Aaron Rodgers is aware that there is a deadline for his offseason decision, according to an interview he gave at a charity event on Saturday.
During the interview with former Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Rodgers mentioned that he would decide soon whether to stay with the Packers, retire, or ask for a trade. The Jets appear to be the leading contender for his services, as Rodgers recently met with team owner Woody Johnson, general manager Joe Douglas, head coach Robert Saleh, and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett in California.
“It’s always interesting meeting important figures in the sport,” Rodgers said to the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast when asked about meeting Johnson. “It’s always interesting. That’s all I’m giving. That’s all I’m giving you.”
When pushed by Marshall on whether Tribeca or Brooklyn could serve as a potential landing spot, Rodgers simply said, “stay tuned.”
Based on Green Bay president and CEO Mark Murphy’s comments at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association girls state basketball tournament on Friday, it appears that a trade involving Aaron Rodgers has become the most probable outcome. Murphy suggested that if things don’t work out as they want them to, Jordan Love could take over the starting quarterback position in 2023, implying that the Packers are content with that scenario.
“We’re very appreciative of what Aaron has meant to the team and the organization,” Murphy said Friday. “We want to be respectful and also help him achieve what he wants.”
Rodgers has spent the entire offseason trying to figure that out, too. He embarked on a darkness retreat, emerged and then met with the Jets. Rodgers told Marshall that plant medicine has allowed the 39-year-old to “feel more present, more love for myself and more love for my people, my teammates, my loved ones.”
Rodgers added that he has faced a feeling of being misunderstood, too
“But I feel disassociated with needing to always set the record straight,” Rodgers told Marshall. “I think when you’re misunderstood — there’s stuff out there that is patently false — the ego wants to be like, ‘No, you’re wrong. You don’t know what you’re talking about.’
“But the peace of mind allows you to not care so much about that because I think we all really care about how we’re viewed, so it’s not that we don’t care about what people say, it’s which people. Which people do I really care about what they say? It’s the people in my inner circle. It’s the people I love and care about.”