After an offseason filled with speculation about Aaron Rodgers after his disgruntlement with the Packers’ organization, it appears the two have resolved their differences. That is, at least for the time being.
The two sides came in the middle on contract and finances, at least for this season. However, it’s clear that Rodgers won’t completely dismiss the problems he’s had with the team. The nature of the restructured contract puts Rodgers in control as to where he goes after this season.
Which teams are the most likely landing spot for Rodgers? Teams in the NFC North would be last on the list with teams that aren’t ready to compete a close second. Let’s run down some possible scenarios for Rodgers in 2022.
New Orleans Saints
This seems like a great fit for Rodgers to team up with Sean Payton. The Saints have a great offensive line, can run the ball to set up the pass, and play half the games in a dome. In addition, it would be a storybook finish for Rodgers to lead the Saints to the Super Bowl just a year after the Drew Brees era.
With Ben Roethlisberger winding down his career with the Steelers, the team has Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins in the wings. But does anyone really think that either can lead the Steelers to the championship? Rodgers could be the answer to combine with a solid running attack. Eventually the Steelers will get their quarterback of the future, but until then, Rodgers is a good fit
This scenario could be mimic what happened with Peyton Manning near the end of his career. The Broncos don’t have the quarterback of the future on the roster. Rodgers appears to like Colorado. The fit seems very nice from all angles. The Broncos can draft a quarterback, sign Rodgers and wait a few years for the quarterback of the future to develop.
This is an intriguing scenario and could work should Russell Wilson and the Seahawks part ways after this year. Rodgers could fit right in and Seattle is not afraid to dishing out the cash for a quarterback. Seattle is more likely to want to go with a proven veteran under coach Pete Carroll than a young gun out of college. This all hinges on whether or not Seattle trades Russell Wilson.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders have had Derek Carr under center longer than most people anticipated. Let’s face it, Las Vegas is a perfect for superstars and few players fit that better than Rodgers. If the Raiders improve and show they are trying to upgrade their roster to make a run at a title, they could lure Rodgers to the glitz and glamour that Vegas has to offer.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Yes, Tom Brady is still under center and he intends to play past this season. However, injuries are part of the game and perhaps Brady has a change of heart and decides to move on. What better transition than to another future Hall of Fame quarterback? It’s not a top scenario, but should the Buccaneers need a quarterback, it would be a great fit for Rodgers.
I doubt they’d trade him to anyone in the NFC – overall I think you’re right, I’d only add the Dolphins to the list. I don’t think Flores is sold on Tua, they’re scheduled to have extra draft picks in 2022, and supposedly they’ll be 55 million under the cap next year too. They’re also used to having incredibly talented QB’s on their team who didn’t win enough super bowls, so it could be a good fit.
Because….it’s funny, that’s why….
From down the hall….
“July 29, 2021 at 03:14 pm
“I saw one comment made from someone else on twitter that said Slaton is unmovable in the middle of the DL.”
Interesting…citing that practices are still no contact.
This is the “last dance” not just for Aaron Rodgers but for Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, Billy Turner, Preston Smith and probably a few others. It’s SB or bust and the whole thing gets blown up if we don’t win it all. The only trade offers for Favre were the Jets and Jon Gruden and the Bucs. With the Bucs making a slightly better offer. But Ted chose the AFC for obvious reasons. Look for Rodgers to go to the AFC as well. If Gruden doesn’t get the Raiders to the playoffs this year he’s gonna start to feel the heat. I think LV the most likely landing spot. Don’t know if Miami will be ready to move off Tua. I haven’t given up hope for Drew Lock but this is it for him. Raiders, Dolphins, Broncos would have to be the top three.
Ya, I pretty much agree with Tom here. Given that GBs’ salary cap situation will be even worse next year, this roster will look a lot different next year at this time, whether they win the Super Bowl, or not. At some point the bill comes due. If the Raiders miss the playoffs, Gruden will probably entice M. Davis to go all-in on Rodgers. Now that #12 has been granted some “input” on who is on the team; the pressure to perform will be on both Rodgers and the Packer organization. We’ll see how it all works out.
