How much longer will Aaron Rodgers play?

Jan 12, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter of the NFC divisional round playoff game at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers is going to turn 30 this year. To me he seems younger since we’ve only seen him at the forefront of the NFL landscape for 5 seasons, almost forgetting all that time he rode the bench behind Brett Favre.

But Green Bay Packers fans don’t need to worry quite yet about their quarterback of the future. Despite looking at turning 30 in December, Rodgers say he thinks he can play for another 7 seasons.

“I said [in the past] eight more [years],” Rodgers said, via the Green Bay Gazette.  “I played eight [seasons], I think I can get eight more.  But this contract, the way it’s set up, it’s not comparable to some of the other similar contracts where the cap number becomes so large at the end of three and four and five [years] where they might have to re-do it.  I think we can legitimately see this all the way through seven years.  Now that would take very consistent play from me, for me to be worth those numbers for the next seven years.  But I fully expect to play well and if I can play seven more good years and we can have some more success and win a couple more [titles], then it might be time to hang it up.”

That time on the bench might actually allow Aaron Rodgers to play longer then 7 seasons, having delayed the inevitable NFL punishment. At that point he will be kicking off the season at a relatively young 36 years old.

But if NFL history, or Green Bay’s for that matter, is any indicator, he could be looking for a new team at that age. The Indianapolis Colts chose to go young with Andrew Luck leaving Peyton Manning free to sign with the Denver Broncos.

As of right now it seems like Rodgers would be content walking away at 7 contracts and not clinging to NFL life even if it means leaving the only franchise he’s played for. They all say that though until that time comes.

Topics: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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  • JaKa

    You’ve got to figure what the going rate is going to be on a one or two year contract for him six years from now and the need of whatever teams are doing what at the time. Suppose some team has become a real contender, but the Qb has his throwing are go out, or knees going out, and they need someone to take them to the promised game. Along comes Rodgers for $20 million in a one year (even 15 mil) deal? Is it worth it to him? Ya, the loyalty thing is (or was) nice to see, but for that kind of cash? Who wouldn’t play the extra year if all it meant was packing up and going for one year to play somewhere else? I’d go, remember Favre? Judging by that, Green Bay isn’t going to match that kind of cash, even if he’s healthy. Qb’s in the NFL need a couple years to fit right with the systems, in this day and age.