If Aaron Rodgers leaves the Packers for another team, where would he go?

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Last year, it seems as if Aaron Rodgers put on the parachute, got on the plane, waited for it to reach altitude, stood at the open door. And then decided not to jump.

Thus year, Rodgers seems to be putting the parachute on again.

In his Tuesday comments to Pat McAfee and A.J. Hawk, it became abundantly clear that Rodgers will at least ponder the possibility of playing for another team. And with plenty of teams potentially looking for new quarterbacks, we decided to make a list of possible destinations — if only to cross them off.

Here’s the broadest possible list we could come up with, presented in the order the standings are arranged in my own mind: AFC then NFC; East, North, South, West.

Jets.

They’re considering their options. And owner Woody Johnson has expressed a willingness to spend for the right player. Would they go all in for a 39-year-old quarterback, like they did 15 years ago for a then-38 Brett Favre?

Would Rodgers be willing to swap the largely friendly confines of Wisconsin for New York? Jets fans would roll out the red carpet for him. The moment he slips, they’ll start booing him louder than he’s ever been booed before.

Dolphins.

This one is fascinating. The Dolphins have put together a great offense under coach Mike McDaniel. That has made quarterback Tua Tagovailoa look good. What would it do for someone like Rodgers?

That’s a question Dolphins fans need to consider. Although their intense loyalty to Tua has caused them to at times be delusional about the potential limits on his overall abilities, ardent fans of the Dolphins should be willing to ask the question of whether the team could be even better with a better quarterback.

Rodgers would be a better quarterback. He could be the difference between hovering around .500 and making a Super Bowl run.

Patriots.

If Mac Jones is out, could Rodgers be in? A pairing of Rodgers with Bill Belichick would be fascinating. The real question is whether the Patriots would have enough around Rodgers to make it work for both player and team.

Ravens.

If they trade Lamar Jackson, they’ll need a new quarterback. The easy move would be to elevate Tyler Huntley. The tougher move would be to acquire a quarterback whose presence requires an overhaul to the offense.

All things considered, this one doesn’t make sense. It would be too big of an investment, and too dramatic of a change.

Titans.

They’ve got a chance to become very good again, quickly. Potent defense, Derrick Henry, great coach. Tennessee makes plenty of sense for Rodgers.

Texans.

Rodgers said Tuesday that he doesn’t want to be part of a rebuild. So scratch the Texans off this list.

Colts.

This one makes sense for Rodgers. It doesn’t make sense for the Colts, who desperately need to break the habit of one-year arrangements with aging quarterbacks, one year too late.

Raiders.

The Raiders are looking for a new quarterback. Whether Rodgers and coach Josh McDaniels would work well together would be a very real question. And if the goal for Rodgers is to win for the division, he probably shouldn’t pick the one that has Patrick Mahomes in it.

Commanders.

They’re planning to go forward with Sam Howell. If Rodgers would be interested, they’d have to at least consider the possibility. As divisional degree of difficulty goes, however, Rodgers would probably be wise to consider a place other than the NFC East.

Panthers.

Owner David Tepper is perpetually looking for a franchise quarterback. And the team is good enough to contend with someone like Rodgers on the roster.

Buccaneers.

Again, Rodgers doesn’t want to be part of a rebuilding effort. The Buccaneers suddenly feel like they’re caught in that mode. Next.

Saints.

This one would have been fascinating a year or two ago. Now, it feels as if the Saints are at too much of a crossroads to be enticing to Rodgers. Also, they’d have a rough time coming up with the cap space to absorb his contract.

Falcons.

This one’s intriguing. The Falcons have won more games than anyone would have expected over the past two years. They have some very talented skill-position players. They’re potentially on the verge of popping into “contender” status. Rodgers could get them there.

49ers.

In April 2021, the 49ers tried to trade for Rodgers. They’ve since given up way too much to get Trey Lance, and they’ve stumbled into Brock Purdy. If they’re going to add an aging veteran at the quarterback position, they’re far more likely to sign Tom Brady.

