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Rodgers on outlook with the Packers: I don't know what the future holds

By Sports Desk August 04, 2020

Aaron Rodgers claims he is not fretting about his future with the Green Bay Packers after the team drafted Jordan Love.

Two-time MVP Rodgers is under contract through the next four seasons and the 36-year-old quarterback has previously spoken of his desire to follow peers Tom Brady and Drew Brees and play in his 40s.

However, like Brady and his Green Bay predecessor Brett Favre, it seems likely Rodgers will end his career elsewhere should he play that long after the Packers traded up to select Love in the first round of this year's NFL Draft.

While Rodgers, who led his team to an NFC Championship Game in which they were beaten by the San Francisco 49ers in January, will be the starter in 2020 while Love learns the ropes, there will be constant speculation about when the transition to the ex-Utah State quarterback will begin in Wisconsin.

"There's been a lot of hypothetical questions on here; I'm not always a huge fan of guessing those things," he told reporters.

"But obviously, I've said that before - I think if I retire on the team's timeline, then all is well. If they're looking to move on before I'm done playing, there becomes an impasse at that point.

"I can control my play and my performance and my approach and my leadership, but at some point, there's other factors involved."

Rodgers said he poured himself "four fingers" of tequila upon learning the Packers were drafting Love in April rather than a wide receiver that could offer him immediate help in trying to return to the Super Bowl.

His head coach, Matt LaFleur, said he believes Rodgers will remain the starter "for a really long time", but neither he nor his quarterback would speculate on the specifics of that timeframe.

"I savour every moment, every season," Rodgers said.

"I don't take any of it for granted. I don't know what the future holds. I know I can control this year and my play and my approach and my attitude."

Rodgers was named to his eighth Pro Bowl last season, having thrown for over 4,000 yards for the eighth time in his career.

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