Where will Aaron Rodgers play in 2021? Here are six potential landing spots
Does the three-time NFL MVP want out of Every non-Chiefs team should pick up the phone to figure out the answers. Rarely, if ever, is a franchise quarterback available in their prime via trade – a reigning league MVP has never been traded.? Does he want to host a TV show? Is he just sulking? was voted NFL MVP by the Associated Press for 2011, 2014, and 2020 seasons. Photograph: Jeffrey Phelps/AP So, where will Aaron Rodgers ? Does he want out of Green Bay? Does he want to host a TV show? Is he just sulking? Is he willing to sink into the mud to force through a move if that’s what it requires?
Rodgers may be 37 years 0ld, but he still has at least four to five more years of high-level play in his legs. It’s worth remembering:has started as many Super Bowls since turning 37 (five) as any other quarterback has all-time. Given his excellence from the pocket, Rodgers’ game should age just as gracefully. Still: We can whittle down the list quite quickly. Realistically, those teams who like they have a young, future franchise-caliber quarterback will not pick up the phone. Neither will the on to new targets in the draft (the 49ers, the Patriots).
The Colts are out of it after making a move for Carson Wentz at the start of the offseason; the same goes for the Lions and the Rams. And you can rule out any team with an aging quarterback who absorbs a big chunk of that team’s salary cap (Pittsburgh,, et al.). That leaves us with six potential landing spots – with apologies to the Giants, who should make the call but won’t. Denver Broncos, The rumors of a Rodgers-to-Denver deal have night. It makes sense. The Broncos are going nowhere with Drew Lock and his league-leading interception total; Teddy Bridgewater will serve as a brilliant bridge piece to whoever the Broncos look at next, but he isn’t the long-term answer.
Who the Broncos turn to in the medium to long term is even more pressing, given the state of their division. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs aren’t going anywhere for the next decade-plus—Ditto for Justin Herbert and the Chargers. To keep up, the Broncos need to take a big swing. They were unable or unwilling to move up in the draft to land one of this year’s top quarterback prospects, which leaves them with three possibilities: A, ride this season out and hope they can land a top quarterback prospect in next year’s draft; B, muddle along with Bridgewater in a state of quarterback purgatory; C, try to trade for an upgrade. There is no . Want a couple of first-rounders? Sure.
Want us to tack a second-round pick on? Of course. Oh, you want Bradley Chubb, too? He’ll meet you at the airport. Las Vegas Raiders Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock, the Raider’s brain trust, find themselves in a similar position to Denver: the backbone of a playoff team is there, but they lack the spark. Still, they’rehat can help(and help cover up some of their questionable personnel choices). Gruden is famously impatient, and he has long been the kind of vocal, strident advocate for all things Rodgers-ness that the quarterback appears to covet; the coach would certainly acquiesce to the quarterback’s wishes with his offensive scheme– Gruden, for all his bluster, is as malleable as any coach in the league in adjusting his offense to the skills of his quarterback.
The Raiders have the picks and young talent needed to make a big offer. And if moving back to theis any part of Rodgers’ calculation, the Raiders represent his best opportunity. Carolina Panthers, The Panthers, is hovering. Since he purchased the team, owner David Tepper has been looking to make a big splash at quarterback. Carolina sniffed around Deshaun Watson before his legal troubles surfaced. They were first in line to enquire about when the quarterback’s bad relationship with the Seattle hierarchy came to light. Bringing in Sam Darnold while simultaneously paying Teddy Bridgewater to go away was a smart . Maybe there’s something there in the former . Perhaps he was a victim of circumstances and poor coaching in New York. Maybe not.
Maybe he stinks. But the Panthers are happy to bet on the potential of something, anything, rather thanwith a known commodity like Bridgewater. But just because Carolina only recently added Darnold does mean they’re married to him for any h of time. If Rodgers is available and interested, the Panthers will be at the front of the queue making their case – they could even include Darnold in such a deal if the Packers wanted to buy Jordan, Love, more or flip him themselves for different assets. Miami Dolphins In two short years, Chris Grier and , the head honchos in Miami, have orchestrated the model rebuild. They loaded up on , built to specific scheme requirements in free agency rather than chasing names, took longshots on some high-upside players, drafted their quarterback of the future once the right pieces were in place, and brought that quarterback along slowly. The roster has shown complete buy-in.
