Jan 8, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during warmups prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Packers would prefer to trade Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers would prefer to trade quarterback Aaron Rodgers this offseason and “move on,” ESPN reported Sunday.

The report, citing league sources, also says the 39-year-old four-time MVP is well aware of the Packers’ feelings about the situation.

Financial reasons are said to be the major impetus behind a potential trade, with Green Bay projected to be $16 million over next season’s salary cap. Rodgers is due $59.5 million in guaranteed money in 2023 and $49.25 million in 2024.

Rodgers said this past week on “The Pat McAfee Show” that he is “open to all honest and direct conversations” with the Packers. He said a trade “wouldn’t offend me, and it wouldn’t make me feel like a victim.”

Rodgers also said it was all “conjecture” as he is still deciding whether to come back for a 19th NFL season.

“All the other ideas about (a) trade and whatnot, that’s all conjecture until I decide what I want to do moving forward for myself,” Rodgers said.

“To think of being in another uniform never really crossed my mind. … I’ve just never thought that way,” he added. “I’ve got to figure out what I want to do and then we’ll see where all the parties are at and what kind of transpires after that.”

NBC Sports insider Peter King said the Packers would want at least two first-round picks for Rodgers. As for which teams might pay such a price, King offered up the New York Jets.

Rodgers was the NFL’s MVP in both 2020 and 2021, but he endured one of the worst seasons of his career in 2022. He completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 3,695 yards and 26 touchdowns while tossing 12 interceptions.

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Jan 8, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks off the field following the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

GM: Packers would welcome Aaron Rodgers back

The Green Bay Packers don’t know if Aaron Rodgers plans to return next season, but the team isn’t pushing its star quarterback out the door.

General manager Brian Gutekunst reiterated Friday that the Packers are hoping Rodgers comes back.

“We made a really big commitment to him last offseason,” Gutekunst said in a press conference. “As we did that, it wasn’t certainly for just (2022). He’s gonna take his time. The communication will be pretty constant as we move forward.”

The club will be patient as the four-time Most Valuable Player makes a decision about his future.

“We’ve had great conversations like we always do,” Gutekunst said. “I really respect the process he goes through after the season. He’s done this for a long time. What he goes through during the offseason to get prepared for a season is significant, and I understand the decision he has to make on whether he wants to go through that. So I’ve always tried to give him that time.”

Rodgers, 39, was the NFL’s MVP in both 2020 and 2021, but he endured one of the poorest seasons of his career in 2022. He completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 3,695 yards and 26 touchdowns while tossing 12 interceptions.

Asked about the future of backup quarterback Jordan Love, Gutekunst said, “We are very excited about Jordan and where he’s at, there’s no doubt about that, but Jordan’s never played a 16-, 17-game season and gone through all that stuff. So it’s no different than when we moved from Brett (Favre) to Aaron, right? That’s a hard thing to say, but at the same time, where Aaron’s at, the level he’s at, there’s not many teams he wouldn’t give the best chance to win.”

The Packers needed only to earn a home win over the Detroit Lions in the regular-season finale to reach the playoffs, but Green Bay lost 20-16 to finish 8-9 and miss out on the postseason.

–Field Level Media

Jan 8, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks off the field following the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Aaron Rodgers, Packers meeting over 2 days

In the wake of missing the playoffs after an 8-9 finish, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, talk show host and Rodgers confidant Pat McAfee said Tuesday.

McAfee has Rodgers on “The Pat McAfee Show” for a weekly interview spot, including during the NFL season. On Tuesday’s show, he said he was told Rodgers could not make their usual Tuesday spot.

“That’s because Aaron Rodgers is meeting with the Packers today and tomorrow,” McAfee said. “These are said to be lengthy meetings. We don’t know what’s going to come from them.”

Rodgers, 39, is at the center of speculation that he could retire — or force his way out of Green Bay, where he has played his entire 18-year NFL career.

He was caught on NBC’s mic Sunday night telling Detroit Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams that he didn’t want to do a jersey swap with him because “I gotta hold on to this one.”

Asked after the game about the exchange, Rodgers said, “I think I might have told him I’d give him a jersey when we played in Detroit, so I’ll probably have to send him a jersey. But there’s just some special ones that I like to keep. So it was nothing against Jameson. I’ll make sure I send him one, but I kind of want to keep this one.

“There’s just certain jerseys you like holding onto like, you know, playing Chicago or (playing a) big Sunday night game, so just a little bit different I guess.”

In the spring of 2021, it was reported that Rodgers vowed he would not play for the Packers again. Assuaged by the front office, he came back and won his second straight MVP and fourth of his career that season.

The following offseason, Rodgers signed a contract extension that kicks in in 2024 and keeps him a Packer through 2026.

General manager Brian Gutekunst is scheduled to meet with reporters Friday.

