The Chicago Bears aren’t going to the playoffs but they have the most cap space in the NFL by a lot in addition to the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft which they can use as a weapon. Now, it is about building for the future around their new stud quarterback Justin Fields. One thing that would make their future even brighter is Aaron Rodgers leaving the division in any way, shape, or form.
He has absolutely destroyed the Bears in his career which is something that he prides himself on. Now, the time might come when he is no longer a problem.
The 2022 season was a mess for him and his team. They started off very poorly and made it almost certain that he and his team would not be in the playoffs. However, they went on a winning streak throughout December which got them back in the hunt.
All they needed to do on Sunday was defeat the Detroit Lions on Sunday Night Football in order to clinch a berth in the postseason but they failed. The Lions beat them and were a great spoiler. Green Bay’s 8-9 under .500 record was not good enough and they are out.
The Chicago Bears were joined by the Green Bay Packers out of the postseason.
The Seattle Seahawks then clinched the playoffs as the 7th seed despite coming into this year with a very low projected win total. They deserve a lot of credit for the way that they have played this year. They haven’t missed the playoffs in back-to-back years during Pete Carroll’s career.
After the game, Aaron Rodgers was shaking hands with Detroit Lions players and wishing them well. When he was asked for a jersey swap, he calmly denied it because he wanted to keep that one, hinting that he might see that jersey as special.
Is it special because it is the last jersey he is ever going to wear for the Green Bay Packers? That would certainly be one worth hanging onto. This could be a subtle hint that he is either retiring or planning on moving on from that franchise.
There has been speculation about Rodgers and his future for years now but he always ended up back in Green Bay. However, this could very well be the time when he departs. It will be an interesting story all off-season and Chicago Bears fans will watch with great interest.