Seahawks.

Geno Smith wants to stay, and the Seahawks seem to want him. If, however, Rodgers hopes to play on the West Coast, this is probably the closest he’ll get to California — short of heading to Las Vegas.

107 responses to “If Aaron Rodgers leaves the Packers for another team, where would he go?

  1. of those teams, the most intriguing is the Titans…
    in that division with Roger at qb they would be dominate!

  2. He’s not going anywhere. This is simply Rodgers being a weirdo which as a Packers fan is the price we have to pay for what is, for me at least, a literal lifetime of non-stop HOF QB play for the last 30+ years.

  3. The Favre saga all over again…
    This time it would be fun to see him play a year with the Patriots then end up with the Bears

  4. Seahawks, Commanders, Dolphins, Raiders; those seem like the 4 most likely with Raiders as Number 1, assuming TB12 doesn’t want to go there.

  5. Whichever facility has the widest doorways will win out. His inflated ego causes his head to grow exponentially.

  6. Rodgers will be most likely be back in GB for the 2023 season.
    GB had a tough season based on a couple issues. The O Line was missing 2 all pro’s through the 1st half of the year from ACL injuries incurred the year before. And Rodgers didn’t meld with his WR’s until halfway through the season. That’s partially on him and LaFleur. Even though his contract has clauses in it that allows for a trade or retirement without huge dead cap hits, I can’t see him changing teams for 1 or 2 seasons. If he doesn’t come back,.. it’s most likely because he calls it quits and retires.

  7. I suspect he either retires or stays in WI, but if he does move on, the Pack probably wouldn’t trade him to a team in the NFC, and he’s not going to a rebuild scenario or a team without offensive weapons. That seems to leave the Jets or Dolphins.

  8. The Patriots have great defense, great running game, very good offensive line, very good receivers. They would be immediate contenders with Rodgers.

  9. The Bears also have enough capital to get a serviceable starter at QB. Doubtful they would trade him within the division, tho.

  10. He’ll be in Green Bay again next season after all of “Where Might
    Rodgers Go” drama is over with.

  11. The only team that will have him at this point is the Packers. No other team is as spineless or would grovel to Rodgers like the Packers.

  12. Who really believes that Rodgers would make it in New England considering who the coach is.Rodgers has always had more influence than his coaches have on or off the field,will BB put up with this challenge from Rodgers or simply show him who is running that team.would be fun to watch the havoc Rodgers enormous ego would cause in New England.

  13. “of those teams, the most intriguing is the Titans…
    in that division with Roger at qb they would be dominate!” yes,and his huge ego driven influence would run that team.he would be a player coach like he was in Green Bay for many years.

  14. Canada. He aint going anywhere. The Packer Org are total whimps. If they were to trade him and he has a good year it means they have a crap team that even he couldnt win with. They dont want that embarrassment.
    Thats why they didnt do this two years ago, worried about the fallout from the fans and losing their jobs.

  15. State Farm has moved on, I have only seen one AR commercial this season vs. about a dozen featuring Patrick Mahomes. Since State Farm is an expert in risk management, I’m gonna go with them.

  16. You have the chance to play 17 games next year skipping ota’s and part of training camp and all of the pre season and get 56 mil for it. Your not retiring!

  17. There is no way the Seahawks trade for Rodgers. They just traded away one over the hill QB, they are not going to go out and get another, especially at the price Rodgers would cost, picks and salary, and with how well Geno played. Geno may or may not be the answer long term, but at the current price and salary levels he is a heck of a lot better an option than Rodgers!

  18. Tampa wouldn’t be in rebuild. Not with the wideouts and linebackers. Rodgers would go there. We just need a new coaching staff

  19. wardo says:
    How would they deal with 90+ million in dead cap?
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    They won’t. The contract he signed last March has clauses in it to protect the Packers in the case he retires or requests a trade. That was part of his agreement. The protections void parts of his contract based on his decision to retire or ask for a trade. Aaron doesn’t hold all the cards here.

