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Rodgers figures he's about halfway to career goal

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07:03 AM ET 06.10 | In a wide-ranging recent interview, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked about whether money has changed him, playing in Green Bay and if he would be ready to retire after his new contract expires following the 2019 season. Rodgers: I said (in the past) eight more. 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.

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June 10, 2013  08:23 AM ET

Soooo. His career goal is to play 16 years in the NFL? My goal is to work till 70 the retirement age in 20 years. Then you take me out to pasture.

June 10, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Although it may not seem that difficult of a goal. Unless Green Bay gives him a better OL he won't last that long.

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June 10, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Without a satisfactory O line and a running threat to occasionally take the pressure off AR, I don't see him making it another 8 years.

June 10, 2013  09:38 AM ET

OK, he went to college at UCal Berkeley, he's now in Green Bay, Wisconsin, so if we draw a great circle route and extrapolate....


He wants to play in Newfoundland!

June 10, 2013  09:41 AM ET

Let's wait a couple of years and see if he still thinks this way after he realizes Ted Thompson's never going to put anything beyond mediocre talent around him and realizes Dom Capers is completely washed up. Plus, Rodger's own contract is going to sink the franchise in a few years.

June 10, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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What, he wants to win only two Super Bowls?

That would be one more than his predecessor.

June 10, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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OK, he went to college at UCal Berkeley, he's now in Green Bay, Wisconsin, so if we draw a great circle route and extrapolate....He wants to play in Newfoundland!

That would have to be as a hockey player though, right?

June 10, 2013  09:51 AM ET

He's waffling about his retirement! He won't give us a specific date. He's complaining about his contract. It's now time for the media to hound him mercilessly for the next few years with vague questions, implications and innuendos. He's had his time as a hero and now it's time to turn him into a selfish, overpaid diva. Sports Journalism at its finest.

(In truth, it was a stupid gd "trap question" that he should have known better than even attempt to answer. It's one step removed from "when are you going to stop beating your wife?" and he should have recognized that! C'mon man!!)

June 10, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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That would have to be as a hockey player though, right?

I'm sure he'd be happy to collect $8 million a year to whomp cute little baby fur seals with a wooden club.

June 10, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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Although it may not seem that difficult of a goal. Unless Green Bay gives him a better OL he won't last that long.

And maybe a new defensive coordinator.

June 10, 2013  10:44 AM ET

Of the years he has been in football, he hasn't played in what, three of them, thus that helps his overall ability since he wasn't getting beat up those three years.
Sounds pretty sensible to me. He understands clearly, you've got to perform at a certain level to keep getting paid.

June 10, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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Let's wait a couple of years and see if he still thinks this way after he realizes Ted Thompson's never going to put anything beyond mediocre talent around him and realizes Dom Capers is completely washed up. Plus, Rodger's own contract is going to sink the franchise in a few years.

I think there was some of that fear in his statement. He know's 8 years is a long time and he took quite a beating last year and that can't keep happening. The 8 years was his max. He has no plans or desires to play beyond that and is hoping to be able to reach that.

June 10, 2013  10:53 AM ET

16 years in the NFL is incredible. Should he last that long playing at a high level, who can argue?

June 10, 2013  11:10 AM ET
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That would be one more than his predecessor.

Just give him a setup folks, and Otis is ready with a zinger.

June 10, 2013  11:30 AM ET
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What, he wants to win only two Super Bowls?

That's what came to my mind, too. Not a bad goal, even though the fanbase would want you to say 10 or something...

June 10, 2013  01:09 PM ET
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That's what came to my mind, too. Not a bad goal, even though the fanbase would want you to say 10 or something...

As a Packer fan I would love that but it's not realistic. Too much balance and competition to expect multiple championships in a few years' time. One of the many reasons the NFL far exceeds the NBA and MLB in fan interest.

June 10, 2013  01:47 PM ET
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That would have to be as a hockey player though, right?

He's gonna play for the Newfoundland Newfs! (Read "Paper Lion" by Plimpton)

 
June 10, 2013  02:54 PM ET

That's not good, he should be thinking he's only 10% their! That's how Brady Thinks!!!

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