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Rodgers believes decision could come in ‘couple of weeks’


GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he doesn’t expect to make a decision on whether he will play next season until after the Super Bowl.

Rodgers, 39, said he’s still considering whether to return to the Packers for a 19th season, retire or apply for a trade. The four-time MVP has also noted the possibility that the Packers might want to move him.

“There will still be some time for my decision,” Rodgers said Tuesday during his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” on SiriusXM and YouTube. “I’m confident that I’ll definitely feel stronger about either choice in a couple of weeks.”

The first decision is whether he wants to play at all.

“You have to be aware of what went through your head during the season,” Rodgers said. “Did you enjoy the grind as much? Did you enjoy practicing? Did you like the meeting time? Did you like the routine? And don’t forget those feelings and react emotionally one way or the other. I think that’s important.”

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Rodgers was the league MVP in 2020 and 2021 but didn’t perform as well this season as he played with a broken right thumb and grappled with the absence of Davante Adams, who joined the Las Vegas Raiders in March was.

The salary cap in 2023 is said to be $224.8 million

The NFL salary cap will be $224.8 million in 2023, an increase of $16.6 million.

The league informed teams of the new cap Monday in a memo obtained by The Associated Press.

Overall, the cap is up $42.3 million from 2021 when it was $182.5 million after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a nearly $10 million drop in 2020.

Teams must be below the cap by 4:00pm ET on March 15th.

Quarterbacks have the highest franchise tag costs at $32,416,000, followed by linebackers at $20,926,000, wide receivers at $19,743,000, and defensive ends at $19,727,000.

Titans switch to artificial grass

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans are ripping up the grass pitch at Nissan Stadium and replacing it with a synthetic surface ahead of the 2023 season.

The Titans announced the move on Tuesday. The team, which has already started work, is making the change after reviewing injury rates and knowing how difficult it is to grow weed at Nissan Stadium since it opened in 1999.

“Ultimately, in this part of the country, there is only one limit to how much can be done for a natural grass surface,” said Burke Nihill, the team’s President and CEO. “This turf is cutting edge technology and will be a huge improvement in terms of consistency and performance.”

The Titans have led the NFL for most deployed players in each of the past two seasons, including setting a league record with 91 players in 2021 — the most in a non-strike season — due to injuries.

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