Rick Spielman, Vikings monitor fate of Aaron Rodgers

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Last year, after the Packers traded up in round one to select quarterback Jordan Love, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made an observation that was mainly joke and perhaps some wishful thinking: “I think Rodgers should retire.”

Now that Rodgers reportedly wants out of Green Bay (and has said nothing publicly to push back against that), the Vikings are watching and waiting, like the rest of us.

“You always read things and stuff like that,” Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman told PFT PM earlier this week when asked whether and to what extent he monitors these situations. “Aaron Rodgers is maybe the best quarterback who has ever played this game, and I’m never going to talk about anyone else’s players. One, I’m not allowed to. It’s illegal. But you just always look at different situations. The most important thing is evaluating u,s and our decisions and if we do make mistakes how do we correct them or what will we do differently. If something works out, great. . . . My main focus here is on the Minnesota Vikings.”

Still, if Spielman regards Rodgers as “maybe the best quarterback who has ever played the game,” one or more people in the Minnesota organization (including Spielman) surely have their fingers crossed, hopeful that the Packers will indeed trade Rodgers out of the conference.

And then, maybe after he’s traded out of the conference, he’ll be cut following one year with a new team and then sign with the Vikings. But something like that could never happen with the best quarterback in Packers history.

30 responses to “Rick Spielman, Vikings monitor fate of Aaron Rodgers

  1. “Aaron Rodgers is maybe the best quarterback who has ever played this game, and I’m never going to talk about anyone else’s players.”. Pretty sure he just talked about someone else’s player a split second before saying he wouldn’t.

  2. Maybe the Pack should trade Aaron to the Pats for a whole bunch of picks and maybe some of the high priced talent they just acquired. That might answer everybody’s questions about everything.

    Brady or Belichick?

    Brady or Rodgers?

    Chicken or the egg?

    To be clear, my wish would be a happy Aaron Rodgers finishing his career in Green Bay but I’m braced for impact. I just feel like he’s gonna go and if he’s gonna go, let’s get it done, wish him the best and move forward.

  3. The NFC North is fascinating this year. Both Speilman bros are there in key decision making roles. The ARog drama. New look Lions who appear to finally have a real GM (we will see how the HC does) and the Bears with everything they bring to the table with all of their dysfunction. But they have a new QB and LT so who knows. Exciting division. Oh ya the Vikings are there too.

  4. This could possibly be a significant confirmation and teaching moment for Viking Fan: Never stop wishing, hoping, and praying.

  5. It’s not just who would like to have Rodgers, but also where Rodgers would like to go. In his mind it’s Frisco. He’ll either play for the Packers this year or retire, and then play somewhere else next year.

  6. Sounds like a homer is not happy with his present QB and hoping his Vikings can buck the tremendous odds of lightening striking twice….and still not make it to the Super Bowl yet again.

  7. Yup … this could happen … and if it does, I’m gonna root for him.

  8. You know Favre is going to give the Vikings the biggest possible ringing endorsement too right? He routinely conveys that the 2009 year in Minny was the best of his career.

  9. It’s a Viking fan’s dream come true. But it won’t happen, so you guys up there in Minnesota can just calm down.

  10. He should offer like five 1st round picks, which the Packers will promptly reject because they are in the same division, then leak the offer to the press just to tick Rodgers off

  11. Aaron Rodgers is going nowhere,he will be back playing in a Packers uniform come August.he just signed a new contract,has friends on the team,knows how fortunate he is to be on a great team and wants another super bowl ring.why doesnt he come out with public statements to the press,why is all his comments second hand from a sportwriter.he will sit out until the games are ready to get real then show up and play,he doesnt need preseason,he knows the offense well.

  12. C’mon, we all know that Rodgers is going to eventually wind up wearing purple. Let’s stop dancing around it.

  13. devilsadvocate says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:05 am
    It’s not just who would like to have Rodgers, but also where Rodgers would like to go. In his mind it’s Frisco. He’ll either play for the Packers this year or retire, and then play somewhere else next year
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    Ah, no. The Packers own Rodgers’ rights until 2023, and those rights do not go away if he retires. He needs to be traded or cut (would have to be a post June 1 transaction to mitigate camp impact).

  14. I would never support Rodgers playing for the Vikings, not that I think either side would be interested in that. I could take Favre for a year because he was a great personality and everyone loved him. Rodgers is a tool. I hope he retires or plays for the Lions.

  15. Satan says:
    May 5, 2021 at 9:17 am
    It’s a Viking fan’s dream come true. But it won’t happen, so you guys up there in Minnesota can just calm down.

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    Not mine, or any other long time Vikings fans. I don’t want him in Minnesota. Stick him in the AFC so he can go stat chasing and finish second in the conference to Mahomes for a few years. He’s only worried about stats anyhow.

  16. Hey, I just want him out of the NFCN, as do Zim and Spielman. There is maybe a 1% chance he ever plays in MN, but geez it would be fun to watch the cheeser’s collective heads explode if he did. I’m not sure there is enough blood pressure medication or alcohol in WI.

  17. The moment A-A-Ron leaves, the packers fans will disown him so fast. I remember in 08 they made shirts saying “we’ll never forget you Brent”

  18. I either want him on the Vikings or traded out of the division. If he were on the Vikings, they would be instant Superbowl contenders.

  19. As a Vikings fan I hope Rodgers stays in GB. I know when Diggs was acting funny I didn’t want him to leave the Vikings. But after a short time if a player doesn’t want to be on the team anymore set them free or risk a huge distraction that hurts the team. The packers would get a haul to make up for losing a QB who is 37 years old.

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