“There will be no news today; no decision on my future
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has clarified speculation about the Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday, February 22, simply saying, “There will be no news today — no decision on my future.”
Rodgers told McAfee that he had just returned from a 12-day panchakarma – a cleanse that originated in India. Rodgers said it’s something he’s done in the offseason in the past.
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Rodgers said after the season that he would try to make a decision on his 2022 plans at relatively short notice rather than drag out the process. The four-time MVP said at the time that he hadn’t ruled out any options, including a return to the Packers for an 18th season, retirement or a trade request.
Late Monday, Rodgers thanked his current and former teammates and coaches in an Instagram message posted amid speculation about the reigning NFL MVP’s future.
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Rodgers also thanked Packers coach Matt LaFleur and reserve quarterbacks Jordan Love and Kurt Benkert as well as former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy.
“You have made every day so much fun and I am so grateful for the daily laughs and stress relief you have given me every week of the year,” Rodgers said. “I love you.”
After the season, Rodgers talked about making a decision when the free agency period begins next month. He continues to emphasize the importance of doing so quickly.
“I get it,” Rodgers said on the show. “There is not much to say about football and it will be a topic of conversation. But I can’t wait to make a decision and move forward. I think it’s best for me It’s better for the team. It’s better for all parties involved. Let’s put that behind us.”
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Rodgers, 38, offered the Packers reason for optimism.
He said he enjoyed the post-season conversations he had with team officials such as coach Matt LaFleur, general manager Brian Gutekunst and executive vice president/chief operating officer. ball soccer ball.
“The meetings were very different from what they have been in the past, in a positive way,” Rodgers said. “There were some real honest conversations that I appreciate.”
He wants to avoid a repeat of 2021, when his status with the team was uncertain until the start of training camp.
Matt LaFleur coaches the Green Bay Packers against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field on Christmas Day 2021
Rodgers showed up to training camp on time last summer after skipping their mandatory minicamp, but admitted his future with the organization was uncertain. At the time, he said he wanted to have more of a voice in the team’s decision-making process.
His relationship with Packers management has improved over the season. Rodgers said it started with a meeting he had with Gutekunst shortly after arriving at training camp.
“I feel like that was kind of the first step to having a real, smooth conversation and friendship,” Rodgers said. “I’m really grateful for the work he’s done on the relationship, and so is Russ Ball. Matt and I believe that every year we get closer and feel better about our communication.”
Rodgers said he also needed to make some adjustments.
“It wasn’t a one-way street,” Rodgers said. “I knew I had to grow up too. I had to be more comfortable with those conversations, respond to them in a timely manner, try to find kindness in the tough times or the difficult conversations we had. I have the feeling like we all grew up and had a good year of communication, we had some great conversations after the season, I felt really good about how it tied together before I left town.
LaFleur and chairman/CEO Mark Murphy had said after the season that they wanted Rodgers back in 2022. They said it was a unanimous decision among the team’s key decision makers.
The Packers appeared to have made a decision to keep Rodgers last week with the hiring of quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, who previously worked with the team from 2006 to 2016. Rodgers said Tuesday he owes Clements “so much credit for my development” and added that “the game is better when Tom Clements is coaching because he is one of those special, special coaches”.
Associated Press contributed to this report.