From shortly before the opening night of the 2021 NFL Draft through the early days of summer, rumors and rumblings linked quarterback and reigning Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers with a seemingly imminent exit from the Green Bay Packers due to his supposed dissatisfaction with general manager Brian Gutekunst.
Rodgers ultimately returned to the organization, helped the Packers clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs before Week 18 and generated headlines Wednesday when he called out an MVP voter who referred to the signal-caller as "the biggest jerk in the league."
Somewhat lost in the noise created by that midweek news conference was Rodgers suggesting during an appearance on SiriusXM’s "The Adam Schein Podcast" that he could remain with the Packers for at least another season.
"The grass is greener where you water it," Rodgers explained, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. "I really believe that. And you know, that’s an adage to dissuade people from going out and taking risk and chances, and you know, I think that where you spend your time and energy and what you choose to water will always be the greenest part of your life. I decided when I came back that I was going to be all in with the team and all in to see things move forward to a better place. And that’s what the conversations were about, you know, during the offseason, was about being a part of those conversations that impact my ability to do my job.
"And I, you know, from one of the first days, Brian [Gutekunst] and I sat it down and got on the same page and it’s been a really nice fall and winter. I appreciate his approach, how it’s been, and it’s been very meaningful to me. So I’m thankful for that relationship, where it’s at at this point, and that’s made my life that much more enjoyable. So I gotta give Brian a lot of credit for meeting me in the middle."
There will, in time, be plenty of discussions and reports about Rodgers' future both before and after the start of the new NFL year in March. For now, the 38-year-old, who is the betting favorite to take home the fourth MVP Award of his career, is seemingly content with pursuing a second Super Bowl championship for his Hall of Fame resume.