But, stranger things have happened before. And it’s the retirement route that ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith would prefer Rodgers to take, instead of going back to Green Bay.

On Monday’s edition of “First Take” on ESPN, Stephen A. Smith had a bold take when it came to Rodgers’ future with the Packers.

This thought has been echoed this offseason on different platforms as many believe Green Bay has botched how they should’ve treated their star quarterback over the last couple of seasons.

When Green Bay lost to the 49ers in the NFC Championship two years ago, many believed the Packers were another really good wide receiver away from taking the next step. Instead, general manager Brian Gutekunst and Co. drafted Jordan Love, a quarterback, in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. While Rodgers has said his frustrations don’t stem from them drafting Love, it certainly hasn’t helped matters.

Now, with training camp inching closer, some like Stephen A. Smith would prefer Rodgers to hang up the cleats altogether before giving Green Bay another chance.