What’s next for Aaron Rodgers?

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The hiring of Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to serve as the new coach of the Broncos already has intensified speculation that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be relocating from Wisconsin to Colorado. But Denver isn’t the only possibility.

So let’s look at the places we’re watching as decision-time moves closer and closer for the soon-to-be four-time MVP.

There are many reasons to think he should stay put in Green Bay. The Packers own their division. With half of the four-team field cleaning house this month, and with the Lions entering Year Two of their latest regime, the deck continues to be stacked for the Pack. Why would Rodgers want to leave?

He said on Saturday that he doesn’t want to be part of a rebuild. He surely will exercise a little leverage  (or a lot) to try to shape the roster the way he’d like it to be shaped, beginning with the retention of receiver Davante Adams. How much of that will the front office welcome?

They seem to at least be listening to him at this point. Whether they’ll heed his preferences and act on them is a different issue. G.M. Brian Gutekunst may grow weary of Rodgers using the not-so-subtle threat of leaving as a way to get what and who he wants.

As to the previously fractured Rodgers and Gutekunst relationship, Rodgers claims publicly that has improved. Privately, as we understand it, it’s still far from warm or fuzzy. Rodgers didn’t like Gutekunst before the 2021 season and — surprise, surprise — the strong-willed, grudge-clinging quarterback still doesn’t particularly care for the G.M.

Our current guess is that Rodgers will indeed invoke the verbal (i.e., not worth the paper it’s not printed on) promise by the team to trade him this year, if that’s what he wants. As we understand it, the two sides agreed to keep the contract intact for this season so that the Packers could get immediate compensation for Rodgers, not a compensatory draft pick in 2023.

Where could he go? The Broncos obviously will be one of the most logical destinations. Having Hackett there makes the transition much easier than it would be if Rodgers lands with a team where he hasn’t worked with the coach. Other teams to watch, in our reasonably informed opinion, are the Steelers, Raiders, 49ers, and maybe even the Giants. (The Saints were in play, before Sean Payton resigned. Presumably, they could re-enter the discussion depending on their coaching hire.)

As to the Giants, Wednesday’s comments from management about quarterback Daniel Jones seemingly close the door on the possibility. But if Rodgers would show interest, the Giants would be crazy to not listen and ponder. In Las Vegas, the coaching hire obviously becomes a major factor. The Pittsburgh option becomes fascinating, given that this is the kind of move the organization normally wouldn’t make. For Rodgers, maybe they make an exception.

The 49ers remain a long shot. Beyond the fact that they’ve cast their lot with Trey Lance, Gutekunst likely wouldn’t ship Rodgers to a franchise that has established a postseason mastery of the Packers in recent years. In 2008, for example, the Packers were adamant about blocking Brett Favre from joining a division rival, adding a term to the trade package that would have required the Jets to give up three first-round picks if they traded him to Chicago, Detroit, or Minnesota. (The Jets released Favre after one year, opening the door for his signing with the Vikings.)

What if the Packers renege on the unenforceable promise to trade him? Rodgers would retire, and then possibly unretire later in the year, like Favre did. One thing about the retirement possibility is very clear — if Tom Brady calls it quits this year, Rodgers will not want to inevitably be second fiddle to the GOAT when they enter Canton in the same class.

70 responses to “What’s next for Aaron Rodgers?

  1. Come on Florio, the Packers would never trade Rogers to an NFC team. That’s just not happening.

  2. He is staying in Green Bay with his boy Luke Getsy. He said he didnt want to be in a rebuild which is what Denver and Pittsburgh are in. Green Bay performed great all year with fat contracts on IR they can eliminate or restructure.

    There is no better option for him to succeed without having to relearn or rebuild than Green Bay.

  3. Doe Rodgers, at this stage, really want 4 games a year against Mahomes and Herbert? Plus the same conference with Burrow and Allen? When the Pack can win 10-12 each year?

  4. Forget the Saints – Rodgers got more sense than to go to a team that has to cut $71 million worth of players in the next couple of months

  5. Packers, no more Super Bowls, complete and utter frustration, retirement.

  6. If the Packers lose Rodgers, does that mean the Lions and Bears have legit chances to win the North? That division may end up worse than the 2020 NFC East

  7. Why not Indy? Carson Wentz will always be Carson Wentz. Indy knows this. With Rodgers, they’d be scary good.

  8. As for what’s next, 2 things arer certain: 1) His job is not in jeopardy if he chooses to remain in Green Bay, and 2) His job is not in Jeopardy if he chooses trying to become a TV personality.

  9. The AFC is stacked with excellent young QBs, even if the surrounding cast with the Broncos ends up being better than what’s left in Green Bay, I still don’t fancy his chances there.

  10. So they trade him for what, 3 first round picks? Maybe 2 and something else? He’s worth at least that. So Rodgers goes to a bad team (if the Steelers, Broncos or Giants) and that team doesn’t have a first round pick this year (or next if it’s anyone but the Giants with their 2 early first rounders). So Rodgers is out of GB but also on a much worse team. His best bet for his legacy (he cares about that far more than money) is to stay with the caveat that they’ll spend money or draft picks on weapons. They haven’t drafted a weapon there in a LONG time. Start doing the Tom Brady contracts that allow for money to be spent on other players and see if they can win that way.

