GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he doesn’t see himself coming out of retirement once his career is over.
Rodgers denies that he has decided whether to return to the Packers or seek a trade or retire. The three-time MVP gave more details about his future Tuesday on “The Pat McAfree Show” on YouTube and SiriusXM.
“One thing that I will not do, in any way, is to retire and come back a year later,” said the player. “I have no desire to do so. Has no sense”.
Rodgers was named an All-Pro this year and played well enough to be considered a candidate for his fourth MVP trophy. However, he faced plenty of struggles on Saturday, when the Packers fell 13-10 to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Rodgers, 38, said he will try to decide on his future before March, when free agency begins.
All-Pro wide receiver Devante Adams heads a long list of players with expiring contracts.
Rodgers gave a date of late February when teams can begin awarding franchise tags to potential free agents.
“I think that’s enough time to make a decision,” Rodgers said. “I don’t want to put a deadline on myself, but I’ll say it again: I want to be sensible for Devante and other kids who have to make decisions about their future.”
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Monday that he “would love for (Rodgers) to be a Packer and stay a Packer until he decides to retire.” LaFleur said general manager Brian Gutekunst, executive vice president and chief operating officer Russ Ball and CEO Mark Murphy feel the same way.
Rodgers did not participate in offseason activities and last year’s mandatory minicamp. He showed up in time for training camp, but said he wanted a voice in team decisions and believed the organization didn’t treat veterans of high character with enough respect, who ended up leaving.
Since then, Rodgers has recognized Gutekunst on several occasions and said the relationship with the general manager has improved.
“There’s not going to be any freak showdown, silent war or anything like that,” Rodgers warned. “Brian and I had good conversations over the years. When it comes to making decisions, we will have a conversation and that will be it. It will not be a long process. I think it will be the best for me, for him and for the organization and for all the other decisions that need to be made.”