New York Giants legend Eli Manning suggested that Aaron Rodgers should finish his career with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers, 38, has spent his entire with the Packers but his relationship with the franchise hasn't been great the last few years and he could leave the team this offseason.
“It was important for me to finish my career with the Giants, and I would think it would be important for him as well, just because of the legacy that he has, the history of Green Bay, being there as long as he has been, winning a championship and winning MVPs,” Manning said, via ESPN.
“It’s not always greener on the other side. That’s what I had learned from talking to other people. You can go somewhere, and it’s not necessarily going to be better; it’s probably going to be worse”.
Manning finished his career with the Giants
Manning, the No. 1 pick of the 2004 NFL draft, spent his entire career with the Giants before retiring in 2019. Manning's brother, Peyton, played nearly a decade and a half for the Indianapolis Colts but finished his career with the Denver Broncos.
“Peyton never wanted to leave [the Colts]. He was kind of forced out,” Manning added. “He had the [neck] injury, they were going to draft Andrew Luck and he had to move. He wanted to keep playing, and it was a little different scenario”.
The Packers suffered a playoff disappointment after losing in the divisional round to the San Francisco 49ers. After the game, Rodgers said he believes he can still play at a high level. "I'm still super competitive, still know I can play at a high level, so it's going to be a tough decision," Rodgers said during a 17-minute session with reporters after the game.
"I have a lot of things to weigh in the coming weeks. But man, just so much gratitude for this city and this organization and such a long, long career here that I'm proud of and really thankful for all the men and women that work here, the men I've gotten to cross paths with, coaches and players over the years."
When asked about Rodgers, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said they definitely want the quarterback back in 2022. "Certainly we want him back here," Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said. "I think we'd be crazy not to want him back."