Brian Gutekunst: Aaron Rodgers will definitely take time and I think that’s fair – ProFootballTalk

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Aaron Rodgers didn’t exactly look like a player intent on getting dressed again for another season when he held his post-match press conference after last Sunday’s loss to the Lions.

But the Packers don’t seem to want to push him out.

At his Friday press conference, Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst said he wants all the guys back, including Rodgers. But the Packers are going to give the quarterback the space he needs to decide whether or not he wants to keep playing.

“It will definitely take time. I think it’s fair,” Gutekunst said. “And as we work through that, I think if he takes his time, makes his decision just about his playing career in general, then we’ll come together and move forward that way.

“We made a really big commitment to him last offseason. So I think like we did, it definitely wasn’t fair for this year. So we’re going – like I said, he’s going to take his time and the communication will be pretty constant as we go along.

Gutekunst was asked why the Packers would want Rodgers back, given his game has waned in 2022 and the quarterback turns 40 next December.

“Well, definitely this year I think he was dealing with moving parts, injuries – things like that,” Gutekunst said. “It wasn’t a great year offensively for us overall. But I mean, you saw, he can still play at a very high level. Really liked the way he drove us. So I think as we move forward over the next month we’ll start to put these things together and see how it goes.

Rodgers said continuing to play for the Packers isn’t entirely up to him. But Gutekunst noted he gave Rodgers no indication the franchise didn’t want him, although the general manager admitted the middle of the season was tough for everyone.

“We had great conversations, as we always do,” Gutekunst said. “I spoke this week and it was really good conversations. I really respect the process he goes through after the season. He’s been doing this for a long time. What he goes through in the offseason to prepare for a season is significant. And I understand the decision he has to make about whether he wants to go through that. So, I’ve always tried to give him that time. We talked about the season, what went well past, what went wrong, what he liked, what he didn’t like, but not a lot of future things.

After earning his second straight MVP award last year, Rodgers completed 64.6% of his passes for 3,695 yards with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2022. His passer rating went from 111.9 to 91.1 .

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