While the Chicago Bears’ future is a little uncertain right now, having to hire a new head coach and general manager, there is another team within the division that could be facing an even bigger offseason.
Bears fans everywhere cheered Saturday night as a former Chicago kicker, Robbie Gould, sent the Green Bay Packers home in the divisional round.
If the Bears aren’t going to make noise in the postseason, the next-best thing is seeing Aaron Rodgers get knocked out of the playoffs early.
Even better than that, was hearing from Rodgers after the loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Just like last season, Rodgers’ future is once again up in the air.
Following the early playoff exit, Chicago Bears public enemy number one, Aaron Rodgers, could be on his way out of Green Bay.
After the Packers’ loss, Rodgers spoke bluntly about his future and the decisions which need to be made. Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:
"“…there are a lot of decisions to be made. Key players, a lot of guys who played tonight… so many guys whose contracts are up or on the brink or salary cap stuff. So, a lot of decisions to be made. I don’t want to be part of a rebuild if I’m going to keep playing. So a lot of decisions in the next couple of months.”"
Rodgers first answered a question about his own future and gave a completely non-committal answer. He essentially answered each question with the thought that there are many decisions to be made.
From an outside perspective, it certainly sounded as though Rodgers could indeed leave Green Bay this time around. Last year’s referral to a “last dance” definitely seems fitting following this playoff exit.
For 30 years, the Bears have been tortured by the likes of Rodgers and Brett Favre. We all know the story. We’ve all been waiting for the ending to this story. Rodgers’ comments about a rebuild absolutely signal the end for his stint in Green Bay.
The Packers are currently projected to be $44 million over the cap this coming season, and that’s before they negotiate any potential extension with wide receiver Davante Adams. It is not out of the realm of possibility for the Packers to be just plain bad in 2022.
Maybe, just maybe, the Packers’ reign in the NFC North is finally over. One can only hope that this was the last time we see Rodgers in the green and gold. If so, the door is wide open for the Bears to take over — assuming they make the right decisions this offseason, of course.