NFL News: Kirk Cousins Admits He Wanted Aaron Rodgers To Retire

Kirk Cousins
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Ernesto Cova

It's not a secret that Packers and Vikings don't get along. It's been like that since day one and it'll be like that until the end of time, especially from Minny's end.

The Packers have historically owned their rivals from Minneapolis, and Aaron Rodgers' tenure in the NFC North has done little to turn the tables around. That's why having him back in the division wasn't exactly what Kirk Cousins wanted for Christmas.

Cousins Says You Have To Beat The Best

Kirk Cousins and Aaron Rodgers
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In a recent appearance on the Pat McAfee Show, the Viking's QB admitted that he was actually rooting for Rodgers' retirement:

“I always want the neighborhood to be as friendly as possible and as long as Aaron Rodgers lives at the end of the cul-de-sac, the neighborhood is gonna be challenging,” Cousins said. “We always say, to be the best you gotta beat the best. So you don’t want to back into anything. But I’d be lying to you if I thought the division would be just as difficult if Aaron Rodgers were somewhere else. That’s just out of respect for his game and the way he’s played for 17 years.”

Rodgers Can Still Play, Says Matt LaFleur

Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers
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Unfortunately for him, Rodgers is back at Lambeau Field and still has plenty left on the tank, with HC Matt LaFleur fully confident that he can play at an elite level for years to come:

“I think he’ll go as long as he wants to go,” LaFleur said during the NFL's annual meeting. “I think he’s got not only the talent and the mind, but the way he takes care of himself is as good as I’ve seen. He’s super-disciplined in terms of everything does from what he puts into his body to how he prepares physically and mentally."

They Don't Want To Talk About Retirement

Aaron Rodgers
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The word around the league was that Rodgers was considering retiring. However, his coach claims that there hasn't been that sort of talk lately, at least not between the two:

"Those aren’t conversations that we have regularly, so we’re just going to take advantage of the time that he is with us and continue to try to work and grind and hopefully someday be able to get a Super Bowl," LaFleur added.

LaFleur Hoped He'd Come Back

Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers
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LaFleur also said that even despite all the chatter, noise, and rumors, his gut told him that Rodgers was coming back:

"I would say I had pretty good feelings about it throughout the course of the offseason–since the season had ended up to that point," LaFleur said. "But until you know, you really don’t know.”

Sorry, Kirk, you'll still have to face him twice a year.