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Aaron Rodgers posts Instagram message that has some wondering if he is retiring or otherwise leaving Packers

The Packers quarterback has been quiet about his status for the 2022 season.

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers at the 16th hole during the 2022 Annexus Pro-Am prior to the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on February 9, 2022 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Tracy Wilcox/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers posted an extensive message to Instagram on Monday evening that has some thinking it might foreshadow his retirement or departure from Green Bay. He posted something he called #MondayNightGratitude and thanked various people in his personal and professional life, including “past and current” teammates.

It could just be a random outpouring of gratitude, but that isn’t stopping tongues from wagging about the potential meaning. This all comes amidst questions about his future as well as a potential interview with Pat McAfee. Rodgers has made numerous appearances on McAfee’s show and the former football player/current media personality teased a “big guest” on Tuesday. The belief is it will be Rodgers to discuss his future, but there have not been any leaks as to the specifics just yet.

The NFL offseason is nine days old, but Tuesday marks the first notable offseason marker in the march toward the 2022 season. Teams can begin placing the franchise and transition tags on players with expiring contracts. Rodgers does not have an expiring contract, but his status is a big question. One Packers player likely impacted by the franchise tag period is wide receive Davante Adams. He is scheduled for free agency, but there is no way the Packers let him hit the open market.

The Packers are reportedly “prepared to go all in” to convince Rodgers to return in 2022. That would have to include ensuring Adams returns, so that’s at least of some note.