  11. We don’t know what his next team will be, but we do know there will be plenty of drama involved.

  12. Realistically it’s who wants him AND can afford him. Pittsburgh has almost $31m in cap space. They could probably swing a deal, but would Tomlin deal with his diva attitude. The Raiders would depend on who gets hired as HC. If they were to get Harbaugh, I can’t see those two working well together. If Russel Wilson gets traded he may want to go to Seattle, but would the Packers really risk sending him a to another NFC team?

    His diva attitude will rub a lot of coaches the wrong way, so it will probably be down to coaches that have previously worked with him. That makes Denver a team to keep an eye on.

  13. Yep it all depends on Brady really. He has to play one more season than him for the hall.

    That ego driven fool will not let Tom steal his day.

  14. If he’s available, why wouldn’t the Titans be in on the trade talks? And I don’t see how the 49ers could pull off a trade with no first round pick this year or next

  15. Send him to the AFC and get as many picks as possible. He wants to set the market and there is no way the Packers can afford him and put a competitive roster together at the same time – let someone else fail at that. Campbell and Douglas where the luckiest of lucky finds and that path to secure the required talent is not a model you can count on.

  16. He either stays in Green Bay or he goes to the AFC. Not seeing the Broncos, given the quality of the other teams in the division. A move to the AFC South seems more plausible, either to the Colts or the Titans.

  17. They are going to trade him to Pittsburg for a ham sandwich and a Best Buy gift card.

  18. If the Raiders offer the Packers Derek Carr and two 1st round picks for Rodgers, I do that trade in a heartbeat.

  19. Why delay the obvious ? At some point the Packers need to see what Jordan Love has. It’s a scary thought but it has to happen.
    I don’t care where Rodgers lands if the request is to be traded. Rodgers only has 2 or 3 years left in the tank,… if that.
    The best Draft Compensation is what the Packers need,… and should focus on. They don’t have to be #1’s either. The Packers have had great success with 2nd and 3rd round picks.

  20. It’s at 50/50 he either stays out or it’s on to Denver! With Hacket there Rodgers doesn’t have to learn a new offense! This will be discussed with Adams as well. They are tied at the hip!

  21. His diva attitude will rub a lot of coaches the wrong way, so it will probably be down to coaches that have previously worked with him
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    I love how people read a couple stories and think they know a guy. The internet age! Truth is, you’ve got no idea what it’s like to coach Rodgers, what his attitude is, and really no idea what you’re talking about.

  22. Possible Hot Take Alert: You get a better Rodgers if you don’t ALSO get Davante Adams. Take a look at the last game in which Rodgers did nothing but force the ball to Adams and Jones. Rodgers seems unable to trust anyone in the playoffs. Rodgers in games without Davante is a Rodgers who keeps the chains moving and “settles” for taking what is available. It’s a stark difference.

  23. I have to laugh with the poster who said “ but would Tomlin deal with his diva attitude”,
    as if Tomlin’s not a diva himself.

  24. The Packers front office will pretend that they want to keep Aaron at all costs. The truth of the matter is that Aaron turns 39 in early December. Brady’s (and Brees) has skewed the thinking of what old in the NFL means. The Packers will ultimately try to make a move in garnering a slew of picks for Aaron as his effectiveness is very temporary. Maybe 2 years max? And even with the team they had this year and great play from Aaron, they did not win a playoff game. They will move on and try to fleece Denver, Indy, or some team. It only takes on dummy.

  25. Rodgers should retire. The fact that any team is interested in him is what’s most puzzling. Does any fanbase want to watch this choker lead their team to another disappointing playoff loss?

  26. Trade Rodgers and Davante for a king’s ransom, including Jeudy. Use part of that new capital to trade for Russell Wilson.

  27. Packers are 40 plus million over the cap his cap number is 40million plus now you have to pay Adams there’s another 20 million add it up and you need to trim about 60 million good luck with that.

    Bakhtiari is gone both Smiths , lowry , jones , Amos , Turner , Cobb , Crosby , Lewis and find another 4 or 5 and you’d be just under the cap to sign your rookie draft class.

  28. “Our current guess is that Rodgers will indeed invoke the verbal (i.e., not worth the paper it’s not printed on) promise by the team to trade him this year, if that’s what he wants.”

    Well, don’t go too far out on the limb!

  29. Tony Awesome says:
    January 27, 2022 at 10:40 am

    Why delay the obvious ? At some point the Packers need to see what Jordan Love has. It’s a scary thought but it has to happen.

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    We’ve seen what Jordan Love has. With a lot of work and development, he could become a really good backup QB.

  30. What’s next for Aaron Rodgers? Who cares? I just hope that the insurance ad’s are pulled, why would they want to associate with a loser? At least they still have Mahomes, a real winner.

