Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said after the Green Bay Packers’ season ended with a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game Sunday that his football future is uncertain and he’ll need to take some time away to ponder the possibilities.
“A lot of the guys’ futures that are uncertain, myself included, that’s what’s sad about it most, getting this far,” Rodgers said in a postgame video news conference. “Obviously there’s going to be an end to it at some point, whether we make it past this one or not. But just the uncertainty is tough and the finality of it all.”
Packers coach Matt LaFleur said he expects Rodgers, 37, to be back with the team next season.
“I sure as hell hope so,” LaFleur said. “I mean, the guy’s the MVP of this league. He is the heart and soul of our football team. So hell yeah, he’d better be back here. He’s our leader.”
Rodgers’s contract runs through the 2023 season. The Packers used a first-round choice in last year’s NFL draft on quarterback Jordan Love. Rodgers responded with a brilliant season that could earn him the league MVP award. But with Sunday’s 31-26 defeat, the Packers remained stuck on one Super Bowl appearance during Rodgers’s tenure. They’ve lost the past two NFC Championship games.
Rodgers was asked at the end of his news conference about his next steps.
“That’s a good question,” Rodgers said. “I don’t know. I really don’t. There’s a lot of unknowns going into this offseason now. I’m just going to have to take some time away for sure and clear my head and just kind of see what’s going on with everything. But it’s pretty tough right now, especially thinking about the guys that may or may not be here next year.
“There’s always change. That’s the only constant in this business. It’s really tough to get to this point - really, really tough. . . . It’s a grind just to get to this point. And that makes the finality of it all kind of hit you like a ton of bricks. That’s why it’s a gutting feeling in your stomach. . . . I’ll always be thankful for this season.”
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Olsen to retire after 14 seasons
Veteran tight end Greg Olsen announced he is ending his 14-year career to join Fox as a game analyst.
The first tight end with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, Olsen, 35, played for the Bears, Panthers, and Seahawks.
“Proud of what I was able to accomplish in this league, proud of the relationships and everything that the game has given me,” Olsen said on Fox. “But sometimes, when it’s time it’s time, and my time in the NFL now has come to an end. I’m excited for the next chapter.”
In his nine seasons with Carolina, Olsen made three Pro Bowls and one Super Bowl and had 524 catches for 6,463 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also was a team leader for the Panthers.
Olsen spent his final season in Seattle, making 24 receptions and scoring once. Overall, he made 742 receptions for 8,683 yards and 60 TDs.
Report: Lions to hire Dorsey for front office
The Detroit Lions are expected to hire John Dorsey as a senior personnel executive, the NFL Network reported Sunday, citing sources informed of the situation.
The former Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns general manager spent 2020 with the Philadelphia Eagles as a consultant, helping with college and pro scouting. He’s expected to have a more significant role in the move to Detroit.
The Lions are also expected to hire Ray Agnew as assistant GM, according to the NFL Network. Agnew served alongside new Lions GM Brad Holmes as the Rams’ director of pro personnel for the past four seasons.
New coach may not placate Watson
Quarterback Deshaun Watson is not expected to back off his demand to be traded, no matter who the Texans hire as their head coach, ESPN reported.
The Texans are expected to request a second interview with Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and could ask for a second interview with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy after Sunday’s AFC Championship game, ESPN reported.
Frazier privately has told some people that he thinks he has a legitimate chance to land the Texans’ job and has tried assembling a coaching staff in the event that he does. Bieniemy had a strong staff, but some of his candidates are beginning to accept other jobs.
Watson has been upset with the Texans over, among other issues, the process they used to hire general manager Nick Caserio. After he had made some recommendations for people he wanted the team to speak with, Caserio was quickly hired.