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Matt LaFleur Sends Clear Message On Aaron Rodgers' Future with Green Bay Packers

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Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur had an emphatic response when asked about Aaron Rodgers' future with the team on Monday.

As the Green Bay Packers have struggled through the 2022 season, murmurs that the franchise could move on from Aaron Rodgers have gotten progressively louder.

The Packers do have a former first-round draft pick in Jordan Love stashed behind Rodgers, after all. 

And after a couple of Love's teammates have sung his praises publicly in recent weeks, some have wondered whether the team might give him a chance to show what he can do on the field in the final games of this season, and potentially even turn the offense over to him full-time if they like what they see.

However, that's now looking less likely.

Rodgers led the Packers to a win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, for one thing, keeping Green Bay alive in the playoff hunt. And Monday, head coach Matt LaFleur said Rodgers' time with the team will continue as long as the star quarterback wants it to.

According to Matt Schneidman of the Athletic, LaFleur said "of course" the Packers would want Rodgers back as their starting quarterback in 2023.

The two-time defending NFL MVP has seen his numbers dip this year. After completing nearly 70 percent of his passes across his first two seasons under the tutelage of LaFleur, Rodgers is completing 64.3 percent of his throws this year. He's averaging a little more than 220 passing yards per game and has thrown 22 touchdowns versus nine interceptions — already his most in a season since 2011.

Injuries have factored into Rodgers' struggles. He recently revealed that he's been playing through a broken thumb. He also left the team's Week 12 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with an injury to his ribs but returned on Sunday to throw for 182 yards and a touchdown.

Last week, Rodgers said he planned to continue playing through the pain as long as the 5-8 Packers are mathematically alive to make the playoffs. The team is currently two-and-a-half games out of the final wild card spot in the NFC.

It sounds like the only unanswered question about Rodgers' future with Green Bay is whether he could retire following this season. The 39-year-old reportedly considered doing so after last year.

However, he would leave more than $110 million in guaranteed money on the table were he to walk away from the game. Rodgers signed a three-year, $150 million contract extension with the Packers prior to this season.

Given that and LaFleur's comment Monday, it appears more likely than not that Rodgers will be back behind center for the Packers next season. 

Green Bay fans will hope it looks more like his first two years under LaFleur than this one.