–Field Level Media

Jan 8, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) and quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) leave the field together after losing to the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers/Appleton Post-Crescent via USA TODAY NETWORK

Aaron Rodgers Next Team Odds: Sin City, Big Apple in play?

Aaron Rodgers fueled speculation about his NFL future by declining to swap jerseys and walking out of Lambeau Field with his arm wrapped around the shoulders of wide receiver Randall Cobb on Sunday night.

After the season-ending loss to Detroit, Rodgers said the gesture was about appreciation for his long-time running mate with the Packers rather than symbolic. But he also stopped well short of saying he plans to return to Green Bay for another season.

The four-time NFL MVP said he will take some time away to contemplate whether “it’s time to get off” the carousel.

The odds of Rodgers retiring flipped from likely at SportsBetting.ag last week to being -400 on Monday, versus +250 that he will hang up his cleats.

He said he won’t hold the Packers “hostage” and will make his decision before the start of free agency in March.

Rodgers also acknowledged that Green Bay has a young team, and whether he believes the Packers have the personnel to be a playoff threat could weigh heavily on his next move.

His three-year, $150 million contract calls for Rodgers to make $58.3 million next season. It would be prohibitive for the Packers to cut Rodgers, but they will be on the hook for his $31.6M salary cap figure whether the 39-year-old returns or is potentially traded.

According to OverTheCap.com, Green Bay would incur a $66.99M cap hit should Rodgers be traded before June 1. A post-June 1 trade would provide a $1.215M cap savings but the Packers would still be on the hook for $30.4M in dead money against their cap.

Speculation has already begun about potential destinations, and SportsBetting.ag is offering odds on where Rodgers might end up if he decides to play another season for someone other than the Packers.

Aaron Rodgers Week 1 2023 Team Odds
Raiders (+400)
Colts (+500)
Jets (+500)
Titans (+500)
Panthers (+700)
49ers (+800)
Saints (+850)
Commanders (+900)
Patriots (+1000)
Falcons (+1100)
Buccaneers (+1200)
Giants (+3300)
Lions (+3500)
Texans (+4000)
Cardinals (+5000)

In Las Vegas, Rodgers would be reunited with wide receiver Davante Adams. Adams’ trade to the Raiders last offseason was a sore spot for Rodgers, who regularly referred to the inexperience and miscues of his young receivers this season.

Las Vegas is also coached by Josh McDaniels, who won six Super Bowls in New England with Tom Brady. The Raiders also have skill position personnel that includes a dynamic running back in Josh Jacobs, an elite receiving tight end in Darren Waller and an excellent slot receiver in Hunter Renfrow.

The sportsbook is also offering odds on who will replace Derek Carr in Las Vegas, with Brady (+275) and the 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo (+350) currently ahead of Rodgers at +400.

The Colts and Titans are both in the AFC South, which was won by the Jacksonville Jaguars at 9-8 this season.

Indianapolis has gone the veteran quarterback route three consecutive times, with Matt Ryan following in the footsteps of Philip Rivers and Carson Wentz. The Colts are also in the market for a new head coach, but they do have a talent-laden roster that is primed to be competitive with an experienced quarterback.

The story is similar in Tennessee, where Ryan Tannehill has been at the helm of a run-first offense led by Derrick Henry. Tannehill is under contract through 2025, but he finished this season with an ankle injury and the Titans may jump at the chance to add Rodgers to a roster that boasts a stout defense.

The Jets are another intriguing possibility. After winning four consecutive games to reach 5-2, Robert Saleh’s crew hit the skids, losing eight of its final 10 games to finish 7-10 and in last place in the AFC East.

However, the Jets showed plenty of promise this season, with Saleh’s typically strong defense keeping them in games. It was the quarterback play that let them down, particularly that of 2022 No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson.

With Mike White a free agent, there is little doubt the Jets will be seeking an experienced veteran to lead an offense with promising young playmakers, including wide receiver Garrett Wilson and running back Breece Hall, who will be returning from an ACL injury but is expected to be ready for the start of next season.

The Jets are also being offered as the +275 favorite by SportsBetting.ag to be Carr’s next team as the NFL quarterback carousel starts to spin.

Rodgers is being offered at +500 along with White behind Carr and Garoppolo (+375) to start Week 1 for the Jets next season.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) runs out on to the field as he is announced against the Detroit Lions during their football game Sunday, January 8, 2023, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to weigh what’s next

What’s next for Aaron Rodgers with the Packers missing the playoffs?

Rodgers said Sunday night in the wake of a season-ending loss to the Detroit Lions that his future is up in the air. Rodgers offered no timeframe for making a decision on returning to Green Bay for the 2023 season.

