Aaron Rodgers ends darkness retreat early as decision on his future looms

Aaron Rodgers could return to the Packers, ask for a trade, or retire.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Aaron Rodgers could return to the Packers, ask for a trade, or retire. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Aaron Rogers’ dark hideout has come to an end, the owner of an Oregon facility. told ESPN.

Rogers left Sky Cave Retreats on Wednesday, two days after reportedly entering on Monday. Rogers originally told The Pat McAfee Show that he would spend four days in total darkness “to think it over” and “make the decision that I feel is best for me moving forward in the best interests of my happiness.”

This both concludes and resumes Rodgers’ wild saga in the 2023 off-season. He and the Green Bay Packers have an important choice to make when it comes to the future of both the quarterback and the team: Rodgers and the Packers can either stay together or go their separate ways, either through a trade or retirement. All options have been discussed and analyzed already this offseason, and it is impossible to know which direction the wind will blow until the Rodgers and Packers make a decision.

Three variants of Rogers

For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reported on Wednesday (although it’s not clear if this report was before or after Rogers walked out of his retreat) that Packers believe Rogers will return to the team. The Packers will also receive $40.3 million in 2023 if the team sells Rodgers before June 1, or $15.8 million in 2023 if he is sold after June 1. Over the cap. If Rodgers stays in Green Bay, it will cost the team $59.465 million this season.

It would also complicate things with Jordan Love. Former 2020 first round pick reportedly seemed uninterested in sitting behind Rogers for another season and could look for a trade himself.

Regarding Rogers, New York Jets perhaps the most famous fan if the Packers decide to walk away from the 39-year-old. They have been linked to several veteran quarterbacks like Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo and Ryan Tannehill due to their coaching connections, but none is more important than hiring former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who coached Rodgers at Green Bay. The prospect of Rodgers reuniting with wide receiver Davante Adams for the Las Vegas Raiders is also rumored to be an option, but in fact, any team looking for an experienced passer can look into Rodgers’ availability and cost.

The third and last possibility is, of course, retirement. Although this is the least likely scenario, it is still under discussion. Rodgers reportedly considered retiring from football before signing his mega deal last offseason and recently said he was “either all or all” – which could also just be a reference to his Packers affection.

Facilities for Rogers’ retreat in the dark

ESPN’s Xuan Tai spoke to Scott Bermanthe owner of Sky Cave Retreats, where Rogers has spent the last few days, about the facility and experience.

Berman described the room as “partly underground, a 300-square-foot hobbit-like structure devoid of light, with a queen-size bed, a bathtub, and a meditation-like rug on the floor.” The room has light and electricity that can be turned on at any time from the room. Berman said he checks on guests once a day and there are no rules about staying in total darkness.


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