Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers; who was the Broncos’ Plan A?

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The circumstances suggest that the Broncos pivoted from Aaron Rodgers to Russell Wilson once it became known that Rodgers is staying with the Packers. There’s a very real narrative that Wilson wasn’t Plan B for Denver, that he was Plan A.

That would make the two-time MVP Plan B.

Yes, the Broncos spent roughly a month working on the deal that officially will bring Wilson to Denver next Wednesday. But the talks may have always been contingent on Rodgers choosing not to leave Green Bay.

It’s simple. The Broncos have a tentative package for Wilson and a tentative package for Rodgers, Rodgers makes the decision to stay, and the Broncos turn to Seattle. The fact that the Broncos had something ready to go for Wilson underscores the reality that an understanding existed as to what it would take to land Rodgers, if he decided to go to Denver.

But, again, there’s a very real narrative that the Bronco wanted Wilson over Rodgers. If that narrative is true, the timing of Tuesday’s moves look incredibly coincidental. And, if that narrative is true, it’s hard not to wonder whether Rodgers caught wind of the possibility that his primary alternative to the Packers was about to strike a deal with the Seahawks, and whether Rodgers finalized his decision in order to create the impression that he, not Wilson, was Plan A in Denver.

The supersensitive Rodgers is surely sensitive to the appearance that the Broncos picked over a four-time league MVP someone who has never gotten a single MVP vote. Why else would Rodgers break his Twitter silence to announce his decision to return to Green Bay while also foolishly quibbling over whether he actually has “signed” a new contract?

66 responses to “Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers; who was the Broncos’ Plan A?

  1. You know, I don’t miss Favre any longer because now we have Rodgers’ diva moves to exasperate as well as entertain us. He gives the scribes something to speculate about on an almost hourly basis, too.

  2. Rodgers is without a doubt the most insufferably petty “big name” athlete the sport has seen, perhaps ever. Whether or not this angle is true, it will surely help sustain his lifelong victimization complex.

  3. Does it really matter if they wanted Rodgers or not? Any team shopping for a veteran QB would have considered if they could get Rodgers this year, so why don’t we assume they considered it and decided that Wilson was there guy. Doesn’t matter if Rodgers took himself off the market or not.

  4. Obviously not Wilson based on how fast the deal was file the second ARog said he was staying in GB.

  5. Rodgers went on McAfee’s show to tell the world that he’s going to remain a Packer. What usually follows is the signing of the contract. What is he whining about? Whether he was Denver’s plan A or B, they are surely going to be spared a lot of drama by going with Wilson.

  6. Rodgers desperately wanted out of GB.
    He was “torn” about the decision because Denver was waiting to see if they could get Russ.

    Once the trade was agreed and Rodgers realized Denver wasn’t interested in him, he hastily leaked that he was staying to make it look like it was his choice.

  7. We’re skipping WAY ahead. Drew Lock was plan A. Teddy Bridgewater was plan B. This is either plan C or D. (Probably D)

  8. Regardless the Broncos came out ahead. Wilson will be around longer, and they don’t have to put up with Rodger’s antics. Rodgers also doesn’t come through on the big games. He should have not been MVP of the league. It’s a nice title but really doesn’t reflect on his season. He choked at the most crucial time for the packers (again). He can no longer win the big games.

  9. They may have also had the exact same package for Rodgers, and just offered it to both teams, and said who wants our offer

  10. Why would anyone want that diva on their team? Anyways, Rodgers is back to 4 years of no rings!

  11. Stop kidding yourself. Rodgers was never leaving the Packers. He’s too selfish. He held them hostage. He just loves to be the star in the drama and wants all the attention. Broncos definitely got the better player and teammate with Russ. Glad to see he knocked Rodgers off the front page with the trade. Aaron can pout in a sea of cash.

  12. Sounds to me like Nathaniel Hackett knows Rodgers very well and decided Russell Wilson was the preferable option.

  13. UPDATE. . . .

    Egregious paperwork error has Zack, not Russell, Wilson going to Denver.
    The Jets will stand pat with Flacco.

