Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre doubts that Aaron Rodgers will be playing for the Packers next season. Rodgers, who has spent his entire career in Green Bay, reportedly has a rift with the team's front office and he wants out.
Even if the Packers decline to trade Rodgers before the start of the season, Favre doubts that the quarterback would be suiting up in Packers uniform. "Boy it's a good question; that's the million-dollar question," Favre said during a 45-minute interview on ESPN Wisconsin radio's Wilde & Tausch.
"I think I know Aaron fairly well, and honestly I just don't see him coming back and just saying, 'All right, let's just bury the hatchet, whatever caused the rift, and I'm just going to come back and play because I love the guys, I love the Green Bay fans -- I assume he does -- but his rift isn't with the fans or the players.
It's with the front office. Will he just swallow his pride and come in? Maybe. But I don't see that happening. "If there's not a trade, my gut tells me that he'd rather sit out than play. That's just my gut.
There's no reason for me to say that other than that's what my gut's telling me, and I think you guys know Aaron fairly well enough to sort of feel the same way."
Favre hopes Rodgers stays
Rodgers, who was named the NFL MVP last season, has been one of the best quarterbacks over the last two decades but he has won only one Super Bowl.
"I'd like to see him win a Super Bowl in Green Bay, another one," Favre said. "But the thing is, life's too short, I want him to be happy. He's been there as long as I was there, and I know what that means and he's put up unbelievable numbers.
Win another Super Bowl and then do what you want to do, whether it's keep playing, play somewhere else, whatever. But win one more in Green Bay and go out the way you want to go out. "You don't want to go out this way, whether it's sit out or play somewhere else."
Favre concluded his interview with a pessimistic line. "It's going to be interesting what takes places here between now and the start of camp," Favre said. "But right now I'm not very optimistic."