They should have gone with Love and made The Cancer sit for two years. Too late now.
I agree, I would have made him retire and sit for three years and then let him sign wherever he wanted at 40. This team is good enough with Jordan Love to be a wildcard team. Provided Love is able to run this offense. Which I think he can. He’ll have some rust not playing for two years but it’s going to be interested in seeing what we have in the 22 yr old QB over these coming preseason games.
“…….. but it’s going to be interested in seeing what we have in the 22 yr old QB over these coming preseason games.”
Grammar is hard!
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Stay in school kids.
Because I don’t write bloated, stat filled, jerk fest’s worshiping Aaron Rodgers, I acknowledge my posts are difficult for you to understand. Nevertheless, this is it for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Enjoy your “last dance”. The only way he returns in 2022 is if we win the SB this year. And by your own sage observations that’s impossible. The schedule too difficult, the Vikings too good, the OL not good enough, something about the defensive coordinator, and the list goes on and on. Because this team is so void of talent and leadership, why waste Rodgers final years? Trade him to a team worth of his stature and talent. We Packer fans are truly unworthy. Sound about right, sweetheart?
MOM!…the guys on totalpackers are picking on me!!
I think people should control their expectations about a big return on a possible Rodgers trade next year. I see a lot of people claiming he’s worth multiple 1st round picks and he technically is, but remember that other teams might not give up that much for an aging player even though they’re still great. It seems like the better option is to somehow make the cap work enough to keep most of the guys together for 2022 and then release Rodgers in 2023 if they wanted to get rid of him. They should be happy with 15 years of hall of fame quarterback play and not worrying about some draft picks.
Here it is ^
A Packer fan with more than a singular layer of thinking.
Each year getting older diminishes his value.
Rodgers highest yield in a trade was in Feb/March before the draft and Free agency with a fresh MVP moniker.
If the Packers took him seriously, Rodgers would be the 49ers starting QB and Gute would have been knee deep in draft capital plus a player or two. Additionally, serious cap savings.
Gute could have had the #9 pick, and drafted another bench player.
Gute missed the boat.
Getting back to it….Additionally….Expectations may be too high after going 13-3 the last two seasons.
1) Schedule…Much tougher than the last two seasons of mostly cupcakes. The Packers have some difference maker players.
The problem is, they don’t make a difference against top teams. Argue that point if you must, but you’ll lose. Save your energy.
The Packers play the Saints, 49ers, Chiefs, Ravens,vikings….all on the road.
The 49ers and vikings won’t be the same teams you saw in 2020
2) We lost Linsley and Wagner, plus Taylor. The Packers drafted 6 O lineman in 2 drafts (33%). The Packers will play musical chairs somewhat until Bakhtiari comes back at full strength, then we have to hope the rookie (Myers) comes through. If he doesn’t play as well as Linsley…i’m sorry, but that’s called a drop off in talent.
The Packers seemingly helped themselves with the signing of career back up Dennis Kelly at tackle for depth.
3) New defense install….i don’t care who you are, there will be growing pains with a new defense. That’s not a knock on anyone, but it’s usually reality.
Like Myers…we are hoping Stokes can be a first year starter. If Stokes can’t beat out King, that position is 2020 all over again, maybe worse because of strength of schedule.
The 2021 draft will be known as the (hopeful) draft of starters. Amari Rodgers got a reprieve thanks to Aaron Rodgers.
Amari had a chance to finally yield an established starter for Gute past the 2nd round in 4 drafts. That will most likely be delayed a year.
Make no mistake, pending health…the vikings will give the Packers all they can handle this season. Their defensive line back intact, plus the addition of Tomlison.
An above average QB….deal with it Packer fans…because he is.
When you have Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, and Theiland, a competant QB, you have a capable offense.
Perspective: How good is Justin Jefferson?
Think back to how Adams struggled his first two seasons. Now 7 seasons in, Adams is now thought as a top receiver in the league.
Justin Jefferson is knocking on that same door and he hasn’t even started his 2nd season yet. He’s Davante Adams with speed, without the learning curve.
That dude is special.
