The Green Bay Packers are in a holding pattern right now. Green Bay can’t proceed with any offseason plans until QB Aaron Rodgers decides on whether or not he’s playing in 2023 (and if he’s playing in Green Bay).
For now, all the Packers can do is just wait. Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Rodgers had spoken with the New York Jets. If the Jets went rogue and spoke with Rodgers on their own, it would be considered tampering.
#Packers President Mark Murphy on telecast of Girls State Basketball Tournament confirms team will honor trade request from @AaronRodgers12 if he wants it, confirms they gave permission to #Jets, and that everyone expects resolution by the start of free agency
— Chris Roth (@rothchris) March 10, 2023
Most folks assumed, however, that Green Bay gave the Jets permission to speak with Rodgers, which would signal that they’re letting Rodgers drive the boat and the Packers are simply going to go along with whatever the future Hall of Fame QB chooses to do.
On Friday, Packers team president Mark Murphy said during the telecast of the Girls State Basketball Tournament that Green Bay would honor a trade request from Rodgers if that’s what he wants.
Murphy also confirmed that the Packers gave the Jets permission to speak with the legendary QB. Murphy also said that Green Bay would welcome Rodgers back in 2023.
There was also this during Mark Murphy’s interview:
Q: Is there a scenario where Aaron is still the starting QB of the Packers next season?
MURPHY: Yeah, I mean unless, if things don’t work out the way we want them, yeah, we would. He is obviously a great player.”
— Dave Schroeder (@SchroederWBAY) March 10, 2023
Though his comments indicated that the franchise would prefer to move forward without Rodgers. It should be a wild next few days for the Packers. I wouldn’t expect Rodgers’ decision to drag out much longer as he wouldn’t be doing whichever team he plays for in 2023 any favors with free agency starting next week.