“At some point, the carousel comes to a stop and it’s time to get off, and I think you kind of know when that is,” Rodgers said Sunday. “And that’s what needs to be contemplated. Is it time? Also, what’s the organization doing? That’s part of it, as well. But the competitive fire is always going to be there. I don’t think that ever goes away. Sometimes it gets transferred, I think, to other things that might not ever fill that large void. But like I said, I feel good about what I’ve accomplished in this league and wouldn’t have any regrets walking away. But I got to see what it feels like once I get away from this.”

Retirement is a term Rodgers hasn’t shied away from in the offseason since 2021. Six weeks passed between the Packers’ final game and the declaration from Rodgers on March 8 that he was returning for the just-completed 2022 season.

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Sunday night the team welcomes Rodgers back, but knows “ultimately, he will decide that.”

There are decisions on the personnel side to be made independent of Rodgers that could sway his decision, he said Sunday. Free agents include wide receiver Randall Cobb, tight end Robert Tonyan, wide receiver Allen Lazard, tight end Marcedes Lewis and kicker Mason Crosby.

Left tackle David Bakhtiari, 32, has a $29.1 million cap hit in 2023. His $9.5 million roster bonus is due three days into free agency.

Rodgers’ contract was addressed last offseason with trade and retirement talk prevalent.

He signed a three-year deal worth $150 million that would set him up to make $58.3 million next season. Rodgers, however, said money won’t be a factor in his next move.

“Do I feel like I have anything left to prove to myself?” he said. “Do I want to go back and gear up for another grind? Or is it time? Is time to step away? Is it time for another voice to be leading this team?

“I think I need to get away and contemplate those things. Those are real to me. I have a lot of pride in what I’ve accomplished in this league, but I’m also a realist, and I understand where we’re at as a team. We’re a young team; there could be some changes with some of the older guys, and it could be time to step away. But I could take some time and say hell no, man, I need to get back out there and go on another run. But I’ll have to see what it feels like once I’m away from it.”

–Field Level Media

Lions linebacker Derrick Barnes (55) sacks Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the first half of a 15-9 Detroit win at Ford Field, Nov. 6, 2022.

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Riled up Lions flip ‘respect’ card talking Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Playoff time brings out the respect card, and the Detroit Lions deem the deck stacked with disrespect from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Lions head coach Dan Campbell said his message to the team was to embrace playing in games that mean something, but don’t forget we have “nothing to lose.”

The Lions can earn a playoff spot if the Seattle Seahawks lose to the Los Angeles Rams earlier in the day. But if the Seahawks win, the Lions are eliminated.

Still, the Packers would be in position to enter the playoffs by beating the Lions, who don’t want to give Rodgers another chance for playoff glory.

“I’m ready to show him — that we don’t have no respect for him. Even though we know he is the G.O.A.T. We don’t have no respect for him, because he has got to play us,” Lions cornerback Jerry Jacobs said.

Rodgers said this week he knows Detroit isn’t “the same old Lions,” recalling a loss in the first meeting between NFC North foes this season.

“They were 1-6 at one point and they’ve come all the way back,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers was 14 of 26 for 137 yards and two interceptions in his end zone in a 15-9 loss to the Lions in November.

The Lions have won two straight over the Packers, but Campbell doesn’t want to poke the bear.

“I just don’t see anything different,” Campbell said of Rodgers. “I see an outstanding quarterback who has played and had an outstanding career. I would anticipate he’s going to play one of his best games again. And we always have to be prepared for that.”

Free safety DaShon Elliott hopes to return for Sunday’s primetime game with major playoff implications. He missed the past two games with a shoulder injury, but head coach Dan Campbell said he’s fired up to return.

Elliott, 25, said he has no love for No. 12.

“The way he carries himself, I don’t like none of that s—,” Elliott said.

–Field Level Media

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver George Pickens (14) makes a catch while being guarded by Indianapolis Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers Sr. (34) on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Colts place CB Isaiah Rodgers (knee) on injured reserve

The Indianapolis Colts placed cornerback Isaiah Rodgers on injured reserve Wednesday.

Rodgers started the last nine games for the Colts before sustaining a knee injury in Monday’s 20-3 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Rodgers, who turns 25 on Jan. 7, has recorded 34 tackles, four fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in 15 games (nine starts) this season. He also has averaged 25.1 yards per kickoff return.

He has totaled 90 tackles, 10 passes defensed and three interceptions in 45 games (10 starts) since being selected by Indianapolis in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Also on Wednesday, the Colts promoted cornerback Darrell Baker from the practice squad to the active roster. They also signed cornerback David Vereen to the practice squad.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) watches quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) warm up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers open to possibly letting Jordan Love play

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers might be willing to step aside for backup Jordan Love if the Packers are eliminated from postseason contention, the four-time MVP said on Wednesday.

Rodgers sustained a rib injury last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, and Love performed credibly after coming off the bench in a 40-33 loss.

