For the second straight year, the Packers are going to be dealing with some quarterback drama this offseason, and although Aaron Rodgers ended up returning to the team for the 2021 season, Packers legend Brett Favre doesn't think the same thing is going to happen this offseason.
During an interview with WNSP-FM in Alabama this week, Favre was asked about Green Bay's precarious situation at quarterback, and he revealed that he thinks this will finally be the year where Rodgers actually leaves.
"Where do the Packers go from here? That's a good question," Favre said. "I think we may have seen the last of Aaron in Green Bay. I don't know that for certain, it's just a gut [feeling]. He may try his hand somewhere else."
Favre then pointed out that plenty of players have found success after leaving a team they've been with their entire career.
"It's not uncommon for a guy to switch teams after a long productive career somewhere else," Favre said.
The Pro Football Hall of Famer, who said he regularly talks to Rodgers, also offered some interesting advice for the reigning NFL MVP.
"My advice would be, if your gut is telling you, 'I want to try my hand somewhere else. It's kind of gotten stale here or stagnant or numb or whatever the feeling is, then go give it a try,'" Favre said. "I think sometimes, it's reinvigorating."
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No one knows what Rodgers' gut is telling him, but the fact that he's been on the fence about leaving for nearly two years should tell you all you need to know. Earlier this week, Rodgers wouldn't commit to returning to Green Bay when he was asked by Pat McAfree if he would be retiring, returning to the Packers or looking to play for another team. (For a detailed breakdown of Rodgers' options, click here.)
"Everything is definitely on the table," Rodgers said. "There are things that seem more plausible or more likely ... (but) I understand that my decision does impact a number of other people's decisions, and I wanna be very sensitive to that. And so I will make a decision sooner rather than later."
Unlike last year, when the Rodgers drama went all the way until late July, the Packers quarterback hinted that he's going to make his decision before free agency starts on March 16. One thing Rodgers did make clear is that he doesn't want to be part of a rebuild, so he'll be watching closely to see what the Packers do to fix their salary cap problem. Heading into the offseason, the Packers are a projected to be nearly $45 million OVER the salary cap.
As for Favre, he pointed out that going to a new team can be reinvigorating, something that Tom Brady agreed with when the two had a conversation about it at some point last year.
"I talked to Tom and he and I both agreed that it's kind of like starting over again," Favre said. "There's something exciting about that. I would say act on it, because the one thing is if you don't, you're always going to regret not acting on that impulse."
One intriguing landing spot for Rodgers would be Denver. The Broncos just hired former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, and the quarterback said in November that he might be willing to join Hackett somewhere else.
"Hack has been a really important part of our culture change and a part of our success on offense," Rodgers said, via ESPN. "I love him. Hope he doesn't go anywhere. Unless I do."
The big thing working in the Packers' favor is that Rodgers is still under contract, which means if he wants to leave, it won't be easy. However, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported last August that the team would be willing to trade him after the 2021 season if he still wanted out, and if that's the case, then Favre might be right and we might've already seen Rodgers play his last down for the Packers.