When Aaron Rodgers walked off Lambeau Field after the Green Bay Packers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Detroit Lions on Sunday night, speculation immediately began that he might have played his last game in Green Bay, or anywhere.
Rodgers only added fuel to that speculation in his post-game press conference.
“At some point, the merry-go-round stops and it’s time to get off,” Rodgers said, per Carmen Vitali of FOX Sports. “I think you know when that is, and that’s what you have to look at. . . . I wouldn’t regret leaving.”
So what next for the former NFL MVP?
Rodgers is owed nearly $60 million in guaranteed money next season as part of the contract extension he signed with the Packers through early 2022.
Could Rodgers really retire after an 18-season Hall of Fame career? Would he eventually try to play elsewhere as he has hinted he would in the past? Or will he once again return to the Packers for another shot at a second Super Bowl ring?
FOX Bet has the latest hypothetical odds on Rodgers’ future.
LIKELY AARON RODGERS WILL RETIRE BEFORE THE 2023 SEASON
- Yes: +160 (bet $10 to win $26 total)
- No: -200 (bet $10 to win $15 total)
ODDS ON AARON RODGERS’ NEXT TEAM (IF HE DOESN’T RETIRE)
- Green Bay Packers -150 (bet $10 to win $16.67 total)
- New York Jets +300 (bet $10 to win $40 total)
- New Orleans Saints +400 (bet $10 to win $50 total)
- San Francisco 49ers +550 ($10 to $65 total bet)
- Seattle Seahawks +650 ($10 to $65 total bet)
*Odds from 9/11/2022
Rodgers remains a solid favorite to keep playing, and the Packers remain the favorite to keep him if he does.
“It’s hard to imagine Rodgers walking away from $60 million, despite his recent comments,” FOX Bet senior director of commercial operations Dylan Brossman said. “Ultimately, we think he’ll be back as a Packer for at least one more season. Missing the playoffs after a home loss to the Lions is far from a fairytale ending for one of the NFL’s all-time great quarterbacks “.
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However, if Rodgers wants to play elsewhere, he will have plenty of options. He could follow the path his former teammate Brett Farve took from the Packers to the Jets, who have a core of young and exciting talent on both ends, but plenty of questions at quarterback after the struggles of former No. 2 of the Zach selection. Wilson in his second NFL season.
The Saints could also be in the market for a veteran quarterback, especially after stumbling to a 7-10 mark in Dennis Allen’s first year as head coach. Allen is poised to return, but it remains to be seen whether Jameis Winston or Andy Dalton will after both struggled in 2022.
The 49ers, like the Jets, haven’t gotten much production from their top-3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft at quarterback. Trey Lance played just six quarters to start the 2022 season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury in Week 2. The 49ers have a loaded roster and have gotten surprisingly solid performances from sixth-round rookie Brock Purdy as at quarterback after Jimmy Garoppolo also got hurt. .
However, if Rodgers chooses to look for other teams, could the 49ers wipe the slate clean and go all in on the future Hall of Famer? Rodgers won back-to-back MVPs in Matt LeFleur’s offense, a prominent branch of Shanahan’s coaching tree. He would likely have an easy transition into Kyle Shanahan’s own offensive scheme.
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The 49ers’ NFC West rival, the Seahawks, would be an even more intriguing destination for Rodgers for several reasons. Rodgers and the Seahawks are longtime playoff foes, and Seattle just edged out Green Bay for the final playoff spot in the NFC. Seattle also has a veteran quarterback at shortstop in Geno Smith, who enjoyed an impressive bounce-back season in his first year as the Seahawks’ starter. Are the Seahawks in win-now mode enough to ditch Smith for Rodgers? Seattle makes the capital project to get a deal.
Stay tuned to FOX Sports to see how another offseason of Rodgers drama unfolds.
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