Despite the Green Bay Packers’ keen interest in his decision, the four-time MVP’s verdict regarding his NFL future for next season and beyond is eagerly awaited by others like the New York Jets. However, some individuals within the sport are less than thrilled with Rodgers’ current undertaking. On “The Pat McAfee Show” last week, Rodgers provided an explanation of the “darkness retreat.”
“I think it’s going to be important to get through this week and then to take my isolation retreat and just to be able to contemplate,” Rodgers said. “All things, my future, and then make a decision I feel like is best for me moving forward and the highest interest of my happiness.”
Rodgers continued, “I’ve had a number of friends who have done it and have had profound experiences. It’s something that’s been on my radar for a few years now, and I feel like it would be awesome to do regardless of where I was leaning after this season. It’s been on the calendar for months and months and months, and it’s coming up in a couple of days.”
Aaron Rodgers’ past retreats could impact interest from QB-Needy Teams, including the New York Jets who inquired about availability.
Rodgers’ penchant for life-changing retreats is well-known, including his previous consumption of ayahuasca in South America before securing back-to-back MVP awards in 2020 and 2021. Ayahuasca is an herbal drink known for its psychoactive properties that is used in the Amazon region.
While such journeys may turn off teams with a quarterback vacancy, the New York Jets have reportedly expressed interest in Rodgers, contacting the Packers about his availability via trade. However, Rodgers is still undecided on whether he will continue playing football.
New York believes they have a good chance of landing Rodgers due to the hiring of Nathaniel Hackett as their offensive coordinator. Rodgers has spoken highly of Hackett’s offensive acumen and the two worked together in Green Bay from 2019-2021.
The Las Vegas Raiders may reunite Rodgers and Adams, as Carr is expected to be released. Rodgers is open to restructuring his contract for the 2023 season, with $59.465 million guaranteed for the next season. Rodgers and Adams were the NFL’s best QB-WR duo for many years. With Carr’s departure imminent, and Rodgers growing up in the Bay Area near Vegas, a deal between the Packers and Raiders would make sense.
The Packers are waiting for Rodgers’ decision, with Jordan Love as a potential replacement. Love has not lived up to his first-round pedigree. The Utah State product hasn’t gotten a true shot at being QB1 either. He only has 606 career passing yards, 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions through 10 games. Not the best to say the least.
Rodgers has established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He has won numerous individual awards and led the Packers to multiple playoff appearances, including a Super Bowl championship in the 2010-2011 season. Rodgers has also set numerous NFL records, including the record for the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in a single season and the record for the most consecutive passes without an interception.
Love’s lack of production and questionable potential has given Rodgers a lot of leverage with the team over recent years, as they struggle to find his replacement. Rodgers has spent 18 seasons with the Packers and may enter his 19th NFL season. He was drafted 25th overall in 2005 out of Cal.