As the saying goes, it takes one to know one.
Aaron Rodgers startled many with his transparent postgame comments Sunday after the 31-26 NFC championship game loss to the Buccaneers, saying that his future in a Green Bay uniform is “uncertain.”
Well, who better to analyze those comments than former Packer QB — and multiple-time retiree — Brett Favre? Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Favre offered a bit of insight into what Rodgers might be thinking, and what the Packers should do (via ProFootballTalk):
I wouldn’t pay much attention to it. I think frustration, disappointment, hurt, pain, all were in that soundbite. Look, there’s no way the Packers would do anything to jeopardize losing Aaron, unless Aaron just chooses to retire, which I would be shocked. The guy’s playing better now than he’s ever played, and without him, you certainly wouldn’t have been even close to where you were. And I think the same will go for next year, and really the next few years, if he chooses to play. I wouldn’t pay much attention to what he said. I’ve been there. It’s so — I mean, it hurts. It’s painful. The last thing you want to do is think about next year, because you just had a major disappointment, and that’s what you’re hearing in that soundbite.
There’s a very, very slim chance that Rodgers ends up on another team to start the 2021 NFL season, but it is worth noting that the Packers selected quarterback Jordan Love with their first-round pick in the 2021 draft, meaning Green Bay is looking toward the future right now — regardless of how well Rodgers is playing.
Rodgers, 37, is under contract with the Packers for three more seasons, with ’22 and ’23 seasonable cap hits should he be released (very unlikely). But, the future is clearly starting to creep into Rodgers’ mind, which could change things over the next season.