    The MVP issue is also still being considered and I truly think that if Cooper Kupp plays well this weekend against the 49rs he should get it.

  31. Will repeat this till I’m cheese-colored in the face: After much angst, media attention and concern (which Rodgers will enjoy), he will make the only practical decision to stay, Pack fans will rejoice, he will put up MVP numbers facing lousy NFCN teams (like my favorite team), cheesers and the NFL world will not see the personnel and coaching flaws during the regular season and super bowl hype will start, the Pack will fail in the playoffs, Pack fans will be devastated, and the cycle will repeat for the 5th year in a row.

  32. My bet is that he will stick around 1 more year to mentor Jordan Love. He wants to make sure this fine young man stays on the path to success.

  33. Why not Indy? Carson Wentz will always be Carson Wentz. Indy knows this. With Rodgers, they’d be scary good.
    ==========

    Good young receivers, fast track dome.. best RB in football.. great O-line… good/great D… That would be fun to watch, however much I’d hate to see him in another uniform.

    .. man, what a dogfight the AFC would be!

    Especially if Brady is done, he’s probably better off staying put.

  34. Please go look at the salary cap situation before making guesses about the Packers roster.
    Do you have $20 million + to retain Adams? They could franchise him, but they’re $40 mill OVER the cap now.

    The more the salary cap/roster problem in Green Bay is ignored the more ridiculous the speculation sounds.
    It’s rebuilding time in Green Bay.

  35. Options for Aaron? Any team, any league he wants. Who in their right mind wouldnt want a 40 million dollar quarterback that cant win playoff games?

  36. I can’t see any other team that’s a sure upgrade for him. The question with GB is who they can keep/sign/draft – whether they would still look like the best fit by the time the new season starts.

    I’ve been saying for years that they’re one small variable away. But comparing how the likes of Mahomes, Allen, and Burrow took over their playoff games, while Rodgers never did… I’m a bit stumped. He sure looks like the most talented QB in football, perhaps ever, but this is too much of a trend to ignore.

  37. blowncallssuck says:
    January 27, 2022 at 10:14 am
    Yep it all depends on Brady really. He has to play one more season than him for the hall.

    That ego driven fool will not let Tom steal his day.

    Tom Brady has not even come out yet to say he’s retiring. He could very well play next season.

  38. Can’t fathom people not liking this guy. He is a Top 5 all time QB who doesn’t get rattled and cares about team success and is not afraid to say what he thinks.

  39. 49ers have gotten flack for not picking aaron 1st overall back in the 2005 draft for years now.

    However, he has given them 4 playoff wins since then.

  40. I’ve been saying for years that they’re one small variable away. But comparing how the likes of Mahomes, Allen, and Burrow took over their playoff games, while Rodgers never did… I’m a bit stumped.
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    Near perfect game @ Atlanta, 2010
    5 Playoff games with a passer rating over 125
    5 more over 100.. thats half the playoff games he’s been in

    4 games under 80.. oddly enough, 1 was a win… and another should have been (2014 NFCCG)

    This criticism is complete bologna.

  41. As a soon to be 39 year old quarterback, any ‘win now team’ with a need for a quarterback is in the market, regardless of which conference or division.
    The Packers had their window closed by the 49ers, and won’t be competing for a title unless Jordan Love truly is ready to start in September. He’s not, and with their free agency and cap situation, Green Bay is realistically looking at a rebuild.
    So any team that gives them multiple picks is an option with that being the case, because the Packers won’t be their competitors next season or even the year after.

  42. How is Tampa Bay not on this list of potential candidates? Of course, depending on Brady’s retirement or relocation.

  43. As a Packer fan I don’t have a problem trading him inside the NFC. Just get the best deal for him possible so the franchise can move forward. If the 49ers want to give up on their QB and send some picks or players back I am all for it. Won’t afford all those defensive players in return.

  44. the Pack will fail in the playoffs, Pack fans will be devastated, and the cycle will repeat for the 5th year in a row.
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    I don’t see a path to the Super Bowl for this team after blowing 2 great chances the last 2 years. Maybe if they strike gold and land a 1986 49ers Draft class.

    No rational Packers fan is ‘devastated’. The zealots, probably.

  45. The Raiders will trade LIMU EMU running back Tulsa for Aaron Rogers and he has to use his DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHECK so we can bring in D/Adams and Harbaugh .

  46. Rogers has said he doesn’t want to be part of a rebuilding process. Denver is the definition of a rebuild in the making. They have a few good young players but not enough after the failure of the “Elway as GM” experiment. It’s going to be another year or two for them to become competitive in the division.

  47. What if Rodgers tell the Packers that he wants to play for them next year, but doesn’t want to extend? He is smart, and he can “save face” with the fans by being willing to stay, but hinting that it is his last year, hence the unwillingness to extend. The Packers would most certainly be forced to trade him. “Not his fault.”
    It will be incredibly hard to keep Davonte, MVS etc. if you spend nearly 1/4 of the cap on one guy.

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