Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won his fourth NFL MVP award on Thursday and revealed he hasn't yet made his decision on whether or not to return to Green Bay for the 2022 season. We should expect Rodgers' decision soon as he said: "In the near future, and I'm not gonna keep a lot of people waiting."
"I think you've got to take some of the emotion out of it and then kind of lean into understanding what it takes to revamp and feel like what's the best place," Rodgers said, per ESPN. "The best decision for me moving forward -- not really place -- more just what does it feel like to commit to a season if that's what I want to do? The good thing is I still feel like my body is in a good place."
Rodgers was unhappy with the Packers a year ago but returned for the 2021 season. Rodgers says the animosity he felt toward the Packers has gone but that doesn't mean he will play there next season. "There was obviously some things that were voiced in the offseason, privately between him and myself, and I'm just thankful for the response," Rodgers said Thursday of Gutekunst.
"There was a lot of things that were done to make me feel really special and important, to the present, the past and the future of the franchise. And I've got to say that Russ and Brian especially had a big hand in that.
And it didn't go unnoticed."
Rodgers 'not afraid' of retirement
Rodgers is 38 but obviously still more than capable of playing at a high level. "I talked at length at various times about being comfortable walking away and just not playing, and I don't want to create more questions than I probably already have, but I don't fear retirement; I don't fear moving on," he said.
"I'm very proud of what I've accomplished, proud that I've accomplished it in Green Bay over the last 17 years and excited about the future, whatever that ends up being or looking like. "Also still highly competitive and still [have] that bitter taste from the divisional game, so definitely a lot to weigh, but thankful for the Packers organization and the conversations that we had at the end of the season and just the way the whole season went.
I was obviously frustrated about some things in the offseason. We had a ton of conversations and I just felt like there was so much growth, and I'm so thankful for that. I'm thankful for the relationships -- with Brian as much as anybody."