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Aaron Rodgers needs to end the drama surrounding his NFL future | You Pod to Win the Game

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Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson and Dan Wetzel discuss the back-to-back MVP’s future in Green Bay. Will Rodgers be with the Packers next season and beyond? Will he be the league’s highest paid player? With what’s going on in the world right now, Rodgers need to avoid any and all drama and just announce his decision sooner rather than later in a strait forward, drama free manner. Hear the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.

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CHARLES ROBINSON: I think we've got to get into Rodgers first because this is-- I really, truly thought we would have this resolved by now. I think the Packers know what he's going to do. I think he knows what he's going to do. It has not been publicly resolved.

But I do think it's interesting. You see David Bakhtiari, their left tackle, restructures his contract . The word is they're going to franchise Davante Adams. They bring in an OC in Clemens, who has a background with Rodgers. The winds point to Rodgers being in Green Bay, probably for a massive deal that makes them the highest paid quarterback in the NFL for at least a couple of years. I'd say at least two, maybe with an option for a third.

Why, though? Why is this dragging on? Like, why drag this out? Is this-- I mean, it just--

DAN WETZEL: Do you know who you're talking about here?

CHARLES ROBINSON: I get it. I know, but I feel less dialed into this, and I have felt very dialed in for a long time with Rodgers. I feel less dialed in than ever now. And I don't know if it's because he's not speaking to a lot of people that are close to him anymore. I don't know if-- I don't know what it is, but, like, it's just the fact that we're dragging this out.

I expect it will be resolved in the next 10 days as we go to the combine and start sitting down and finding out what the Packers are doing because if they're not looking for a quarterback or they're not looking at drafting somebody, which would be indicative of, hey, Jordan Love's going to bump up to the one, and, you know, they're going to draft a quarterback. And then they're working on a Rodgers trade, it's pretty much indicative that he's going to stay in Green Bay, which is actually what I think is going to happen.

But crazy things in this league seem to happen every offseason, so--

DAN WETZEL: I think he'll be back in Green Bay. I have not thought he was going to leave. He's not an unrestricted free agent. The cost would be enormous. I mean, look, would he fit in great in Denver? Sure, but you'd have to give so much up.

CHARLES ROBINSON: And the contract. Remember, the contract cost.

DAN WETZEL: Contract is a problem. I mean, I got a bunch of things to say on this, but I've said all along, you want to get to the playoffs, OK? He has a cakewalk to the playoffs. The Vikings and Bears just redid-- they're on new coaches, and the Lions won, what, three games? You have an easy path to a division title.

Now, are you there to win division titles? No, but first you get to the playoffs, and you host as many games as you can. And if you look at the NFC, it is nowhere as hard as the AFC. The AFC is an absolute snake pit. There's too many good quarterbacks to deal with. The NFC's final four teams are San Francisco, the Rams, Tampa, and Green Bay.

Brady's gone. Niners are putting it all on Trey Lance. Who knows? Any one of those four teams could have won it, could have won the Super Bowl. I mean, great run by the Rams. Phenomenal. The credit in the world. But if Leonard Fournette doesn't unexpectedly score quickly in that game against the Rams-- remember, it was, like, fourth and one?

And he bounces wide and scores, and there's 50 seconds left. If he just gets tackled after six yards, and if Brady scores with eight seconds left and you have a coin flip, and Tampa wins, boom. Right? Like, that's how close this is. All credit to the Rams. But that's how close this is.

And Rodgers did not play well, you know, I didn't think in the Niners game. I didn't think he played well the year before in the Tampa game. But, essentially, he's right there at the doorstep. He's got the team. He's got a much, much easier path. He has a simple path to the division title. Why the hell are you going the AFC?

So that, all of that. I think it's a more manufactured buzz of Rodgers because I think everyone's just sick of it. The drama is just-- I mean, we went through all last year, skipping this. I'm going to become the "Jeopardy" host, blah, blah, blah. And he shows up. And I would say this.

If I was Aaron Rodgers' PR guy, if he has one, forget read the room. Read the world, right? What do we talk about? Like, put out a statement tomorrow, I'm happy to go back to the Packers. And this is going to be exciting, and I'm going to put my head down and work. This isn't really a cool time for drama.

CHARLES ROBINSON: Right.

DAN WETZEL: And maybe that's not fair. Maybe I'm overreacting. It's not his fault and all that, but, like, don't go on the McAfee show. No offense to McAfee and the show. It's a great show. Don't send out cryptic IGs. Don't mention your girlfriend. Don't-- just say, I'm back.