- Rodgers, 39, sustained the season-ending injury in his official debut vs. Buffalo
- He previously told McAfee of his intent to leave Green Bay for NYC in the spring
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Aaron Rodgers is planning to reveal the next steps in his career on the Pat McAfee Show on ESPN, as fans eagerly await news on what’s to come for the Jets quarterback after his season-ending Achilles injury.
‘Aaron is a very unique and interesting person and he has a lot of thinking to do,’ a source exclusively told DailyMail.com on Wednesday – two days after Rodgers, 39, tore his Achilles in his official debut for New York against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium.
The Super Bowl XLV winner and four-time league MVP left the field limping after only calling four snaps in what has become an abrupt and premature ending to his highly anticipated first season as the Jets’ signal-caller.
The Jets, who were seen as Super Bowl contenders by many this season, gave up a whole lot to acquire Rodgers in a blockbuster trade in April, exchanging for a 2023 second-rounder, a 2023 sixth-rounder and a conditional 2024 second-rounder that would have become a first if Rodgers had played 65 percent of the plays in 2023.
The two teams also swapped 2023 first-rounders, which saw New York drop from No. 13 to No. 15.
Aaron Rodgers, 39, has a lot of thinking to do after his first season on the Jets ended abruptly
Rodgers is will reveal his future on Pat McAfee’s show, a source exclusively told DailyMail.com
Rodgers tore his Achilles after being sacked by Bills defensive end Leonard Floyd on Monday
‘As of right now, he doesn’t have any definitive thoughts of retiring. He put so much into getting to play for the Jets and to get out of being in Green Bay. He put so much focus on winning another Super Bowl, it is very important to him to get the job done in New York,’ the same source added.
‘It would be a tremendous disappointment to have his football career be over now. He is going to have surgery and see how his rehab goes, but he is going to put all of himself into his recovery and as of right now, he intends to come back as best as he possibly can. It is important for him to finish his NFL story his way.’
Rodgers revealed his intent to leave the Green Bay Packers to play for the Jets in the spring on Pat McAfee’s show and he plans on doing similar regarding his devastating injury.
‘When he makes any decisions and when things come from the horse’s mouth, he will make his thoughts known to his friend and sports commentator Pat McAfee on his show,’ added the source.
‘He has done that in the recent past and that will be the place where he will get word out on what he will do next, how his recovery is going and everything in between.’
DailyMail.com has reached out to ESPN for comment.
In the spring, Rodgers shared his intent to leave the Packers for the Jets on McAfee’s TV show
Zach Wilson will remain as the Jets’ starting QB while Rodgers is out for the foreseeable future
Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters on Wednesday that he’d be ‘shocked’ if Rodgers doesn’t play again after his season-ending injury.
In terms of actual game time, Rodgers played for a total of 1 minute and 34 seconds before the clock was stopped after his injury, meaning that he will be paid about $399,000 per second of game time he saw, or nearly $24M for that first minute alone, according to NBC New York.
Rodgers, who has racked up $306.6M in career earnings, agreed to a three-year, $150.8M deal with the Packers in 2022, before agreeing to a restructured two-year, $75M with the Jets in July. The new contract will see him make around $35M of the roughly $110M in future guaranteed money he was previously owed.
It typically takes a few months (at least four to six) to recover from Achilles tendon repair. In the meantime, Zach Wilson will continue as the Jets’ starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.