With the Packers starting 4-1 this year, the Aaron Rodgers drama that dominated the off-season seems like a distant memory. However, once the 2021 season ends, there’s a good chance last year’s drama will pick up exactly where it left off, and that’s because Rodgers still doesn’t seem particularly keen on staying in Green Bay.
If Rodgers ends up leaving, there will be one team he definitely won’t play for in 2022 or ever, and that team is the Chicago Bears. During his press conference on Wednesday, the Packers quarterback was asked if he could ever imagine playing for the Bears and he didn’t hesitate in his response.
“No, no,” Rodgers said over Packerwire. “It’s just not going to happen, man.”
That answer likely caused a sigh of relief among Packers fans, who definitely don’t want their star quarterback to play for a division rival, especially after what happened about 10 years ago. After a chaotic divorce from the Packers after the 2007 season, Brett Favre was traded to the Jets in 2008, but eventually ended up with the Vikings. Rodgers is now in a similar situation: with he’s signed for 2022, he’ll likely have to be swapped if he leaves. When that happens, it’s not crazy to imagine a scenario where he stays with a team for a year (2022) and then picks a team the following season, like Favre did.
The good news for Packers fans is that it doesn’t sound like Rodgers is picking the bears. Rodgers was asked about his interest in Chicago after complimenting Bears fans during his press conference.
“I’ve always enjoyed the city, enjoyed the fans even when they didn’t enjoy me, I see,” Rodgers said. “Maybe there will be a little more love when my time here is over. But I have a lot of respect for the city and the sport.”
Rodgers is probably pretty excited to play the Bears this weekend, and that’s because he almost never loses to them. The Packers quarterback has faced the Bears a total of 26 times in his career and is 21-5 against them. Since Matt LaFleur was hired in 2019, the Packers have been 4-0 against the Bears and have won those four games averaging 12.5 points per game.
In this week’s game, Rodgers will face Justin Fields, the eighth Bears quarterback Rodgers will face in his career. While the Bears Rodgers won’t land, they’ll likely do just fine with it, given Fields’ ability to provide the continuity in the quarterback position that the team has lacked for several decades.
Chicago Bears +5