There has been much speculation on when Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers will make his decision to either return to Green Bay, join another interested team, or ultimately retire from the NFL. Packers team president Mark Murphy offered his take on when he would ideally like a decision from Rodgers.
While Murphy has not given Rodgers a deadline for his decision, he made it clear that he would like a decision “sooner rather than later”.
“There hasn’t been a deadline,” Murphy said via ESPN’s Dianna Russini on Twitter. “The sooner the decision is made, the better. Brian Gutekunst, our G.M., has been in regular contact with him. I think Aaron is expressing that he doesn’t want to drag it out. Around the start of free agency.”
#Packers President Mark Murphy on Rodgers.
“There hasn’t been a deadline. The sooner the decision is made, the better. Gutekunst has been in contact with him. Aaron has expressed that he doesn’t want to drag it.
You’re hoping maybe by the start of March?
Yes around free agency. pic.twitter.com/kJwIcsHD2p
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) February 10, 2023
Rodgers revealed that he will go on a “darkness retreat” sometime in the near future to help him come up with his decision.
"I'm still in the art of contemplation about my future.. after my isolation retreat I'll be ready to make a decision" ~ @AaronRodgers12#PMSinAZ pic.twitter.com/21uLlRDlQr
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 7, 2023
Former teammate ofRodgers and current Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver, Davante Adams, has been adamant about recruiting Rodgers to join him in Las Vegas.
The Raiders are the current betting favorite to ultimately get Rodgers this offseason, with the Packers drastically behind them according to Fox Bet.
If Rodgers ultimately does not return to Green Bay, there are a number of different possibilities for them at the quarterback position. They could hand over the keys to former first-round pick Jordan Love, who has sat behind Rodgers for two years in Green Bay.
They could also be in the market for a veteran quarterback like Derek Carr or Jimmy Garoppolo to take over the reins from Rodgers if they still have hopes of competing right away.