A lot of great quarterbacks have finished their careers with teams other than the ones where they established their legacy.
Joe Montana with the Chiefs, Joe Namath with the Rams, and as we all know, Brett Favre with the goddam Vikings. Those are just a few examples.
Aaron Rodgers does not want to go that way. He’s said it before and he’s said it again.
AR says he’s on the back nine of his career, a magnificent golf metaphor, but he plans on finishing it where he started it.
“I think we all have numbers,” Rodgers said. “When I was a young player, I remember thinking as I looked at some of the older guys, if I got to five that’d be cool, or eight, or anything after 10 would be amazing. For me, I think the longevity is tied to being a Green Bay Packer. I’d like to finish my career in Green Bay.”
It’s interesting that he says his longevity is tied to being a Packer.
We’ve all questioned this — especially when the Packers released Josh Sitton last year, but the Packers have — save for Marshall Newhouse at left tackle — always tried to put a decent line in front of Rodgers.
That, in theory, keeps him healthy.
We are not convinced that they’ve done their best to supply him with weapons at the skill positions to their best ability. And while they’ve talked about building a championship defense, one of those hasn’t been around since Charles Woodson’s days.
Aaron Rodgers will always be the man, so long as he’s in Green Bay.
We know the Packers are content to roll with that. Trust AR’s greatness, put some guys around him and maybe this is our year.
Maybe it is. But the Packers, by the way they currently operate, will only be going as far as Aaron Rodgers takes them.
And nine more years? We’ll take nine more years of quarterbacking excellence.