In his weekly appearance on the Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday, Rodgers said regarding his status for the Packers’ Sunday road game against the Chicago Bears, “I plan on playing this week.”

However, when asked Wednesday how he would react if the Packers (4-8) decide it’s time to look at reserves with an eye toward the future, Rodgers struck a conciliatory tone.

“I’d love to finish the season out, but I understand this is a business,” Rodgers said. “There’s a lot of us kind of older guys who play a decent amount, who they might want to see some younger guys play. Hopefully, we don’t have to have that conversation. But if that conversation comes up, you know, I’ll approach that with an open mind, and without any bitterness or resentment.

“Obviously, like I said, I want to win out and then we don’t have to have those conversations. But, you know, I understand if we don’t, that it’s a possibility to have that conversation.”

Rodgers, 38, is guaranteed $59.5 million for next season, limiting the Packers’ options for the short term. Long term, Love, 24, still might be Rodgers’ replacement, which was the expectation when the team traded up to select him 26th overall in the 2020 draft.

Love has made just one NFL start, when Rodgers sat out a game in November 2021 due to a positive test for COVID-19. In nine NFL games overall, including three brief appearances this year, Love has completed 60 percent of his passes for 597 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions.

Rodgers has connected on 64.8 percent of his passes this year for 2,682 yards and 21 touchdowns with nine interceptions — his highest interception total in 12 years.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) and quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) participate in training camp on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon, Wis.Wm. Glasheen USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Coach: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers ‘feeling better,’ no status update

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is up in the air as Green Bay enters Week 13.

Test results were not available to Packers head coach Matt LaFleur on Monday when he said Rodgers, who left Sunday’s loss at Philadelphia with a rib injury, was better.

“I know he’s feeling better today,” LaFleur said Monday. “I think we’ll know more in the next couple days.”

X-rays taken in Philadelphia were inconclusive as to whether Rodgers suffered broken ribs. He has been playing with an avulsion fracture in his right thumb, a revelation brought to light last week.

Whether Rodgers can suit up for the Packers to play the Chicago Bears this week is unclear. On Sunday night, LaFleur said Rodgers apologized for leaving the game in the third quarter. He was injured in the first half.

“I might not be able to go (in practice) Wednesday, but as long as there’s no major structural damage, I’ll try to get back out there,” Rodgers said Sunday.

The Packers (4-8) are not discussing whether to “shut down” Rodgers, LaFleur said. Rodgers said “as long as we’re mathematically alive, I’d like to be out there.”

“This is one of the toughest dudes I’ve ever been around. I don’t for one second question his toughness, his desire to be out there, desire to compete,” LaFleur said. “As a matter of fact he apologized to me, and I’m like ‘Don’t ever apologize to me.’ This guy is the ultimate competitor.”

Backup Jordan Love would be prepared to start at Chicago. He threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Christian Watson after Rodgers left the game on Sunday night.

“There’s obviously a lot of other conversations that come into play once you’re eliminated. I’ll be open to those conversations,” Rodgers said.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks off the field after losing to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers heads long list of DNPs Wednesday

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his top offensive linemen headlined a lengthy list of Green Bay Packers who did not practice with the team on Wednesday.

Two days after coach Matt LaFleur called for Green Bay to lean into a mindset of working out of a losing streak that stands at five games, Rodgers, guard Elgton Jenkins, left tackle David Bakhtiari, wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Romeo Doubs, cornerbacks Eric Stokes and Shemar Jean-Charles, inside linebacker Krys Barnes and outside linebackers Rashan Gary and De’Vondre Campbell were all DNPs for the Packers (3-6).

LaFleur said the practice was more of a light workout focused on “above the neck” and mental reps because of the state of the injury report.

“It’s football,” LaFleur said, adding he won’t make excuses. “We’re not feeling sorry for ourselves.”

LaFleur said the uncertainty with injuries to a number of starters could stretch a number of days, which impacts their preparation for former Packers coach Mike McCarthy and the Dallas Cowboys (6-2).

“I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily extra work. You’re very intentional on who you ask to do what,” LaFleur said. “You could potentially simplify some things in certain areas — if that’s what you think gives you the best chance to win. Injuries are a part of this game. You’ve got to be able to adapt, and you’ve got to be able to adjust.”

There was some good news. Running back Aaron Jones practiced after leaving Sunday’s loss at Detroit with a knee injury, as did wide receiver Christian Watson (shoulder).

LaFleur worked under Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and understands the challenges the Cowboys bring with linebacker Micah Parsons, who has 8.0 of the team’s 33 sacks.

“He’s a game-wrecker,” LaFleur said. “You’ve got to give Dan a ton of credit in terms of the style of defense he’s playing right now. That’s not what it was in Atlanta. That’s not what it was in Seattle. … It’s a highly disruptive defense, a very physical defense. They do a great job of taking the ball away.”

–Field Level Media