For the third straight offseason, Aaron Rodgers is taking time to decide his future. In the meantime, the Green Bay Packers wait.
Unlike the previous two years, however, Rodgers isn’t coming off an MVP season, and the Packers didn’t make the playoffs.
Rodgers may decide to join Tom Brady in retirement, or he could come back in 2023. But will he play another game for the Packers, or could he actually be playing against them next season?
2022 season review
In 2020, Rodgers threw for 4,299 yards, 48 touchdowns, and five interceptions, winning his third NFL MVP award. A year later, he put up 4,115 yards, 37 touchdowns, and four interceptions, winning his fourth MVP.
But this season, Rodgers threw for just 3,695 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. The Packers went 8-9.
However, there were plenty of reasons behind this.
Part of it was on Rodgers missing throws he typically makes, some of it was not seeing open receivers. But some was also less in his control.
A broken thumb suffered in Week 5 didn’t help. Rodgers continued to play through the injury but couldn’t have been at 100 percent.
He also lost two of his top receivers in Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in the offseason. It’s impossible to replace an All-Pro like Adams.
It was a mixture of many factors, leading to a disappointing season for Rodgers and the Packers.
Even after a disappointing year, Rodgers showed he can still play at a high level. But will he continue to play?
That remains to be the question.
If Rodgers does indeed return to the NFL, will he want to stay in Green Bay? Will the Packers want to stick with the four-time MVP despite Jordan Love entering year four?
In the not-too-distant future, we will have answers to all of these questions.
A trade to the New York Jets or Las Vegas Raiders could make sense if Rodgers keeps playing. Green Bay will play at Las Vegas in 2023. Imagine the Packers coming up against Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams.
At the time of writing on February 7, Rodgers’ future with the Packers remains as unclear as it was after Green Bay’s season-ending loss to the Detroit Lions on January 8.