  20. Since Rodgers can get paid 60 million dollars by staying in GB I really doubt he will leave. It’s all lip service. GB will have to kind of do what he says and add some help for him because they aren’t going to pay him to leave. I doubt Rodgers would forego that money unless he’s getting a huge new guarantee. I would love the Patriots to get him, but I really doubt it. More likely the Jets or Miami. It’s not BB’s style to pay vets like that.

  21. As a Packers fan,….yes please. The GBP will have to eat $40 million of his cap hit, so the team taking him would “only” have to pay $15 mil, which is pretty affordable for a starting QB. Could he have another great season or two and lead a team to the playoffs? Sure, he could. The more likely thing is his skills will continue to decline, though his ego does not similarly shrink. Most likely outcome is he helps a relatively “set” or loaded team to the playoffs, and then comes up small in the big games as he has in Green Bay for the last 4-5 years.

  22. Hard to see ANY of these being appealing to him other than the 9’ers or maybe the Dolphins. The rest are all steps back which are hard to see him being accepting of. The Patriots would be lol and would deservedly be categorized as Tom’s leftovers.

  23. Besides his salary what coach wants to be thrown under the bus every time things don’t go right for Rodgers. Can’t see Belichek doing that. Vrable neither. LaFleur has let Rodgers have his way since he’s been there. Pretty sure that Rodgers knows if he goes anywhere else the days of skipping OTAs and not being called out by the coach when he makes mistakes are over.

  24. End it and enjoy time with Mallory. (Please. Please? Please!)

    … although, with the $billions she stands to inherit, who knows what Rodgers could finagle?!

  25. Rodgers retires or plays for Packers next year. Really no in between. No one will trade for that $$ and GB would take massive cap hit just to not have him.

  26. Who really believes that Rodgers would make it in New England considering who the coach is
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    If he really wants to win, what more could he ask for?

    Of all the options, if he had any interest in rehabbing his image (LOL), that is BY FAR his best option.

  27. Rodgers seems to me to be a guy who is curious about the unknown or what most others would find quirky. I could seem him moving onto another zip code. I’m not convinced that $ are a priority to him any longer.
    GB is a possibility, but he looks so damn bored and impatient with that culture anymore. A warmer clime may be calling if there is interest.

  28. A team that is truly desperate. Rodgers comes off as too wishy-washy. Either the dude is all in our he is not. If the dude isn’t all in, I wouldn’t want him as my QB.

  29. Hopefully somewhere in the CFL. Let Canada deal with his smugness. (Sorry Canada!)
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    Take off, eh!

  30. Rodgers is going nowhere. However, he should make a condition of staying in Green Bay the addition of a bona fide #1 WR. Losing Adams really cost them a lot this year.

  31. He has fully guaranteed $60 million PLAYER OPTION. He’s not going anywhere and no team is going to pick up that contract. PERIOD

  32. He has fully guaranteed $60 million PLAYER OPTION. He’s not going anywhere and no team is going to pick up that contract. PERIOD
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    The option goes live at the start of the 2023 regular season, and is VERY friendly to a new team IF he was traded (cap hits of $15.8 mil for 2023, $24.4 for 2024)

    The Packers taking the 2023 cap hit is the roadblock. ($40.3mil cap hit for 2023)

  33. 60 mil farewell tour in GB, if he leaves it will be after 23. That’s the reason GB didn’t load up on free agents in 22, couldn’t afford to keep them. Draft some talent and hope in year 2 they are poised to make one last Rodgers SB run

  34. kemp13 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 12:05 pm
    Rodgers is going nowhere. However, he should make a condition of staying in Green Bay the addition of a bona fide #1 WR. Losing Adams really cost them a lot this year.
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    Yes he is going nowhere, his numbers as far as passing TDs and INTs were comparable to Justin Fields. I told Packers fans the Adams loss was going to be huge but just like seeing your girl kiss another guy at the party you are all so in love with A A Ron you refused for it to be true. I think most fans of the Packers and the NFL are tired of the drama. But talk about Rodgers will dominante the play-offs and the Super Bowl which is exactly what he wants. And Packers fans and the media make it so because of his PAST accomplishments.

