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Rodgers going on 'darkness retreat' before making final decision on future

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers plans to do some unique isolation and reflection before deciding on his NFL future.

The four-time MVP highlighted the importance of an upcoming "darkness retreat" as he continues to mull over whether he wants to return to the Packers for a 19th season, retire, or request a trade.

"It's just sitting in isolation, meditation, dealing with your thoughts," Rodgers said Tuesday during his weekly appearance on "The Pat McAfee Show," per ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

"It stimulates DMT, so there can be some hallucinations in there, but it's just kind of sitting in silence, which most of us never do. We rarely even turn our phone off or put the blinds down to sleep in darkness. I'm really looking forward to it."

He added, "Just to be able to contemplate all things (about) my future and then make a decision that I feel like is best for me moving forward and in the highest interest of my happiness."

The 10-time Pro Bowler also addressed speculation that he could be joining the Las Vegas Raiders for the 2023 season.

"I'm not a free agent," the 39-year-old said. "I'm under contract with the Packers ... that gets lost in the conversation."

Raiders star wideout Davante Adams called a reunion with Rodgers "a dream scenario," according to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The Packers dealt with some turmoil this season after Rodgers recorded back-to-back MVP campaigns in 2020 and 2021. Green Bay's signal-caller was hampered with a thumb injury while playing without Adams for the first time since 2014.

Green Bay concluded the 2022 season with an 8-9 record, missing the postseason as Rodgers threw double-digit interceptions for the first time since 2010 and finished with one of his lowest passer ratings (91.1) since becoming a starter.

Rodgers won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this past weekend.

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