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Cheese Curds, 2/23: Rodgers emerges, but Packers fans remain in the dark

Anyone expecting an immediate announcement from Rodgers after he came out of his retreat was setting themselves up for disappointment.

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Let there be light.

Aaron Rodgers has emerged from his darkness retreat, coming out of his underground bunker on Wednesday like a groundhog emerging from its burrow in early February. Unlike the furry rodent’s reaction, however, Rodgers’ decision about his future is not one that will be obvious to all who are observing or following him.

Green Bay Packers fans remain in the dark at this point, but it should come as little surprise that Rodgers did not immediately announce his decision — if he has even made it yet. There’s no guarantee that the four-day retreat has delivered the epiphany he has been looking for, and so for now all options remain on the table until we hear otherwise.

The Packers’ front office and coaching staff would surely appreciate a decision in the next few days, however. The NFL Scouting Combine takes place next week, and that event is the premier offseason event for team officials, players’ agents, and other league power brokers to get together and talk about business. If Rodgers decides he wants to play for another team, the Packers would surely love to know going into the Combine to arm GM Brian Gutekunst and other executives with information before heading into the various dark establishments around downtown Indianapolis to try to work out some possible deals.

Here’s a look at Rodgers’ emergence and one potential scenario that could play out depending on his decision.

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