Favre: Rodgers likely won't end career with Packers

Favre, speaking with NBC Sports Network's Rich Eisen, said his gut feeling is "he'll play somewhere else."

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers celebrates against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on Dec. 2019, in Green Bay (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images/TNS)

Brett Favre knows about being the Green Bay Packers' franchise quarterback and watching the team draft his heir apparent.

The Hall of Famer wound up playing the last three years of his NFL career outside of Green Bay, and he said Wednesday that he expects the same to happen with the Packers' current quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.

Green Bay traded up in last week's draft to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the No. 26 overall pick.

Favre, speaking with NBC Sports Network's Rich Eisen, said his gut feeling is "he'll play somewhere else."

"I don't know this for certain, but I guarantee you, it's got the wheels turning in Aaron's mind," Favre said. "If that's the case, then that means there's a chip on his shoulder toward the organization that otherwise was not there. All he needs is a reason other than this reason to expedite that."


Favre cited a source for his statement: Rodgers. The 50-year-old former QB said he spoke with the 36-year-old current QB following the draft.

"I'm not going to talk about all that we talked about, but he was ... let's just say surprised that they went in that direction," Favre said.

Favre was replaced by Rodgers as Green Bay's starting quarterback in 2008, three years after the Packers chose Rodgers with the 24th overall draft pick.

Love has said that Rodgers spoke with him following the draft and was cordial.

"I'm not surprised that he reached out to Jordan, being in a similar situation himself 15 years ago," Favre said. "And we had a great relationship in spite of — I wouldn't say it took a turn for the worst when I left, but he was basically caught up in the middle of a hornet's nest, if you will. I don't foresee that happening here. I think Aaron will do whatever. It's not his job to mentor Jordan Love.

"This discussion went on when I left Green Bay. It's not the head guy's job to mentor the next guy. That guy's ultimately there to take your spot.

"Now, if Jordan were to ask, 'Can I watch extra film with you?' I would be shocked if Aaron said no. I think he would go over and beyond to help, but he's not going to go out of his way, and I can't blame him."

Favre, a three-time NFL Most Valuable Player who won a Super Bowl with the Packers after the 1996 season, wound down his career by playing for the New York Jets (2008) and the Minnesota Vikings (2009-10).


Rodgers is a two-time NFL MVP who guided Green Bay to the Super Bowl championship following the 2010 season.

Rodgers is heading into the first year of a four-year, $134 million extension he signed in August 2018. He has cap hits of $21.6 million, $36.4 million, $39.9 million and $28.4 million over the next four seasons.

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