Aaron Rodgers stated that he thought about retiring to avoid returning to the Packers, but decided against it. (1:00)
GREEN BAY (Wis.) -- Aaron Rodgers acknowledged he was considering retirement and detailed his offseason-long dispute with the Green Bay Packers. He said he is still not sure what, if any, will change.
He's back for a 17th year, and although there was much to digest from his 32-minute news conference after Wednesday's first training camp session, the core of the matter is this.
Rodgers stated, "I don't want to be part of conversations that impact my ability to do the job,"
When asked if he had any assurances it would happen, he replied: "I'm still not sure... at this point."
Rodgers talked about his disappointment at the Packers' decision to release or not resign veteran players at different points in his career. He rattled off nearly a dozen names, including those of Charles Woodson, Julius Peppers, Randall Cobb and Randall Cobb. This is in a trade with the Houston Texans.
Rodgers stated that he wanted to help the organization and learn from the mistakes of the past, as well as the treatment of some outgoing veterans. "And the fact that we didn’t retain a lot of players that I thought were core players to our team, and to our locker room. High-character guys."
Rodgers isn't sure what the future holds for him beyond this season. He said that while he doesn't rule out a return with the Packers, he was not told he would have the ability to decide where he plays in 2022.
Although it is clear that he has a beef with the upper management, he claimed he never asked for Brian Gutekunst to resign and described their relationship as "professional".
Rodgers was very specific about the areas he feels things have gone wrong, making it worthwhile to wonder if he wants to go back.
He said, "I do, i do." "I love my team. I love the city and my coaches. It's a lot of fun being back here."