Aaron Rodgers claims he is not worried about his future with the Green Bay Packers after the team lined up Jordan Love.
“I enjoy every moment, every season,” Rodgers told reporters. “I don’t take it for granted. I don’t know what the future holds. I know that this year I can control my game and my approach and my attitude. “
Two-time MVP Rodgers is under contract for the next four seasons, and the 36-year-old quarterback previously spoke of his desire to follow peers Tom Brady and Drew Brees into his 40s.
But like Brady and his predecessor Brett Favre in Green Bay, it seems likely Rodgers would end his career elsewhere if he played so long after the Packers picked out love for this year’s NFL Draft first round.
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While Rodgers will be the starter in 2020, while Love learns the tricks of the trade, there will be constant speculation about when the transition to former Utah state quarterback in Wisconsin will begin.
“There are many hypothetical questions here; I’m not always a big fan of guessing those things, ”said Rodgers. “But of course I said that before – I think if I retire on the team’s timeline, everything will be fine. If they want to move on before I finish playing, there will be a deadlock at that point. I can control my game and my performance and my approach and my leadership, but at some point other factors are involved. “
Rodgers said he poured himself “four fingers” of tequila when he learned that in April the Packers lined up Love instead of a wide receiver who could immediately help him return to the Super Bowl.
His head coach, Matt LaFleur, said he believes Rodgers will remain the starter “very long”, but that neither he nor his quarterback would speculate on the details of that time frame.
“Right now, especially, Aaron is our quarterback, and I’ve been seeing him here for a long time,” LaFleur said this week. “As long as that is, I don’t think anyone knows. Nothing is guaranteed in this competition. But I’m so lucky to be able to work with him every day. “
Rodgers was named to his eighth Pro Bowl last season after throwing over 4,000 yards for the eighth time in his career.