Aaron Rodgers embarks on his four-day «darkness retreat» on Monday, which he believes will provide clarity on what the future of the NFL holds for him next season and beyond.
While the Green Bay Packers are certainly awaiting his decision, others like the New York Jets are also waiting to hear from the four-time MVP.
However, there are some in the game who don’t find what Rodgers does all that much fun.
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«There was shock among some people in the league or on the team that I brought this up with, the reaction was: I can see why the Packers would consider trading him. He seems like a nice guy, but he might be more trouble than he’s worth.» NBC’s Peter King wrote on the Monday after Super Bowl LVII.
Rodgers explained what this recall is on «The Pat McAfee Show» last week.
“I think it’s going to be important to get through this week and then take my isolation retreat and just be able to contemplate,” Rodgers said. «All things, my future, and then making a decision that I feel is best moving forward and in the best interest of my happiness.
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«I’ve had a number of friends do it and have profound experiences. It’s something that’s been on my radar for a few years now and I feel like it would be awesome to do regardless of where I leaned after this. It’s been on the calendar for months and months and months, and it will arrive in a couple of days.
Rodgers’ involvement in these life-changing retreats is nothing new. He has been open to going to one where he consumed ayahuasca in South America before winning back-to-back MVPs in 2020 and 2021.
Ayahuasca is described as a herbal drink that is used by the countries of the Amazon, producing a psychoactive effect.
Perhaps these trips for Rodgers could alienate teams that may need quarterbacks. However, the Jets have reportedly contacted the Packers to inquire about his availability through a trade, though Rodgers is still debating whether he wants to continue playing football.
New York believes they have appeal for Rodgers because of the hiring of Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator. Things didn’t work out for him as head coach with the Denver Broncos, but Rodgers praised Hackett’s offensive mind. They were together in Green Bay from 2019-21.
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«I love Hack. Hack is my boy. I love him and Megan and the kids,» Rodgers told McAfee during a separate podcast episode. «They’re really special to me. We got really close when he was in Green Bay. He made it fun. He made the bedroom fun. He made the weeks fun.»
The Las Vegas Raiders are also expected to be a team interested in pairing Rodgers with Davante Adams again. Derek Carr is no longer the type to franchise him under center, as he is expected to be released soon to become a free agent.
Rodgers also signaled that he is willing to rework his contract for the 2023 season, which has a salary cap of $31.6 million. He has $59.465 million guaranteed to play for next season.
The Packers are at a standstill until Rodgers finally makes his decision. They have former first-round pick Jordan Love waiting in the wings if Rodgers decides he doesn’t want to be in Green Bay anymore.
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If he decides to play, Rodgers will enter his 19th year in the NFL. He spent 18 seasons in Green Bay after being selected 24th overall by Cal in the 2005 NFL Draft.