Aaron Rodgers imagines what it’d be like playing for the Bears
Aaron Rodgers in a Chicago Bears uniform is a scary thought for him.
Aaron Rodgers realizes he may not play his entire NFL career with the Green Bay Packers.
Rodgers is the first guest on The Ringer’s “10 Questions with Kyle Brandt” podcast, dropping on Aug. 12. About two weeks out, The Ringer released a snippet of Brandt’s conversation with the Packers’ future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback. They discuss Green Bay drafting Jordan Love in the first round this year and if can envision himself playing for the Chicago Bears.
When asked by Brandt how he think he’d look in a Bears uniform, Rodgers offered this: “Oh man, that’s a tough thought right there, man.” The Packers’ oldest rival is the Bears. Suiting up for the enemy is borderline unthinkable, right? Well, his Green Bay quarterback predecessor Brett Favre did end his career playing for another division rival in the Minnesota Vikings, so it could happen.
What are the chances Aaron Rodgers finishes his NFL career somewhere else?
Rodgers is 36 years old and is under contract with the Packers through the 2023, his age-39 season. However, there is a potential out of Rodgers’ contract after the 2021 season. He could be entering his age-38 season playing for someone else, even the Bears. Rodgers says he plans to play into his 40s, so he’s probably going to have to play elsewhere if he wants to achieve this.
Green Bay used a first-round pick on Love this past spring. The former Utah State Aggies standout inked a four-year deal with the Packers, which will have him on the team through 2023. Given that he was a first-born pick, there is a fifth-year option built into his rookie deal, so he could be with the Packers through 2024 before potentially being franchise tagged. Of course, he has to play first.
That’s where this becomes an issue. Rodgers is the same age that Favre was when he was drafted in the 20s out of Cal back in 2005. Despite Favre’s up-and-down play, Rodgers had to wait until 2008 to be the Packers’ full-time starter, his fourth year in the league. Though we should expect Love to ride pine this year and next, Green Bay will need to see what he’s about at some point.
Rodgers could have two years left with the Packers, so maybe he does go to the Bears in 2022?