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Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers Ain’t Leaving

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Green Bay Packers have suffered another crushing loss in the NFC Championship Game, but it’s what quarterback Aaron Rodgers said in the postgame interview that caught the attention of football fans.

The Packers are coming off their second straight NFCCG loss and it seems to be the one that hit the hardest. Now, it seems like we should be accustomed to such heartbreak, especially after what happened in 2015 against the Seattle Seahawks. However, in a 31-26 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it felt like this season was the Packers’ best chance to get to the Super Bowl. After the game, Rodgers addressed that he’s unsure of a couple of teammate’s futures this offseason, including himself.

This doesn’t come off as a surprise that Rodgers feels this way. The Packers are thin on the salary cap and are going to have to make tough decisions, which includes Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, Kevin King, Corey Linsley, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and others. In Rodgers’ case, the Packers selected quarterback Jordan Love in the first round in this year’s draft to become the successor. Of course, with the loss to the Buccaneers, Rodgers’ comments and the Love selection, football fans have been photoshopping the Packers quarterback in different uniforms and having debates on which team will he go to.

Let’s get this straight now: The Green Bay Packers will not be trading Aaron Rodgers and he will be the starting quarterback for the 2021 season.

Financially, it makes no sense for the Packers to move on from Rodgers. The Packers would have a tough situation operating around the cap hits and potential cap savings. However, in 2022 and 2023, the Packers have the opportunity to move Rodgers due to the penalties of the cap hits and cap savings looking better for the organization. Although, there is always the option for Rodgers and the Packers to restructure his deal if it’s necessary.

Even though it doesn’t make sense financially for the Packers to move on from Rodgers, it doesn’t make sense to move on from a quarterback that is going to win the MVP and is coming off arguably the best season of his career. The Packers will be taking some risk on hoping Rodgers can still perform at a high level, but it’s Aaron Rodgers and he said it best, “Down years for me is career years for most quarterbacks.”

In the past, Rodgers has stressed that he wants to remain in Green Bay, but he knows it’s going to come down to the organization’s decision. Head coach Matt LaFleur wants him back, other teammates want him back, former teammates want him back and fans want him back. Former quarterback Brett Favre knows the situation all too well and believes Rodgers will stay with the Packers and the Packers wouldn’t let him go.

Perhaps Rodgers could demand a trade, which it doesn’t seem like something he would do. There’s really no reason to demand a trade too. The Packers have gone to back-to-back NFC championships, they clearly have the talent and coaching. They might be losing talent this year, but the Packers could still be in a position to have a good season. Also, when David Bakhtiari received his contract extension, Rodgers was more than excited. This could have been that a teammate got his money, his best friend is staying with him in Green Bay or both.

The only way Rodgers doesn’t come back to Green Bay is if he retires and that too doesn’t seem likely. Rodgers has preached about playing into his 40’s and considering the level he’s been playing at, there’s no reason to think his tank is empty. He didn’t make it obvious, but it was an emotional loss. Losing to the Buccaneers and coming one game short of the Super Bowl hurts. The best thing to do is let Rodgers relax, have some scotch and let him enjoy himself.

The city of Green Bay and the state of Wisconsin has meant so much to Rodgers. He sits courtside at UW-Madison games, does great work in the community, is a minority owner of the Milwaukee Bucks and has grown up here. No matter what these analysts, photoshoppers, opposing fans, writers, rumors or anyone says, the Green Bay Packers starting quarterback for 2021 will be Aaron Charles Rodgers.

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