Over the last several weeks, there have been plenty of conversations about how the Green Bay Packers should handle the rest of the 2022 season.

One suggestion has been to bench Aaron Rodgers. This would preserve Rodgers’ body for next season while also giving Green Bay a chance to see what they have in backup quarterback Jordan Love.

The narrative, however, has been that Rodgers won’t accept being benched. And because the Packers don’t want to make the relationship contentious, the feeling is that Green Bay wouldn’t force him to ride the pine.

On Sunday night, after the Packers’ 40-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Rodgers told reporters that he wants to keep playing as long as the team is mathematically alive in the playoff race.

When the time comes that Green Bay has been eliminated, Rodgers says he understands that conversations about playing time will be had.

And it sounds like he’s open to those conversations.

“There’s obviously a lot of other conversations that come into play once you’re eliminated,” said Rodgers on Sunday night.

Green Bay hasn’t officially been eliminated from the playoffs yet (ESPN analytics give them just a 2% chance to make the playoffs), but they likely will be soon. Anything is possible, but those obviously aren’t great odds.

If Rodgers agrees to sit once the Packers have officially been eliminated, it will give Green Bay a chance to truly evaluate Love — which is extremely important with a decision about his fifth-year option coming up this offseason.

The Packers can see Love in an extended starting role and decide if he’s the future once Rodgers is gone. Or they can use it as a way to showcase Love for a potential trade (which seems more likely at this point).

Regardless of what Green Bay decides to do with Love, it’s good news that Rodgers won’t make the situation difficult. That’s the last thing the Packers need to deal with in a season that hasn’t gone anywhere close to the way Green Bay expected it to go.

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