The team has developed many players from so-so prospects or bit-part pieces into the foundation of a side with real division-title aspirations this give him time to grow; they can continue to build around Tagovailoa, slowly and methodically. Or they could try to microwave success right now; they could use some of their remaining assets from the rebuilding for Rodgers. No matter how smart or calculated a team’s long-term plan is, it means little for a the ball over on third down. It’s short-sighted, but it’s the way the league works. Would the Dolphins hierarchy rather bet on the (perhaps more) of Tagovailoa or the next three years (maybe more) of Rodgers, particularly in a division in a state of flux?season. Miami could continue on that normal evolutionary line. They could continue to take things linear: they can explain away Tua Tagovailoa’s early struggles as the natural issues of any rookie quarterback; they could
New Orleans Saints For the first time in a long time, the Saints are in the market for a quarterback. Sean Payton has the kind of quarterback-friendly, it’s-more-of-a-partnership-than-coaching reputation that could lure Rodgers to the NFC South. The Saints have bad big trades before and are happy to be ruthless in pursuit of upgrading their roster: they will move on fan favorites, will dangle out superstars in the works, will finagle the salary cap to squeeze out an extra couple of dollars to add another player now to not caring about the future. In short, all of the things that Rodgers has issues with in Green Bay. At some point soon, the Saints will have to pay for all of the salary cap sins of the back-end of the Drew Brees era, but there’s enough flexibility i. Still, there’slective Bargaining Agreement for the team to kick that can down the road for another two years, that could tempt Rodgers to make a move.
Green Bay Packers The Packers do not want to trade Rodgers. If anything, it would be preferable from the Packers’ perspective for Rodgers to retire than to move to another team, no matter the amount of compensation that would come back in exchange, which means that the quarterback is going to need to make a stink – publicly or privately – to get out of Green Bay. That offers three interesting questions that Rodgers must answer before he hits the ultimate I-want-out button (so far, all Rodgers-wants-out chatter has come via leaks, not his mouth): Does he want to leave to improve his chances to win a somewhere else? Does he want to go because he feels those above him have broken promises, and he cannot continue to work with the team? Does he want to move because he’s tired of Wisconsin and wants to move bacreturnWest the Coast, where he could potentially ? to argue that wherever he could land would be a demonstrable upgrade over the roster in Green Bay.
The Packers went to the NFC championship game turn any franchise into a legitimate contender, such is his excellence and individual style, but it’s hard to make the argument that his Super Bowl odds would be improved by moving elsewhere. Jeopardy! Lurking over everything is the idea that Rodgers could retire to be the full-time host of Jeopardy!., their cap sheet is healthy, and they have the assets to add some immediate help if Rodgers commits to staying and lays out his timeline. Rodgers could
The show’s show-runner has stated publicly that they’re looking for a host that can commit their full-time to the front rather than viewing it as a side hustle alongside their main role. Being an NFL quarterback would seem to disqualify Rodgers from contention. Rodgers doesn’t think so. “They film 46 days a year. I worked in 187 this year in Green Bay. That gives me 178 days to do Jeopardy!. So I ! el like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work,” Rodgers told The Ringer. “It would be a , and I’m not shy about saying I want the job.”
Rodgers wants Jeopardy! But does Jeopardy! Want Rodgers? Rodgers did a good job as a game show host… for a professional quarterback. But some of the buzz surrounding his performance feels overblown. It’s similar to Blake Griffin’s rendezvous with stand-up comedy. Athletes are generally graded in such things on a curve; the commentariat writ large is grateful to any athlete for showing a modicufractionpersonality beyond a barrage of cliches. And so the praise pours in.
He’s hilarious! He was amazing! Griffin wasn’t giving host work full-time, would Rodgers be ready to retire in his prime a year after winning the league’s MVP award to host a game show? He might. Everybody’s priorities are different. But that would potentially put him on the hook for $31 million if the Packers looked to recuperate his signing bonus.any sleepless nights. And during Jeopardy! He is probably enjoying the bump of being in the business. Are they willing to turn a media juggernaut over to a rookie ahead of a TV professional? And if Jeopardy! Demanded the