  14. I would have been good with Rodgers leaving, but…

    Maybe Rodgers is/was salty because incorrect information was put out there… again… by an “insider” in the never ending quest to be first, accuracy be damned.

  15. Everyone knew where Seattle and Wilson stood. And everyone knew Rodgers was easily using a trade possibility as bait for a new contract in Green Bay. The Broncos would be idiots if they had Rodgers as plan A, as would anyone who thought there was any real chance of Rodgers leaving Green Bay.

  16. The talk was always Wilson. No team really wants the headaches of Rodgers on their teams. Packers are used to dealing with the Mr diva.

  17. Win or lose, Wilson over diva Rodgers anyday. Even if Rodgers were to win another 10 SB’s it wouldn’t matter to most. He’s like a bad headache you wish would just go away. The only way for that to happen is for him to have a few dismal seasons, which hopefully he does. Pride comes before fall.

  18. Either way it cost GB $50 million a year to keep Aaron, since one of the main requirements for Russ is to be the highest paid player when he signs his new contract, which his current one expires next year, it will cost Denver $55 to $60 million a year (and one reason why Seattle balked at trying to keep him) to keep Russ more than a year or two. So who ever is the new owner will need to pony up about $150 million give or take for the guaranteed part of Russ’s new contract.

  19. gbpforme says:
    March 9, 2022 at 10:07 am
    How many big games has Russell Wilson ever won?

    The same number as Aaron Rodgers.

  20. gbpforme says:
    March 9, 2022 at 10:07 am
    How many big games has Russell Wilson ever won?
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    As many as Rodgers.

  21. it’s hard not to wonder whether Rodgers caught wind of the possibility that his primary alternative to the Packers was about to strike a deal with the Seahawks, and whether Rodgers finalized his decision in order to create the impression that he, not Wilson, was Plan A in Denver.
    +++++
    It’s really not hard at all.

  22. Perhaps the Packers were not lying when they said nobody has called about a trade. I mean, we all saw the recent playoff performance. 0 TD’s. Less than 100 yards passing to anybody that wasn’t a RB. Is it really that far fetched to believe another team didn’t want to give up multiple #1’s, #2’s, and pay that aging underperformer $50 mil a year?

  23. And another thing……a team was really going to give up that many picks, just to hear Rodgers say, every single year…..”maybe I’ll return…”

  24. Es El Repollo! says:
    March 9, 2022 at 10:17 am
    I would have been good with Rodgers leaving, but…

    Maybe Rodgers is/was salty because incorrect information was put out there… again… by an “insider” in the never ending quest to be first, accuracy be damned.
    ///////
    Seems to me Rodgers is proven the liar each time he disputes some info that gets leaked out.

  25. As is often said, the simplest, most obvious explanation is the likeliest answer. The dominos did fall in the exact order they were pushed. Sure, the Broncos had a package ready for Wilson but it was plan B…which was executed as soon as plan A went down the drain. There is no way their new Coach (former Packer OC) wanted Wilson over Rodgers….end of story. The only reason Rodger’s contract is somewhat in flux is to make sure Adams gets his contract and Rodgers will make sure his does not get in the way. The simplest answer is reality.

  26. I think Florio was right. Rodgers had a menu of options.
    Denver was the appetizer in a trade,… or the entree,…a huge payday in GB.
    The Russell Wilson trade was plan b all hinging on what Rodgers decided. That’s why it came out after the Rodgers news.

  27. How many big games has Russell Wilson ever won?
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    With Brady gone, only 2 QBs have been to multiple Super Bowls.

    Russ is one of them.

  28. Given that the cost of assets would be the same for Rodgers or Willson, Wilson being younger and less of a diva is the better deal.

  29. How many big games has Russell Wilson ever won?

    They both have one ring.

    Russell Wilson winning percentage: 65.8% (regular season), 56.2% (playoffs)
    Aaron Rodgers winning percentage: 67.5% (regular season), 52.3% (playoffs)

    Russ has 24 comebacks and 32 game-winning drives in his career.
    Aaron has 18 comebacks and 27 game-winning drives in his career.

    Stat-wise, it’s basically a push. But Russ is 5 years younger.

