What’s next for Packers after season-ending loss to Lions?

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

As Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb exited Lambeau Field together, an offseason of uncertainty began for the Green Bay Packers.

Both franchise legends may have played their final snap for the Packers.

Rodgers has a decision to make on his future and whether he wants to return next season. Cobb will become a free agent, potentially ending a great career in Green Bay.

In his post-game press conference, Rodgers said he will take some time to make a decision, as it’s important to “take the emotion out of it.”

His future is the number one storyline for this team moving forward, also because it impacts what’s next for Jordan Love.

Love has been Rodgers’ backup for three seasons. Will the Packers finally turn to him in 2023?

Will they pick up his fifth-year option? That’s another question they must answer in the coming months.

If Rodgers stays and Love remains the backup, could the Packers trade him elsewhere?

Outside of the quarterback uncertainty, there is free agency.

Along with Cobb, notable free agents include Allen Lazard, Adrian Amos, Mason Crosby, Marcedes Lewis, Robert Tonyan, Yosh Nijman, and Keisean Nixon.

It’s not like the Packers are loaded with cap space. According to Over The Cap, Green Bay currently has -$5.36 million for 2023, so will need to create more room.

General manager Brian Gutekunst must also decide the direction of the team.

If Rodgers returns, can they add enough talent to make a Super Bowl run in 2023? They would need to significantly upgrade the roster after finishing 8-9.

If not, is it time to rebuild? And what could that mean for veteran players on big contracts like David Bakhtiari and Aaron Jones?

All questions lead back to the future of Aaron Rodgers.

If he returns, we can assume the team will do everything possible to compete in 2023. They may need to restructure deals to make things work.

But if Rodgers retires, they may decide to start over.

Green Bay’s uncertain offseason starts with Rodgers’ future.