Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on playing career: ‘The end is near’

FS1’s Colin Cowherd created buzz last week when he was outspoken about future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his bizarre antics. 

If Cowherd is hoping that “A-Rod” quietly finishes off his career by letting his numbers do the talking, he’s probably out of luck. Fortunately for the anti-Rodgers folks, the four-time MVP’s days in the league may be numbered.

“Rodgers is 38 now, turning 39 in December, precisely the same age Brett Favre was when he first retired, then came back, only to be traded to the Jets to clear the way for Rodgers to become the Packers’ starter in 2008. And anyone paying attention over the last 18 months knows that the idea he could find a fate similar to his predecessor, playing out the string elsewhere, wasn’t considered far-fetched a relatively short time ago,” Albert Breer wrote. “Instead, Rodgers is still in Green Bay, and we know it’ll almost certainly be for good. That’s another change heading into his 18th NFL season.”

Rodgers capped off his fourth MVP campaign in 2021 by racking up over 4,000 passing yards for the fourth consecutive season (4,115), 37 passing touchdowns and a measly four interceptions. The 10-time Pro Bowler led the NFL in quarterback rating (111.9) for the second straight year and fourth time of his career but could get nothing going against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC divisional round loss, going 20-for-29 for 225 yards.

Since capturing Super Bowl XLV early in his career, Rodgers and the Packers haven’t been back to the big game, despite making the postseason every year but 2017 and 2018. The four-time First Team All-Pro was limited to nine games in 2013 and seven in 2017 due to injuries but has played at least 15 times in every other season since taking over as the franchise quarterback 14 years ago.

While nobody knows exactly how much longer No. 12 will be taking the field, he said last week that he won’t be playing until he’s 45 like fellow legendary quarterback Tom Brady. Rodgers’ contract extension that he signed in March is for three years at $150 million, with the first two years being fully guaranteed.

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