  30. Stop kidding yourself. Rodgers was never leaving the Packers. He’s too selfish. He held them hostage.
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    Just like the last time Rodgers got extended, the Packers raced to the vault as fast as they could to give them their cash.

    Hardly ‘hostages’. More like accomplices.

  31. So glad this happened and that it was Russ and not Rodgers. We got the younger QB and kept all of the WRs in place. Fant not really worried about after a disappointing year of holding, false starts, illegal motion penalties. Plus with Albert O coming back TE is still good. Shelby was a big loss because man could deflect passes all day on the line. The picks, who cares they are picks and by no means guarantees of star players who will be around 3 years from now. We still have 2nd, two 3s, two 4s, two 5s a six and two 7s this year. Starters and Stars are always found in the later rounds and busts are found in the front

  32. Plan “A” was the person/team who stepped forward first. Since the Packers made two of the stupidest moves in recent memory keeping Rodgers and Adams while destroying the team long term, I think the Broncos smartly had a coin flip for either player.

    Five years from now the Packers will be in the basement of the NFC North. They might contend again this year, but Rodgers comes up small in the playoffs. So what’s the point? Spend a fortune on two players who are me first and team second.

    When people look up the term “over the cap” they will find a perpetual picture of the Packers logo.

  33. Or the logical explanation. The Rodgers decision was due yesterday. The decision was announced yesterday. And the Broncos quickly pivoted to a prearranged deal with Seattle.

  34. Broncos GM seems like he’s smart; ergo, it was Russ.

    Factor in that Russ will cost, over next 3-4 yrs, about $10M less AND is about 5-6 yrs younger…never mind the intangibles that Russ rises under pressure, A-Rod shrinks…no brainer.

  35. tonyzendejas says:
    March 9, 2022 at 11:05 am

    How many big games has Russell Wilson ever won?

    They both have one ring.

    Russell Wilson winning percentage: 65.8% (regular season), 56.2% (playoffs)
    Aaron Rodgers winning percentage: 67.5% (regular season), 52.3% (playoffs)

    Russ has 24 comebacks and 32 game-winning drives in his career.
    Aaron has 18 comebacks and 27 game-winning drives in his career.

    Stat-wise, it’s basically a push. But Russ is 5 years younger.

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    This is a ridiculous comparison. The underlying assumption is that the only person that matters in an organization is the QB. They year the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, they had the #1 defense in the NFL. How many times have the Packers had the #1 defense in Rodgers career? Zero times. Over his career Matthew Stafford had a 0% winning percentage in playoff games before this season. Now his winning percentage in playoff games is higher than Wilson and Rodgers. Did he go from a lousy QB to a really good one in the last year?

  36. Rodgers was Plan A because the goal is to at least get one SuperBowl, and because of his age Broncos would have had to give up less.

  37. Who was Plan A? How about a better question: Who’s on the Broncos? Wilson, and that’s all that matters.

  38. There was never ever a trade “on the table” for Rodgers. The first call a team would have to make is to Gutey and ask “are you taking calls for trading 12?” and the ONLY answer that Gutey could or would give is NO! End of story.

  39. So does Russ know the Bronco’s o-line ain’t much better than Seattle‘s? And their WR’s are definitely two steps down, and they traded Fant in the deal. Going to be a lot of low-scoring games for Denver this year. They’ll be batting Las Vegas for 3rd place in the West.

  40. Does Rodgers now lose leverage if he really hasn’t signed contract and has no other real suitors? Who was Plan A only matters to one person, Rodgers. Everyone else could not care less.

  41. The only problem with that narrative is that at least according to Adam Schefter, that the Broncos were never in contact with Green Bay. Likewise it was reported nearly two weeks ago by other insiders that the Broncos almost traded for a quarterback but the deal fell through?

    I would bet that it was the initial trade talk for Wilson given ‘they have been working on a Wilson trade for weeks’ narrative going around – which means they’re interest in Rodgers was done at least weeks ago, and the trade had nothing to do with Rodgers.

