Aaron Rodgers said that he is still deciding if he will return to Green Bay Packers for the next season.
The four-time MVP quarterback declared Tuesday that “there will not be any news today,” on Tuesday’s “The Pat McAfee show” on YouTube and SiriusXM. “No decision regarding my future.”
Rodgers stated after the season that he would make a decision on his 2022 plans in a relatively quick timerather then dragging out the process. At the time, the reigning MVP stated that he didn’t rule out any options, such as returning to the Packers for an additional 18-season, retiring, or asking for a trade.
It was speculated that Rodgers could make an announcement about his future when he sent an Instagram postlate on Monday night, thanking former teammates and coaches. Rodgers stated Tuesday that he simply wanted to express gratitude for all those who helped him in the past year.
Rodgers stated that he just completed a 12-day cleanse in which he followed a strict diet. He also went through a series of treatments each day. This conversation lasted 40 minutes.
“You have to turn off everything else, so that you aren’t working out, straining, or anything. It is a way to re-center. It heals you both physically and mentally. The spiritual side of it is that it makes you feel more relaxed.
Rodgers was awarded his second consecutive MVP award two weeks ago. The Packers were 13-4 during the regular season, and they won the NFC North title before losing 13-10 at home to the San Francisco 49ers.
Rodgers discussed making a decision after the season and before the next free agency period starts next month. He reiterated the importance of completing this task quickly.
Rodgers stated, “I get it.” Rodgers said that there is not much to discuss football-wise, but this will be a topic for discussion. But I look forward to making a decision, and moving forward. It’s the best thing for me. It’s the best for everyone. It is best for everyone involved. Let’s get it over with.
The Packers had reason to be optimistic when the Rodgers, who are 38 years old, visited.
He stated that he enjoyed having postseason conversations with team officials, such as coach Matt LaFleur and general manager Brian Gutekunst.
Rodgers stated that the meetings were “a lot different than they were in previous years, in a positive manner.” “There were honest conversations that I appreciated.”
He hopes to avoid the same fate as 2021 when his status was not clear until the beginning of training camp.
Rodgers arrived at training camp on schedule last summer, despite missing their mandatory minicamp. However, he admitted that his future was uncertain. He stated that he desired more involvement in the decision-making process for the team at the time.
Over the course of the season, his relationship with the Packers management improved. Rodgers stated that it began with a meeting with Gutekunst soon after arriving at training camp.
Rodgers stated that he felt like this was the first step towards a free-flowing conversation with Rodgers and a friendship. “I am grateful for Russ Ball’s hard work and the effort he put into the relationship. Matt and me, I believe that every year we become closer and more connected. We also feel better about our communication.
Rodgers stated that he had to also make adjustments.
Rodgers stated, “It wasn’t a one way street.” “I understood that I needed to learn. I needed to become more comfortable in those conversations. This meant being more responsive and able to respond in a timely manner. Also, finding kindness in difficult or adverse situations was something that I had to do. We all felt like we had a year of good communication and that we had pleasant conversations. It was a great way to tie up the pieces before I left town.
LaFleur and Mark Murphy, the president/CEO of the team, had stated after the season that they wanted Rodgers to return in 2022. They stated that this was unanimously decided by the main decision-makers of the team.
With the hiring of Tom Clements as quarterbacks coach, the Packers appeared to be making a move to keep Rodgers. Clements was previously with the Packers from 2006-16. Rodgers stated Tuesday that Clements owes him “so many credit for my development.” He also said that the game is better when Tom Clements coaches because he is one of those special coaches.