Needing just one more win to make the playoffs, the Green Bay Packers were stunningly blown out by the division rival Detroit Lions, 20-16, on Sunday night at Lambeau Field.
As the Lions celebrated, veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers walked down the field to offer his congratulations before heading to the locker room.
But he had an interesting trade with rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams, who wanted to trade jerseys with Rodgers.
Swapping jerseys at the end of a game is a relatively common occurrence in the NFL.
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Although he has done it in the past with other players, Rodgers was heard to say, «I’m going to hold on to this one.»
It could be nothing, or it could be something, but speculation about Rodgers’ future in Green Bay is sure to intensify now.
Not only was this exchange heard, but Rodgers’ body language after the game was interesting to watch. He was slow to leave the field, looking into the stands as if he was drinking at the moment.
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Randall Cobb, his old friend and teammate, also walked with him down the tunnel to the locker room, the two of them holding each other and sharing a conversation.
This isn’t the first time Rodgers’ future with the team has been mentioned.
Rodgers signed a three-year, $150 million deal with the Packers last offseason, which would see him through the 2026 season at age 43. However, there are options in his deal for 2023 and 2024.
Because of that, reporters have criticized Rodgers about what he wants to do after this season, but he hasn’t budged on a definitive answer.
While Rodgers hasn’t hinted he wants to leave, he also hasn’t denied rumors that he’s moving to a new team for the first time since he broke into the league in 2005 with Green Bay.
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If this is his last game as a Packer, future Hall of Famer Rodgers would walk away with four All-Pros and 10 Pro Bowl selections, as well as four MVP trophies and a 2011 Super Bowl ring, where he also it was MVP. in that contest.
Rodgers would leave with a 147-75-1 record in his 18 years with the Packers, totaling 475 touchdowns along the way.
But again, who knows? Rodgers could add to those totals next season.
Rodgers couldn’t put together that game-winning drive like he has so many times in the past in games like this Sunday night, as he threw an interception to Lions safety Kerby Joseph after Detroit took a 20-lead. 16 over Jamaal Williams. Second touchdown of the night.
Jared Goff and the Lions offense did what they had to do on the next possession, killing the clock and freezing their win for spoiler play.
While the Lions have already been knocked out of the playoffs, they sent the Seattle Seahawks to the big dance the next weekend.
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Now, as the Packers look to reflect after a rollercoaster season, all eyes will be on their starting quarterback and what conclusion he draws heading into next season.