Jake Plummer: Aaron Rodgers would turn Broncos into instant contender

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The Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers remain at odds, with the next tangible development coming in roughly three weeks, when Rodgers does or doesn’t show up for training camp. Looming over the relationship continues to be the possibility that the Packers will decide to pull the plug and give Rodgers the trade he wants, with the Broncos being the team most likely to throw its quarterback plan out the window at this stage of the offseason and embrace Rodgers.

Former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer, speaking to Jon Heath of USA Today to promote Plummer’s upcoming film debut, made the case for Rodgers immediately transforming the Broncos into a contender, if the move were to happen.

He’s brilliant,” Plummer said of Rodgers. “He has a photographic memory, I’m sure he could look through the playbook and have it down in a couple days. So if he could fall into that organization, I just think his talent and his abilities take a pretty talented guy who’s just kind of been mediocre because he’s never had that motivation or taste to now go, ‘Holy [expletive], we could really win this.'”

The instant confidence coupled with accountability and motivation would help the Broncos get more from their team.

“[H]e’ll pick up his game and spend the extra time he needs to spend to get better to raise the bar of everybody around him,” Plummer said. “Kind of like Peyton [Manning] did when he came here. If [Rodgers] became a Bronco, you know, good for that organization, hopefully good for him, but I just hope he gets a chance to play where he wants to play and it’s set up for his success.”

Plummer remains a believer in and advocate of third-year quarterback Drew Lock, who’ll compete with Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job. But Plummer knows that Rodgers would have an impact on the Broncos that neither Lock nor Bridgewater will.

“I still think they’ve got a pretty [expletive] good team coming into this year,” Plummer said. “I think [Lock] can be pretty good to lead them, but who knows with the Aaron Rodgers situation how that’s going to play out?”

No one knows how it’s going to play out. For the Broncos and their fans, the possibility continues to loom that the quarterback position will receive a dramatic upgrade, the kind that will make the top-heavy AFC even more crowded with teams good enough to make it to the Super Bowl — the Chiefs, Bills, Ravens, Browns, Patriots (yes, Patriots), Titans, Colts, Steelers, Chargers, and (with Rodgers) the Broncos.

34 responses to “Jake Plummer: Aaron Rodgers would turn Broncos into instant contender

  1. Rodgers is already with a contender and it’s one he’s familiar with.

  2. Rodgers is done in terms of ever winning another ring. He thinks he can do what Brady did. Sorry Aaron, there is no blueprint for Tom Brady’s success. Go away.

  3. If Plummer means contender for ‘Team that will have the biggest drama queen for a QB,’ he’s right.

  4. He thinks he can do what Brady did. Sorry Aaron, there is no blueprint for Tom Brady’s success. Go away.
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    Man since TB won the SB these Brady fanbois are just everywhere. Newsflash, your hero won because he had the #1 defense in the league. Pat Mahommes couldn’t score a single TD on them. Brady did admirably considering his advanced age but there are 15 qb’s in the league that could have won with that defense.

  5. If Aaron Rodgers actually cared about winning, he wouldn’t be giving interviews in December talking about how “winning another MVP would mean a lot to me”, and brainwashing his teammates into going on a media campaign for him to win a ‘Meaningless Vanity Prize’ centered around regular season stats. I’ve never heard the man say it would kill him if he didn’t win a 2nd ring, but he looks on the verge of tears talking about how he didn’t get the MVP in 2012 or 2016.

  6. It’s as likely that Rodgers will play next year for a team other than Green Bay as it is that Lock is Denver’s long-term QB answer.

  7. Acquiring Rodgers could result in more Bronco wins this season – which is why the Packers would not trade him before the 2021 season ends … fewer Broncos wins means higher draft choices for the Pack if a trade is to be made. That being said, Rodgers will play for Green Bay this season – he’s already renewed his membership in the Green Bay Country Club … and why would he move back from Cali to live in Wisconsin and rub shoulders with Wisconsin golfers/rabid Packer fans and not play for the Pack? That would not be pleasant. Secondly, if he plays – that means he has a weekly microphone for the entire season, where he can take subtle jabs at the Packer front office all season, forcing them to not only sit quietly and grit their teeth, but in the process pay him 30 million dollars as he reminds the world what idiots they are. (How’s that for sweet revenge?) This also keeps Love off the field for another season, and sets up a hell of a gamble for 2022, should they then decide to trade him and go with the totally unproven guy they foolishly moved up to draft instead of selecting players to help the team get to the Super Bowl. Should an unproven Jordan Love turn out to be a bust in his 3rd year, it’s a guarantee – heads will roll in the Packer front office. Our loyal, drunken fan base won’t have it any other way.

