- Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were eliminated from the playoffs by the 49ers in a shocking upset.
- Rodgers told reporters that he would be weighing his future this offseason and whether he wanted to continue playing.
- The Packers have big roster decisions to make this offseason that could transform the team.
After a shocking loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, Aaron Rodgers’ future is uncertain.
Rodgers ended his contract this offseason. Rumors swirled a lot last offseason that Rodgers wanted to play somewhere else.
Despite rumors of a trade demand, Rodgers eventually returned to the Packers for the 2021 season and dominated. Rodgers, perhaps the front-runner to be MVP for the second straight year, threw for over 4,100 yards and 37 touchdowns on just 4 interceptions. His dominance helped the Packers win 13-4 to win the NFC No. 1 and earn a bye.
That all collapsed on Saturday when cold conditions and the 49ers’ strong defensive front kept the Packers to just 10 points. Rodgers completed 20 of 29 passes for 225 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
Green Bay failed to get the ball across the field on his last drive late in the fourth quarter and handed the ball to the 49ers. San Francisco marched down the field into field goal range and nailed the game-winning kick as time ran out to advance to the NFC Championship.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Rodgers said he will take time to reflect on his future.
“I didn’t think we would talk about it after this game,” Rodgers said. “I’m going to take some time and have conversations with people around here and then take some time and make a decision obviously before the free hand or anything on that front gets going.”
He later added: “There are a lot of decisions to be made. There are a lot of players whose future is up in the air. It will definitely be interesting to see where some of these decisions go. But I will have discussions.” [Packers GM Brian Gutekunst] in the next week or so and get a little bit more clarity and think about my own future and how long I want to keep doing this.”
Rodgers was specifically asked if he was unsure whether he wanted to continue playing football or play for another team. Rodgers said the loss was too “fresh” to think about his future, but said he would “think about it” in the coming weeks.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Packers go into the offseason and exceed the salary cap by $44 million. They must make decisions about several key players, including wide receivers Davante Adams and Allen Lazard, tight end Robert Tonyan, and cornerback Kevin King.
Later in his press conference, Rodgers said he didn’t want to take part in a rebuild – if he continues playing.
“There are a lot of decisions to be made and I don’t want to be part of a rebuild if I want to keep playing.”
Rodgers and the Packers have been on the cusp of the Super Bowl for the past three seasons, but have not been able to get over the hump. They were blown out by the 49ers in the 2019 NFC Championship and lost a close fight to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2020 NFC Championship.
This year’s early defeat is a huge disappointment for a team that should be eliminated from the NFC. Rodgers said he envisioned making it to this year’s Super Bowl and that this Packers team had what it takes to win.
Rodgers told reporters that he braced himself for a shock.
“This thing will definitely look different in Green Bay.”