Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to mull 'tough decision' about future


The Packers lost to the 49ers.

After a stunning early playoff exit, Rodgers shares his thoughts on his future with the Packers. (0:48)

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It will be easier for Rodgers to return to the Green Bay Packers next season.

Rodgers doesn't want to be part of a rebuild if he's going to keep playing.

The 38 year old believes he has a difficult decision to make about his football future.

He didn't think he would have to think about it so soon. The San Francisco 49ers upset the top-seeded Packers in the playoffs on Saturday, which meant that Rodgers took the blame for the offense's poor performance.

Rodgers told reporters after the game that it was going to be a tough decision, but he was still competitive and knew he could play at a high level. I have a lot of decisions to make in the coming weeks. I'm very thankful for all the men and women that work here, the men I've gotten to cross paths with over the years, and I'm very proud of this city and this organization.

The Packers made it clear that they are not ready to move on from Rodgers, who is the favorite to win his fourth NFL Most Valuable Player award.

The Packers failed to reach the Super Bowl for the second year in a row, but coach Matt LaFleur wants him back. We would be crazy not to want him back here. He's going to be the two-time Most Valuable Player. This guy does so much for our football team, not only what you see on Sunday's or every game day, but what he does in that locker room, how he leads. I'm very disappointed that we couldn't get over the hump for him, but for everybody in that locker room.

Rodgers failed to throw a touchdown pass in a playoff game for the first time since the 2010 NFC Championship Game and the Packers lost to the 49ers for the fourth time in the playoffs. His Total QBR was the worst of his career.

The Packers only scored three points on their final nine drives. It was the first time since the season opener that they did not score a touchdown.

Rodgers was sacked a season-high five times, and he didn't have a great night. They did a good job of getting me off the spot and taking away some of the quick game we got going last time we played them. I missed a few reads. I should have taken a few hole-shot chances. If I hit Allen deep in the last drive, that will probably get us out to the middle of the field, and we're a couple first downs away from being in field goal range.

I was definitely disappointed by some of the decisions I made tonight. I take a lot of the blame tonight.

The way the season ended could affect his decision. Gutekunst will have a plan for this team moving forward. He said his relationship with Gutekunst has improved since they met to discuss the issues that nearly prevented Rodgers from returning for the 2021 season.

Rodgers said that it will be interesting to see which way some of the decisions are made. I'll have the conversations with Brian in the next week or so and I'll think about my own future and how long I want to keep doing this.

He said last month that he wouldn't drag out his decision, but on Saturday he said he would make his decision no later than March 16.

Before training camp opened in July, Rodgers decided to return to the Packers. Rodgers can return to the Packers, ask for a trade or retire. The team would need to reduce his salary-cap charge in order for him to return.

Even so, it wouldn't be certain that the Packers could re-sign Adams. The Packers are $44.8 million over their projected salary cap for the upcoming season, which raises the question of whether they will be able to field as strong of a Super Bowl contender as they've had in LaFleur's first three seasons.

"That's a fair question, definitely one I've thought about," Rodgers said. There are a lot of decisions to be made. There are a lot of decisions to be made with many guys' contracts up or on the verge. I don't want to be part of a rebuild if I'm going to keep playing, so a lot of decisions in the next couple months.