But when McAfee brought up those talks on his slow, Rodgers joked that there must not be much news to report on. “It’s a slow week,” he said, deadpan.
McAfee also joked that he’d spread the rumor that Rodgers was going to Indianapolis, where McAfee played in his career. Rodgers laughed it off, adding “Well, you’re not helping.”
Speculation over where Rodgers will end up is likely to overshadow much of the offseason. Rodgers is coming off an MVP-caliber season and the Packers looked poised to make the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, they had to face off against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game. Tampa Bay won 31-26 on Sunday.
But speaking of not helping, Rodgers has continued to play coy whenever he’s asked about his future. He recently said it was “a beautiful mystery.”
“I hope there’s more opportunities, especially this year as much as anything, and enjoy the moments. But I don’t know. I really don’t,” Aaron Rodgers told reporters who cover Green Bay. “That’s outside of my control. … My future is a beautiful mystery, I think.”
Green Bay Traded Up for QB in NFL Draft Last Year
This entire situation can probably be traced back to Green Bay traded up in the 2020 NFL Draft to get quarterback Jordan Love. At the time, Rodgers downplayed the pick.
“The present is such a gift,” Rodgers said. “To be able to stay in the moment and to have gratitude for being in this situation again, and being with the guys and having fans in our stadium and maybe snow in an NFC Championship Game. I’m going to enjoy these moments for sure, and just not worry about what happens down the line.”
But Rodgers was also picked in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft at a time when Green Bay’s starter was still in his prime. Rodgers sat behind Brett Favre for three seasons before they traded the NFL Hall of Fame quarterback to the Jets to move Rodgers to the top of the depth chart. So, to a lot of people, it feels like history repeating.
But Green Bay has made no overtures or moves — other than drafting Love — that they want any other quarterback than Rodgers behind center. And Rodgers, aside from the occasional remarks, hasn’t said he wants out of Green Bay.