Given the arduous rehab process that Aaron Rodgers now faces as a result of his torn Achilles, there has been tons of discussion in recent days about whether the future Hall of Famer will retire.
While Rodgers has yet to address his future — he hasn’t even spoken publicly since the brutal injury on Monday night — those close to him, such as Pat McAfee and AJ Hawk, have said on record that they don’t believe he’ll retire. Neither McAfee nor Hawk, however, have any direct information from Rodgers himself.
Who likely has spoken to Rodgers since the Achilles tear is Jets head coach Robert Saleh, who weighed in on the 39-year-old signal-caller’s future while speaking to reporters on Wednesday.
Similar to McAfee and Hawk, Saleh said of Rodgers that he “would be shocked if this is the way he’s going to go out,” according to SNY reporter Connor Hughes.
Now, while Saleh did not indicate that he’s gotten any indication from Rodgers, it’s safe to assume that the pair have obviously spoken at some point since Monday night.
Saleh has certainly put on a brave face in recent days as he attempts to guide Gang Green and its fanbase through the shock of seeing their Super Bowl hopes evaporate after just four snaps.
With Rodgers sidelined for the rest of the season, Saleh and the Jets will now be turning to former BYU product Zach Wilson, who the team selected as the #2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Since being drafted, though, Wilson has done the opposite of convincing the organization that he’s a franchise quarterback, hence their pursuit and eventual acquisition of Rodgers.
Wilson particularly bottomed out last year, as his benching was met with such praise in the locker room that members of the Jets began wearing t-shirts in support of his backup Mike White.