  8. Yes he would. And unlike the Packers’ front office, the Broncos have proven themselves as an organization that’s actually committed to winning a Super Bowl.

  9. pkrlvr says:
    July 4, 2021 at 10:49 am
    He thinks he can do what Brady did. Sorry Aaron, there is no blueprint for Tom Brady’s success. Go away.
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    Man since TB won the SB these Brady fanbois are just everywhere. Newsflash, your hero won because he had the #1 defense in the league. Pat Mahommes couldn’t score a single TD on them. Brady did admirably considering his advanced age but there are 15 qb’s in the league that could have won with that defense.

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    Funny stuff. Except that defense gave up over 400 yards of offense and 23 points to WFT team in the wild card game. And without Brady putting up 381 yards of passing and 2 4th quarter scored TB would have been home early for the season

  10. Peyton Manning already did it in Denver, and Tampa Bay hadn’t won a playoff game in 18 years before Tom Brady did it there last year. Of course Aaron Rodgers would make Denver, or many other teams an instant super bowl contender. Actually, I believe Rodgers is a lot better than most people think. I think he’s been carrying a weak Green Bay organization on his back the last 15 years, and if he were with a solid franchise would probably have multiple rings. It’s hard to watch him play and not think he’s the best QB on the planet.

  11. the packers operate under the theory, we have a qb who will put up more points then our so so d will allow. no problemo.Ergo no way they trade him, wrecks the plan.

  12. If Rodgers is serious about contending for a SuperBowl, he knows his best chance is staying in Green Bay. But, if Love is under center on Opening Day, I guarantee he’ll receive a standing ovation. No one player is more important than the team. Nobody.

  13. How fun would the AFC West be if this were to happen. Also fun to see the Raiders crap themselves as they find themselves relegated to the basement in the division.

  14. There are so many genius GMs here! I’ll bet they are excellent coaches also, and never get a play wrong after it has happened!

  15. Every player wants out of being forced to live in Green Bay. Rodgers is at a level he can do something about it

  16. Rodgers would make almost any team a contender. Hell, he’d make the Jags a contender. They likely wouldn’t win the Super Bowl, but they’d be a contender. He could go to Philly right now and be in the same boat he’s in in GB (mediocre roster, but with Rodgers, they become a playoff team instantly), in Denver or Miami they become a real Super Bowl shot. I can’t think of anywhere else that would take him right now outside of New England.

    So the list of teams that would actually take him right now is, in my opinion:

    Denver
    Philly
    Miami
    New England
    Houston

    Realistic chances of doing it are:
    Denver
    Philly
    Miami

  17. its a real cluster. he will play. needs the numbers. does enough tor himself. this is all about him.

  18. Lol “15 other qbs could have beaten the chiefs with that defense.” Coulda woulda didn’t.

  19. Can’t believe how the pack faithful have turned on Rogers but ok

  20. He would make a lot of teams contenders. As a Vikings fan, I’d be more than happy if he’s traded out of the division.

  21. pkrlvr says:
    July 4, 2021 at 10:49 am
    Man since TB won the SB these Brady fanbois are just everywhere. Newsflash, your hero won because he had the #1 defense in the league. Pat Mahommes couldn’t score a single TD on them. Brady did admirably considering his advanced age but there are 15 qb’s in the league that could have won with that defense.

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    It was a perfect storm for TB (the team, not necessarily the QB) the way it worked out. The defense was definitely as good as it gets, and with the OL of KC going into the game in shambles, it was proof nobody was beating them if Mahomes couldn’t make it happen.

    But let’s move onto the topic. If Elway winds up getting Rogers somehow, it’ll prove he’s just as good a QB evaluator as anyone that posts here: we know they’re great after 10+ years of work to base off of.

  22. 50DrunksInABar says:
    July 4, 2021 at 7:45 pm
    Rodgers would make almost any team a contender. Hell, he’d make the Jags a contender. They likely wouldn’t win the Super Bowl, but they’d be a contender. He could go to Philly right now and be in the same boat he’s in in GB (mediocre roster, but with Rodgers, they become a playoff team instantly), in Denver or Miami they become a real Super Bowl shot. I can’t think of anywhere else that would take him right now outside of

    Mediocre roster, the one that one the division? Doesn’t say much for the vaunted Vikings and their 3rd place finish. That is mediocre.

  23. The longer the wait, the lower in value is Rogers to another team. He’s at NFL retirement age. He’s not getting younger and forget Tom Brady; he’s a statistical outlier.

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