  42. So Wilson once threatened to play baseball and ultimately forced his way out of a successful franchise yet Rodgers is being called a Diva? Other than getting upset when his team foolishly drafted a QB when they needed WRs, I would say that Rodgers has been less of a diva than most players of his stature.

  43. dcspeedway says:
    March 9, 2022 at 11:50 am
    Wilson will have Denver in a Super Bowl before Rodgers will have Green Bay.

    Please explain what you are basing this on?Packers easily win division…this gets them in playoffs.Broncos might get lucky and win Wildcard?Maybe?Hard to win SB when you are not in the playoffs.Wilson might be the worst QB in divison.Granted very tough grading curve.Then Denver mortgages the future by giving up all of the picks they did.Take a close look at the broncos team…very good secondary and good RB maybe 2 if Gordon stays.WRs are not anything special.High picks but not high performers.Seattle has better WRs.Even with the good DBs the defense is average.Probably looking at a 3rd or 4th place finish in the AFC West.Congrats!

  44. I think it’s pretty funny, Wilson is overrated and no good until the comparison is Rodgers, then Wilson is the better choice. Whatever.

    Plenty of teams would be happy to have Rodgers as their franchise QB for the deal he just signed. Other teams may not have called because they figured he was staying put.

  45. I’m just thrilled the packers have big mouth Rodgers at 50 a year rather then picks

  46. You would think Russ was Plan A as five years younger. Rodgers the better thrower, but when you are paying as much in draft capital and players as Denver did, then you’ll have to swallow a new, massive contract that will hamstring the very efforts you just made to get a “franchise QB” and build a Super Bowl team, you get someone that you can have longer. Simple.

  47. Smart– but pretty basic– move by Denver to have both discussions going at the same time. Rodgers is twice the QB Russ is at this point but Wilson is definitely worth going after. All the Rodgers hate is ridiculous though. People get so worked up because the guy stands up for himself and isn’t shy about talking.

  48. So calling every team to inquire about QB status was due diligence but having two contingency plans is clearly a Plan A / Plan B situation? Why aren’t the Broncos congratulated for having multiple plans in play?

  49. I would prefer Wilson over Rodgers.
    Wilson seems to do more with less.

  50. Plan C was Drew Locke so does it matter at all? They are infinitely better and that’s all that matters today.

  51. As a Packer fan – Straight up – I’d take 3 over 12. Rodgers is a little better as a quarterback – Wilson is a lot better as everything else.

  52. I’d say the Broncos plan is to try to win another super bowl. The last time they did it, they went and signed an elite veteran HOF QB, Peyton Manning. I think their Plan A was to try to get another top QB, like Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers. Plan B was probably a Carson Wentz or a Garoppolo type. They got their first choice. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

  53. Do the math… when Rodgers announced he was staying in GB… Wilson was in Denver taking a physical and had sign the no-trade waiver the day before in Seattle… Denver made their choice before Rodgers made his… Denver wanted Wilson not Rodgers… Rodgers jump up and announced he had choose to stay to cover-up the fact Denver did not choose him… They spent a month working on this deal, if Wilson sign the the no-trade waiver on Monday sand went for a physical on Tuesday the deal between Seattle and Denver was finalize on Sunday at the latest and presented to Wilson on Monday.. while reports were seem saying Rodgers had not made up his mind… Denver did not spend a month working on a very complicated deal with Seattle for Wilson as a plan B… and Wilson didn’t sign a waiver on Monday and fly to Denver on Tuesday in the hope that at some point on Tuesday Rodgers would choose to stay in GB… That makes no sense… Denver wanted Wilson and they kept at it until they got him…

  54. Wilson will have Denver in a Super Bowl before Rodgers will have Green Bay.
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    Look at all the teams Wilson has to climb over in the AFC.

    Whats left in the NFC, if Brady can’t get to the 9ers?

  55. As a Packer fan – Straight up – I’d take 3 over 12. Rodgers is a little better as a quarterback – Wilson is a lot better as everything else.
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    Rodgers is a 4x MVP

    Wilson has never received an MVP vote.

    There isn’t a single thing Russ has done better than Rodgers. Mobility, maybe… 3 years ago.

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