  35. A more interesting question for me is what would it mean for the Packers to get Rodgers fully off its books. Any deal would presumably open up cap space and include significant draft picks. All-in-all, could be a good time for Green Bay to make such a move.

  36. You would not need to overhaul the Ravens offense if they brought in Rogers. Pick up Hopkins and maybe another FA WR or top prospect in the draft. We have Bateman and Duvernay, as well as one of the best TEs in the game. Our running game, defense and ST is fine.

  37. Jets or raiders only probable options. But let’s face it, after 6 weeks of him being a diva he’ll announce intentions to going back to GB.

  38. As a Giants fan, I love that Daniel Jones has erased enough doubt to keep the team from landing on a list like this.

  39. The question could be answered if the Packers brass decides to move on from several of his buddies who mostly have bloated contracts vs. performance. If they leave, it might hasten his way out.(Retire).
    Rumor has it he purchased land in Nashville. Titans might be there.

    Maybe the NFL will get a new international franchise in Lima, Peru where he likes to spend time in the off season sampling the local tea.

  40. He is more worried about his MVP and stats than winning a SB with a team. That is reason enough to stay away from him.

  41. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:17 am
    The Patriots have great defense, great running game, very good offensive line, very good receivers. They would be immediate contenders with Rodgers.

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    You forgot that all of the coaches are horrible. BB is the only thing keeping the D going and he along with the rest of those boobs have already destroyed the offense. Kraft and BB both know it. That is why they are looking for an OC now when he was 100% against it and he himself said it was a mistake. Patriots fans are the most irrational people on earth.

  42. Why would you want someone so overrated, especially at his age? He was a big game QB back in 2010, it’s 2023

  43. All this hate and yet if he came to your team, there’s not one of you that would not be totally psyched. You’d be rolling out the red carpet, predicting super bowls and buying his Jersey. So just stop please.

  44. Rodgers should restructure his contract to keep his buddies in the locker room. He won’t do it, unfortunately. Even if he did, GB wouldn’t win a Super Bowl next year keeping the same roster. He should go elsewhere with his mediocrity.

  45. Satan says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:19 am
    Vikings……..live rent free in my head.

    Finished that sentence off for you.

  46. I think that Rodgers first choice would obviously be the Steelers and Coach Tomlin. We went 9-8 last season and almost made the playoffs. But I don’t think we can pay Rodgers a lot just to hold a clip board and backup Kenny “Wicked” Pickett. GO STEELERS!

  47. I think the contract is set up for a trade this offseason, assuming he comes back. Aaron bought a property just outside of Nashville last year. Make of that what you will.

  48. Can’t possibly be traded and them absorb the cap hit, can they? And who wants to pay Rodgers $50mil?

  49. Tony Awesome says:
    January 18, 2023 at 11:50 am
    wardo says:
    How would they deal with 90+ million in dead cap?
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    They won’t. The contract he signed last March has clauses in it to protect the Packers in the case he retires or requests a trade. That was part of his agreement. The protections void parts of his contract based on his decision to retire or ask for a trade. Aaron doesn’t hold all the cards here.

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    You sure? Every contract site states it’s 99.7 million in dead cap to move him. The contract doesn’t show anything you are saying.

  50. harryhodag says:
    January 18, 2023 at 12:37 pm
    Rumor has it he purchased land in Nashville. Titans might be there.
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    The Titans are in Nashville, there’s no might about it.

