Former NFL defensive lineman turned ESPN analyst Chris Canty made a surprising statement about Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Wednesday morning.
During an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up, Canty boldly said he thinks this is Rodgers’ final season in Green Bay.
“This is going to be Aaron Rodgers’ last season in Green Bay, guys,” said Canty. “I mean, think about it — you’re not paying a quarterback $50 million dollars to miss the playoffs. And that’s the reality of what’s going to happen this year.”
“I think it’s fair to question whether the relationship between the quarterback and the head coach has soured,” added Canty.
That’s quite a statement from Canty, but there’s just one problem — Green Bay can’t easily get out of paying Rodgers the nearly $60 million he’s owed next season.
Rodgers would have to retire — that’s the only way he’s not back with the Packers in 2023.
And it’s extremely unlikely he’s going to retire and walk away from that much cash.
Canty is right that Green Bay has underachieved. But that isn’t all on Rodgers. The development of the wide receivers hasn’t happened as quickly as the Packers thought it would. There hasn’t been a lot of continuity on the offensive line. And Green Bay lost a couple of key assistant coaches in offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy.
Rodgers will almost certainly run it back next season. And Canty will look silly for his bold statement (and if he looked at Rodgers’ contract details, he never would’ve made the statement).
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