After a long period of speculation, Aaron Rodgers has finally left the Green Bay Packers. The quarterback announced his departure from the team in an Instagram post on Tuesday evening, thanking a host of people for his time with the franchise. He also looked to the future, saying “This is not the end for us” and promising to see Green Bay again.
Rodgers will now join the New York Jets, with his introductory news conference set to take place on Wednesday. The quarterback has already been praised by Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst, who said he has “so much respect” for Rodgers as a player and a person.
Retirement and Hall of Fame
Despite his departure, the Packers have made it clear that Rodgers will always be a part of the team’s history. They plan to retire his No. 12 and place his name on the Lambeau Field facade when he is eventually elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Rodgers has been a key figure for the Packers in recent years, helping the team to reach the playoffs on numerous occasions. He has also been praised for his leadership and dedication to the franchise.
A Missed Conversation
Gutekunst has expressed his regret at not being able to speak to Rodgers before the trade was made. Their last conversation took place in January, shortly after the end of the season. Gutekunst has said that he attempted to contact Rodgers on multiple occasions, but never received a response.
Despite this, Gutekunst has praised Rodgers for his contributions to the Packers and his professionalism throughout the process. He has also expressed excitement about the future of the team.
A Fond Farewell
Rodgers signed off his Instagram post by thanking fans for their support, saying “It was my honor to be your QB.” He also mentioned several members of the Packers organization by name, thanking them for their stewardship of the franchise.
While Rodgers’ departure will be a blow for the Packers, the team is looking forward to the future and the opportunities that lie ahead. As for Rodgers, he is ready to begin a new chapter with the New York Jets and continue to make his mark on the NFL.
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