Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers: I won’t come back once I retire
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he can’t envision coming out of retirement once he ends his playing career.
Rodgers has said he hasn’t decided whether to return to the Packers, pursue a trade or retire. The three-time MVP went into more details about his future Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show” on YouTube and SiriusXM.
“One thing I would not do, 100% not do, is retire and then come back a year later,” Rodgers said. “I don’t have any desire to do that. That makes no sense.”
Rodgers earned All-Pro honors this season and is contending for a fourth MVP award this season, though he struggled Saturday in a 13-10 NFC divisional playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
The 38-year-old Rodgers said after that game he would try to decide on his future before free agency begins in March. All-Pro receiver Davante Adams heads a long list of Packers with expiring contracts.
Rodgers updated that Tuesday by referencing late February, when teams can start giving out franchise tags to potential free agents.
“I think that should be enough time to make a decision, by then,” Rodgers said. “I don’t want to put myself on a specific date, but again, I do want to be sensitive to Davante and many other guys who have decisions to make on their own futures. To drag it out past free agency would be disrespectful to the organization and to those guys, and that 100% will not happen.”
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Monday that “we would love for (Rodgers) to be a Packer and be a Packer to the day he decides to retire.” LaFleur said general manager Brian Gutekunst and others at the top of the organization share that sentiment.
“We’re all on the same page there,” LaFleur said. “There’s no debate.”
Rodgers skipped the Packers’ offseason team activities and mandatory minicamp last year. He reported on time for training camp but said he wanted to have a voice in the team’s decision-making process, and believed the organization didn’t treat departing high-character veterans with enough respect.
Since then, Rodgers has praised Gutekunst on multiple occasions and said his relationship with the general manager has improved.
“There’s not going to be any weird standoff, war of silence or anything,” Rodgers said. “Brian and I have had good conversations throughout the year. When it comes time to make a decision, we’ll have a conversation and that will be that. It won’t be a long, drawn-out process. I think that’s what’s best for me, for him, for the organization and for all the other decisions that need to be made.”