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'Is it time?' Packers QB Aaron Rodgers contemplates his future

Retirement possible, but so is “hell no” and the fire to keep playing

The older guys he referenced were receiver Randall Cobb, with whom he shared a postgame hug and walk off the field and up the tunnel, along with kicker Mason Crosby, tight end Marcedes Lewis, and left tackle David Bakhtiari. He expressed his gratitude for all of their friendships and the moments they've shared on and off the field.

This season was "frustrating at times" but also full of "beautiful moments" and "life lessons" for Rodgers. The offense was making a major transition without All-Pro receiver Davante Adams, and the growing pains with young players were evident along the way.

Through the ups and downs, coming off his third and fourth league MVP awards in 2020-21, Rodgers wound up throwing 12 interceptions, most since his first season as a starter in 2008. His 91.1 passer rating was a career low, and he didn't have a 300-yard passing game for the first time in his career.

He did answer "yes" when asked whether he believes he's still got it, and Head Coach Matt LaFleur certainly couched the un-Rodgers-like numbers in the difficulties the offense experienced as a whole, which can be attributed to both youth and several injuries early on, including some of Rodgers' own.

"I think that there's a lot of good young talent on the team," Rodgers said. "If certain guys make the jumps from Years 1 to 2, this offense could look a lot different."

Ultimately, he gave the impression that won't play as big a factor as his personal feelings and the organization's at this stage. He acknowledged the front office may want to turn it over to Love, which would leave him deciding either to retire or play elsewhere, and whether or not he remains with the Packers needs to be "mutual."

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