Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers revealed Wednesday, after weeks of speculation, that his «intent» is to play for the New York Jets next season, but the teams have not reached an agreement.
During a highly anticipated appearance on «The Pat McAfee Show,» Rodgers spoke at length about his decision for the 2023 season, revealing that heading into his retirement in obscurity last month, he was «90% leaning toward retirement and» 10%» sure he wanted to play again.
But the four-time MVP said something changed after he came out of isolation.
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«I was interested in knowing where [the Packers] it would be in mentally, and all they told me the week I was in Green Bay was ‘Take as long as you want, and we want you to retire a Packer. You want to go back and play, obviously the door is wide open. So that was the information that was passing. Now, when I came out of the darkness, something changed. I’m not exactly sure what that was, but something changed.»
Rodgers said he heard from many people, including players, that the front office position had changed, a decision he said he would have accepted if he had been told up front.
«It was clear to me at that point that even though the Packers were going to say the right thing publicly, they were ready to move on,» Rodgers said.
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Rodgers said he then opted to inquire about other teams and was granted permission to speak with the Jets, who flew to California last week to meet with him in person.
«We had a nice conversation and I told them, ‘I’m not ready to make a decision on anything. I want to go back to my workouts and see what it feels like to really hit hard for a week … and see if that drive and passion is still there. ‘».
Reports have been circulating for the past week that an agreement has been reached between the two parties, but Rodgers said Wednesday that no trade has been made. However, he did confirm that his «intentions» are to play in New York.
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«At this point, as I sit here, I think from Friday, I made it clear that my intention was to play and my intention was to play for the New York Jets,» Rodgers said.
Rodgers called the decision «bittersweet» but added that there are no hard feelings between him and the Packers.
«No one has bled green and gold like me. I mean, I love that city,» Rodgers said. «I love those fans. I love that region.»