  51. In short, you can’t hand out a contract with guaranteed money and then just ignore it. He has a 99.7 million dollar dead cap figure for 2023. Aaron Rodgers will be a Packer next year. Then the contract gets much easier to deal with.

  52. The Ravens are a proud organization, like my Steelers are, like a few other organizations in this league. They do things a certain way, and they win their championships a certain way. They don’t chase after a guy like Rodgers or Brady and try to quickly pack the team with skill position players and chase a Super bowl in a very narrow window that will eventually crumble and leave you with a full rebuild. They aren’t Tampa Bay. They aren’t the Rams. That’s low class. The Ravens do things the right way. And when the championships are earned. It’s a lot more satisfying.

  53. Miami, Tennessee, Tampa Bay, NO have NO CAP SPACE.
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    IF traded; $15mil and change is the cap hit for 2023.

    Thats a bargain for a franchise QB. Even if he is near the end of the road.

  54. I think that Rodgers first choice would obviously be the Steelers and Coach Tomlin.
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    Based on what?

    His first choice is home to Nor Cal. Little doubt about it, IMO.

    (but its probably not mutual..)

  55. Aw come on. I’m a lifelong Jets fan. I am used to futility. Please do not try to push this overpaid prima donna on us. Haven’t we suffered enough?

  56. Dolphins. Tua’s brain injuries this year should end his career. It would be irresponsible to allow him to keep playing. No doubt Tua wants to continue, but sometimes a player has to be told “it’s over” for their own good.

  57. Five years ago I would have killed to get Rodgers on the Vikings team. Now? Not a chance. He’s at the end of his career, and we need fresh, young blood at QB. We also need someone who’s mobile and can run. Rodgers isn’t the guy.

  58. He is still a good QB. He is no longer a great QB. Much of his game, when he was at his best, was imporvising out of the pocket, even running for 20 yards when the opportunity was there. He doesn’t do that stuff much any more, which makes him much closer to average-impact. Who is going to pay not only his outrageous salary, but also the multiple first round picks the Packers would insist upon?
    He is either in GB or a fulltime mushroom connoisseur.

  59. After seeing him walk off the field against Detroit….it’s a sure bet he’s either retiring or going to another team.He won’t be back in Green Bay

  60. Rodgers is all about the money. So, the safe bet is that he’ll stay in Green Bay and cash in. And Seattle fans have nicknamed Rodgers a “blubbering vag i na.”

  61. wardo says:
    You sure? Every contract site states it’s 99.7 million in dead cap to move him.
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    Positive. Spotrac doesn’t show everything in these contracts. There’s a website called “over the cap”. This website delves into contract details that are tucked into contracts. GB would still be taking a dead cap hit if he asks for a trade or retires,… but it’s more like $30 mil. Still a big hit,… but not devastating.

  62. Raiders should try to get him. Great destination for Rodgers to reunite with Adams with several other great skill position players on offense. For the Raiders, Rodgers is the only QB available who you can expect to be an upgrade from Carr. Can’t expect that from 46-year-old Tom Brady. Can’t expect that from a rookie. Or any of the other available free agent QBs. So if McDaniels and the Raiders front office — particularly Mark Davis — don’t want to look foolish they should try very hard to get Rodgers.

  63. Me: What is Legoland.

    Jennings: Sorry Aaron, that answer is incorrect. There’s no ‘L.’ The correct answer is Egoland.

  64. autumnwind999 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    Raiders should try to get him. Great destination for Rodgers to reunite with Adams with several other great skill position players on offense. For the Raiders, Rodgers is the only QB available who you can expect to be an upgrade from Carr. Can’t expect that from 46-year-old Tom Brady. Can’t expect that from a rookie. Or any of the other available free agent QBs. So if McDaniels and the Raiders front office — particularly Mark Davis — don’t want to look foolish they should try very hard to get Rodgers.

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    Even Rodgers made it to Vegas, they would still suck. Autismwind!

