Aaron Rodgers speaks out on his future with trade talk intensifying
After holding talks with the New York Jets, it appears that there could be light at the end of the tunnel for Aaron Rodgers after emerging from the dark.
The quarterback’s future has been one of the biggest topics of the NFL offseason so far and, with the start of free agency quickly approaching, Rodgers’ next move could already be decided.
Speaking to former Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall on the ‘I AM ATHLETE’ podcast, the 39-year-old was quizzed on his future and whether it was away from the Green Bay Packers.
Rodgers said: “Stay tuned … I think it won’t be long. There’s a time limit for all this.”
The veteran was also asked about his meeting with Jets owner Woody Johnson, having been given permission by the Packers to speak to the New York team.
Rodgers kept his cards close to his chest and responded: “It’s always interesting meeting important figures in the sport – yeah it’s always interesting. That’s all I’m giving you.”
The Packers icon recently spent time at a darkness retreat as he looked to find answers on his impending move.
“All the answers are right inside me,” the four-time MVP said after his time at the retreat. “I touched many of them, and definitely the feelings, on both sides, during the darkness, and I’m thankful for that time.
“There’s a finality to the decision. I don’t make it lightly. I don’t want to drag anybody around. Look, I’m answering questions about it because I get asked about it. I’m talking about it because it’s important to me.”
If Rodgers was to move from the Packers, it would end Rodgers’ time in Wisconsin following 18 seasons with the team.
During his time in Green Bay, Rodgers has won the Super Bowl once and had extremely high levels of personal success, even though the team often fell short of expectations. He ranks first in franchise history in passing touchdowns and second in passing yards.
Although reports suggest Rodgers might be on the way out, Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy isn’t ruling anything out.
“He’s obviously a great player. Four-time MVP. But I think it’s trying to find what he wants and what we want, and hopefully, we can find a win-win situation,” Murphy said, per the NFL website.
Broncos bolster O-line
The Broncos made two major moves in solidifying the offensive line in front of Russell Wilson and we’re combining them here for grading purposes. Denver first agreed to terms on a four-year, $52 million deal with guard Ben Powers and then inked one of the top offensive tackles on the market in Mike McGlinchey to a five-year, $87.5 million contract. Guard and right tackle were two massive needs for the Broncos entering this offseason after a 2022 season where Wilson was sacked 55 times, which was tied for the most in the NFL. Now, they’ve just solved both of them in the blink of an eye.
Bears bring aboard Edwards
Chicago is expected to be a major player in free agency and made its first strike by signing former Eagles linebacker T.J. Edwards to a three-year, $19.5 million deal. The Bears defense needs improvement wherever it can get it, and Edwards is someone who can slot in off the ball in the middle of the defense. There’s also some familiarity with Edwards as Chicago assistant GM Ian Cunningham was a former Eagles executive when he signed with the team in 2019.
Patriots retain Jonathan Jones
New England addressed one of its key in-house free agents at the start of the legal tampering period, retaining cornerback Jonathan Jones. He inked a two-year, $20 million deal with $13 million guaranteed. Jones had made it quite clear that he wanted to remain in New England, so this was his preferred outcome while the Patriots retain a versatile piece of their secondary. Jones primarily came up as a slot corner, but moved to the outside and played well in that role in 2022.