Aaron Rodgers denies shirt swap after loss to Lions, retirement speculation begins

Needing just one more win to reach the playoffs, the Green Bay Packers were surprisingly beaten by division rival Detroit Lions, 20-16, Sunday night at Lambeau Field.

As the Lions celebrated, veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers walked onto the field to offer his congratulations before heading to the locker room.

But he had an interesting trade with rookie receiver Jameson Williams, who wanted to swap jerseys with Rodgers.

Swapping jerseys at the end of a game is relatively common in the NFL.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) waves to fans as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Monday, 19 December 2022.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) waves to fans as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Monday, 19 December 2022.
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Although he’s done it in the past with other players, Rodgers was heard saying, “I’m going to hang on to this one.”

It could be nothing, or it could be something, but speculation about Rodgers’ future in Green Bay is sure to heat up now.

Not only was that exchange overheard, but Rodgers’ body language after the game was interesting to watch. He was slow to leave the field, staring into the stands as if drinking in the moment.

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Randall Cobb, his longtime friend and teammate, also walked with him down the tunnel towards the locker room, both arms around each other, sharing a conversation.

It’s not the first time Rodgers’ future with the team has been mooted.

Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams celebrates after scoring during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Jan. 8, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams celebrates after scoring during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Jan. 8, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
(AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Rodgers signed a three-year, $150 million contract with the Packers last offseason that would see him through the 2026 season at age 43. However, there are options in his contract for 2023 and 2024.

Because of that, reporters told Rodgers what he wanted to do this season, but he didn’t move to give a definitive answer.

While Rodgers hasn’t hinted he wants to leave, he hasn’t denied rumors that he’ll be moving to a new team for the first time since entering the league in 2005 with Green Bay.

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If this is his last game as a Packer, Rodgers, a future Hall of Famer, would walk away with four All-Pros and 10 Pro Bowl selections as well as four MVP trophies and a ring from the 2011 Super Bowl, where he was also MVP. in this contest.

Rodgers would part with a 147-75-1 record in his 18 years with the Packers, totaling 475 touchdowns along the way.

But again, who knows? Rodgers could add to those totals next season.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) expires while warming up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) expires while warming up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022.
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Rodgers couldn’t put together that game-winning drive like he has so many times in the past in games like this on Sunday night, as he threw an interception to Lions safety Kerby Joseph after Detroit took a 20-16 lead over Jamaal Williams. ‘ second touchdown of the evening.

Jared Goff and the Lions offense did what they had to on the ensuing possession, killing the clock and frosting their win to play the spoiler.

While the Lions were already eliminated from the playoffs, they sent the Seattle Seahawks to the big ball next weekend.

Aaron Rodgers (12) of the Green Bay Packers reacts after throwing a third quarter touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on January 08, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Aaron Rodgers (12) of the Green Bay Packers reacts after throwing a third quarter touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on January 08, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
(Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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Now, as the Packers look to reflect after a roller-coaster season, all eyes will be on their starting quarterback and what conclusion he draws from it heading into next season.

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