  65. Every contract site states it’s 99.7 million in dead cap to move him
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    They can’t cut him, the next 2 options become fully guaranteed. That is what makes up the impossible cap hit.

    They have a window to trade him before the regular season, before the option ($58mil) becomes guaranteed. But the hit is still pretty prohibitive.

  66. If he does leave, I think the Raiders, Patriots, or Dolphins make the most sense. They all have talented WRs and owners who want to win now and won’t worry about the cost.

  67. Well they either trade Rogers or they will have to trade Love. I’d dump Rogers and let him find another team.

  68. The Lions are getting too good. I need to find a weak division to play in next season, where I can look good and win my 5th MVP. Maybe the NFC South.

  69. One Ring Blunder says:
    January 18, 2023 at 4:29 pm

    The Lions are getting too good.

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    The Lions haven’t won a playoff game since 1991 and before that was 1957.

    You should change your name to One Playoff Win Blunder.

  70. Most of us Packer fans would like him too kindly leave the great state of Wisconsin until we put him in the ring of honor, it’s time, he wants out, the GM, thank god wants him out, anyone except the rodger apologists want him out, thanks for all the good memories, see ya bye.

  71. LIONS=oneplayoffwinsincethe1950’s says:
    January 18, 2023 at 6:02 pm

    The Lions haven’t won a playoff game since 1991 and before that was 1957.

    You should change your name to One Playoff Win Blunder.

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    That’s why I love my fans. They’re highly intelligent and creative, and have all my opponents stats memorized. Great suggestion and I’ll consider adding that to my title. Thank you.

  72. LIONS=oneplayoffwinsincethe1950’s says:
    January 18, 2023 at 6:02 pm
    One Ring Blunder says:
    January 18, 2023 at 4:29 pm

    The Lions haven’t won a playoff game since 1991 and before that was 1957.

    _____________

    There’s a saying, ‘You’re only as good as your last game,’ and to a fan of all NFL teams, that was a great game.

  73. Rodgers isn’t worth the money he will get next season. No one will pick up that contract after seeing Rodgers play this season. he was horribly sup par and whiney.

  74. You forgot that all of the coaches are horrible. BB is the only thing keeping the D going and he along with the rest of those boobs have already destroyed the offense. Kraft and BB both know it. That is why they are looking for an OC now when he was 100% against it and he himself said it was a mistake. Patriots fans are the most irrational people on earth.

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    Offensive struggles were not all on coaches. In the 2 starts with Bailey Zappe, the same offense looked much better. With a HOF QB like Rodgers, the offense would look much better.

  75. Instead, I’ll rank them in order of potential drama, on and off the field:

    1. Minnesota Vikings. The comments section would explode. Imagine Packer fans reaction to a Rodgers/Cousins trade. Popcorn for everyone!
    2. Chicago Bears. Aaron really would own Chicago.
    3. Staying with the Packers. More passive aggressive nonsense.
    4. Las Vegas Raiders. Oh, Davonte…
    5. Retirement. Then hinting at returning every. single. week.

    He’s returning to the Packers. Only possible other options are Tennessee or Washington.

  76. If a team views him as the missing link they will gladly accept his contract. Plus don’t forget nowadays it’s easy to tear up a contract and rewrite to be more cap friendly it happens more times then the clueless average fan can count.

  77. like Favre I hope he goes to the Vikings…. all the years that fan base proclaims hate for the player…and all the sudden… that former packer is the messiah.

  78. Rodgers isn’t walking away from $59-100M that is left on his contract. Packers are desperate and so are some other teams. Rodgers will play for one of them. I can’t see Rodgers commanding a haul in a trade at this stage of his career either. Gutey should have taken the three #1’s some team offered before last year. Gutey stinks.

  79. I would rather have Cousins than Rodgers at this point. Both will lose but at least Kirk isn’t a jerk about it when he loses.

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