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Aaron Rodgers said at the start of the mandatory minicamp in June that his plan was to retire with the Green Bay Packers. He didn’t give a timeline at the time, but the two-time NFL MVP on Thursday offered a bit more clarity.
“No,” Rodgers, 38, told reporters when asked if he would play until he was 45 like Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who reached the milestone on Wednesday.
“But happy birthday, Tom.”
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This off-season contrasts sharply with last year when Rodgers jumped on OTAs over front office issues before finally committing to the 2021 season. In March, he signed a four-year extension worth $200 million, including $153 million in guaranteed money — and two years cancellable at the end.
Rodgers said in June that the deal was structured to help the team’s salary cap situation, but added that conversations about his future were certainly around the corner.
“I understand how the deal is described – to me it feels like a year plus two, plus one, so there will be decisions after this year for sure,” he said.
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Rodgers previously said he often think about retirement.
“The football part is the easy part,” he said in June. “It’s the joy. It’s the other thing that wears you down and makes you think about life after football. Tommy [Brady] obviously set the bar so high playing so many years, but I can definitely see the end coming.”
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Last season, Rodgers led Green Bay to a 13-4 record, which came with its third consecutive NFC North Division crown but an early exit from the playoffs, losing to the San Francisco 49ers in the Round of division.