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Aaron Rodgers unsure on Packers future after Jordan Love’s arrival

Aaron Rodgers claims he is not fretting about his future with the Green Bay Packers after the team drafted Jordan Love.

“I savor every moment, every season,” Rodgers told reporters. “I don’t take any of it for granted. I don’t know what the future holds. I know I can control this year and my play and my approach and my attitude.”

Two-time MVP Rodgers is under contract through the next four seasons and the 36-year-old quarterback has previously spoken of his desire to follow peers Tom Brady and Drew Brees and play in his 40s.

However, like Brady and his Green Bay predecessor Brett Favre, it seems likely Rodgers will end his career elsewhere should he play that long after the Packers traded up to select Love in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft.

While Rodgers will be the starter in 2020 while Love learns the ropes, there will be constant speculation about when the transition to the ex-Utah State quarterback will begin in Wisconsin.

“There’s been a lot of hypothetical questions on here; I’m not always a huge fan of guessing those things,” Rodgers said. “But obviously, I’ve said that before — I think if I retire on the team’s timeline, then all is well. If they’re looking to move on before I’m done playing, there becomes an impasse at that point. I can control my play and my performance and my approach and my leadership, but at some point, there’s other factors involved.”

Rodgers said he poured himself “four fingers” of tequila upon learning the Packers were drafting Love in April rather than a wide receiver that could offer him immediate help in trying to return to the Super Bowl.

His head coach, Matt LaFleur, said he believes Rodgers will remain the starter “for a really long time,” but neither he nor his quarterback would speculate on the specifics of that timeframe.

“Right now, most importantly, Aaron’s our quarterback, and I see him here for a really long time,” LaFleur said this week. “However long that is, I don’t think anybody knows. Nothing’s guaranteed in this league. But I feel so lucky to be able to work with him on a daily basis.”

Rodgers was named to his eighth Pro Bowl last season, having thrown for over 4,000 yards for the eighth time in his career.

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