After 18 years of divisional dominance, Aaron Rodgers’ future in Green Bay appears to be in limbo after Sunday night’s loss to the Detroit Lions.
The Lions went up to Lambeau Field and played spoiler against the Packers, who needed a win to clinch playoff berth. Detroit did a favor for the entire NFC, but especially for the Chicago Bears as Rodgers’ postgame actions stirred up speculation on his whereabouts for next season.
Following the loss Rodgers, like the rest of the players, met around midfield to exchange handshakes and well wishes. Lions WR Jameson Williams approached Rodgers asking him to swap jerseys, but Rodgers’ response raised plenty of eyebrows.
“I’m gonna hold on to this one,” Rodgers replied.
Jameson Williams asked Aaron Rodgers for his jersey after the game.— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 9, 2023
Aaron's response: “I’m gonna hold on to this one.”
Let the speculation begin…pic.twitter.com/zU6CmcCfV3
Could it be that Rodgers wants to keep his jersey because it will mark the last game he played in Green Bay? Time will tell.
Rodgers and his long-time teammate Randall Cobb walked off the field together with their arms around each other’s shoulders. Having played 12 seasons in the NFL, there is reason to believe that Cobb played in his last game.
Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb walking off the field and into the tunnel….pic.twitter.com/t0uI3UA2QZ— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 9, 2023
As for Rodgers, retirement is always in the realm of possibility at 39 years old. However, he could ask to be traded to another contender, as it looks like the Packers missed out on their Super Bowl window.
Although Chicago lost its 10th straight game, Sunday couldn’t have gone much better for the Bears. Not only did they secure the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, but they might finally escape their kryptonite.
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