Quarterback Aaron Rodgers ending his 18-year association with the Green Bay Packers
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he plans to end his 18-year association with the Green Bay Packers and join the New York Jets.
Green Bay made Rodgers, 39, the NFL’s highest paid quarterback last year but gave him permission to speak with the Jets about a potential trade.
Rodgers said……………”I’ve already made my decision – this is just clearing things up for everybody that’s interested “.
Speaking to The Pat McAfee show he said: “I think since Friday I’ve made it clear that my intention was to play and my intention was to play for the New York Jets.
“I haven’t been holding anything up at this point, it’s been compensation that the Packers are trying to get for me, and kind of digging their heels in,” he told the Pat McAfee show.
“It is interesting at this point to step back and take a look at the whole picture.”
A contract and trade terms are yet to be agreed, according to reports.
Rodgers spent four days on a “darkness retreat” in Oregon, confined to a 300-square foot dwelling that was partially underground, in February, the point of which was, he said, to be alone with his thoughts, to find full clarity and peace, and calibrate his emotions.
He said he was 90 percent certain that he was retiring before he went on the retreat.
Rodgers helped Green Bay win the Super Bowl at the end of the 2010 season but has had a strained relationship with the Packer’s management since they traded up to select Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 draft.
Green Bay agreed for Rodgers to be more involved in team discussions and restructured his contract, but despite being the NFL’s MVP for 2020 and 2021, Rodgers has been unable to reach a second Super Bowl.
And after failing to reach last season’s play offs he had not confirmed whether he would continue with the Packers, retire or join another team.