'We're not idiots': Packers CEO says Aaron Rodgers will be in Green Bay in 2021

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'We're not idiots': Packers CEO says Aaron Rodgers is staying originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The ears of many fans of the QB-needy Washington Football Team perked up when Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said his future with Green Bay is "uncertain" following the team's NFC Championship Game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Just two days later, though, Packers CEO Mark Murphy shut down any speculation that the future Hall of Fame quarterback could be on the move this offseason.

"We're not idiots. Aaron Rodgers will be back. He's our leader," Murphy said on the 5th Quarter podcast.

Just hours after Murphy's comments, Rodgers joined the Pat McAfee Show and said that he also expects to be back with the only franchise he's ever played for.

"Obviously, after the season that I had, potentially winning MVP and obviously, we made another good run, I don't think there would be any reason I wouldn't be back," Rodgers said.

Regarding his post-game press conference, the Packers passer said that in that moment, it was just a "realization" for him that his future with Green Bay isn't guaranteed.

"I don't feel like I said anything that I hadn't said before," Rodgers said. "It was just more of a realization I think that ultimately my future is not necessarily in my control."

Since taking over for Brett Favre in 2008, Rodgers' future in Green Bay had never seemed uncertain until last April. In the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Packers surprisingly selected Utah State quarterback Jordan Love -- Rodgers' likely eventual successor -- rather than giving the star quarterback another wide receiver in a draft class full of talented pass-catchers.

Rodgers, who admittedly said he was caught off guard by the move, responded by turning in one of the best seasons of his career.

The Packers signal-caller led Green Bay to a 13-3 record, throwing for a league-high 48 touchdown passes on a 70.7% completion rate with just five interceptions. Green Bay finished the season with the NFL's No. 1 ranked offense, and Rodgers will likely be crowned his third MVP during the NFL Honors on Feb. 6. 

Rodgers is under contract in Green Bay for three more seasons, but Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on Tuesday the 37-year-old wants a new deal. 

While Rodgers-to-Washington would be a dream for several Burgundy and Gold fans, based on Murphy and Rodgers' comments Tuesday, it doesn't look like the likely MVP will be moved anytime soon.