Green Bay Packers Quarterback Rodgers Will "Take Some Time" to Consider his Return

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed nostalgic and a little bit wistful when he left Lambeau Field following a devastating 20-16 loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 18, immediately inspiring speculation that he may have played his last game for the organization. Speaking at a Friday press conference, general manager Rob Demovsky said Rodgers will "take some time" to consider his future with the team. Rodgers is coming off arguably his worst season in the pros: he set career lows in passing yards per game (217.4) and passer rating (91.1), all while throwing his most interceptions since 2008 (12). He also played a huge part in the Packers' heartbreaking season finale against the Lions, throwing a backbreaking interception late in the fourth quarter that enabled the Lions to run out the clock. The loss cost the Packers a playoff berth.

Rodgers will turn 40 years old next regular season, so he's definitely nearing the end of a typical quarterback lifespan (excluding Tom Brady, of course). The Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft as Rodgers' eventual replacement, but Rodgers managed to stave off his ascent with a pair of MVP campaigns in 2020 and 2021.

As Love enters the fourth year of his rookie contract, 2023 could be the Packers' last chance to see what they have in the young passer before free agency. Another mediocre or sub-mediocre year from Rodgers would be a steep price to pay for losing their potential quarterback of the future. A graceful retirement from Rodgers may actually be best for all parties.

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