I can see the vikings winning 11 or 12 games. Maybe 13, if the O line can come together ( if Darrisaw, Davis, and Pierce can bring the quality of the line up, but that is a BIG ask.
I could get into why the 49ers will be back to form, but then i have to explain everything and my post becomes way too long.
That…and i work for free.
Value is determined by one simple thing…what the other party is willing to pay. More teams interested =more comp. It sounds silly but that is really what dictates Rodgers value especially for quarterback hungry teams. Let’s see how he does this year.
Rodgers has made it clear he no longer wants to play for the Packers thus the voidable year in 2023. Whatever his value, you trade him next year and get some sort of compensation or he plays in 2022 and you get nothing. Either way he isn’t going to sign an extension. Rodgers is betting on a trade. And if Jordan Love shows anything in preseason the Packers would be willing to accommodate. Not only will they receive draft picks but just as important they can control where he goes. As far as his actual value, that depends on how desperate the teams vying for his services are. But I tend to agree. It won’t be as much as people are expecting.
James Jones interviews Aaron Rodgers
Some may remember James Jones…
2012 NFL receiving leader in TD’s..14…Earnings = 2.6 million
2015 signing to fill Jordy Nelsons spot in 2018 with Randall Cobb
Jones….890 yards..8 TD’s……Earnings = 1.121 million.
Cobb…..829 yards…6 TD’s…..Earnings = 15.127 million.
Jones: What’s something that you feel like ya’ll gotta do this season to get back to the big one.?
Rodgers: A lot of times the stuff that shows up (Kevin King?) at the most important moments, is stuff that maybe didn’t get fixed along the way.
Gute: Can i say something?
I am now believing that Josh Meyers has what it takes to be the starting center game 1.
Why?…Because Rodgers basically said so, that’s why.
I’m guessing he might know a little something about NFL centers. And frankly, when is this dude wrong?
“We could run the table”
Note…we still have to see Myers in live action, but i have faith in the judgement of the most skilled QB in the history of the NFL.
I disabled that annoying “like” thing
You banned Tom?
Still a problem JP.
Well….i guess it’s still two problems
Practice: Day four…
Rodgers and Adams torch Stokes on a double move for a long TD. Huber
Rodgers and Davante hook up deep again down the right seam. Josh Jackson is the victim this time. It’s like they’re just toying with folks. Nagler
A blast from the past.
Savage57 June 27, 2013
This is THE best Packers site because all the people here, even the nutjobs, speak the unvarnished truth about their positions on THEIR team with some fucking heart. We all own this blog – without the range of input from the readers, from the aforementioned licking of TT’s balls to the universal, seething, writhing, dripping hatred and contempt of all things horned and purple, this site and its information would be nothing more than a fart in the wind.
It’s past owner…Monty McMahon, at his bat shit crazy best.
Preston Smith says last year’s dip in production was because of what he was asked to do, not what he was capable of doing.
It wasn’t his fault!!
[This has been debunked – Preston dropped into coverage about the same number of times in 2019 and 2020.] – Ryan Wood
Some of you may remember when i told the story of Preston having a meeting with LaFleur last off season and asking to be removed from dropping back in coverage. He wanted to be used as primarily a pass rusher. Essentially…a part time player.
He didn’t want to ask him alone though, so he brought Za’Darius with him for support.
It didn’t work.
Rashan Gary is still listed as 2nd string on everyone’s depth chart. I’ll keep looking at the Packers official depth chart although it hasn’t been updated since mid January.
That is one of my biggest interest in camp, if they move Gary up to starter status.
There are only 2 reasons the Packers wouldn’t name Gary a starter entering his 3rd season
A) The Packers truly believe he isn’t starter material yet.
B) Gute has to justify giving so much money to Preston by keeping him as a starter.
Preston’s production slipped last season.
While Gary’s production improved playing more snaps in 2020.
Everything considered…from the outside looking in, i see absolutely no reason why the 12th pick of the draft isn’t named the starter this season.
At the very least…given the opportunity to start,
It’s not like they can’t delegate him back to the bench.
To pick a player 12th…obviously the Packers thought highly of him, but not highly enough to give him a chance to prove himself?
Start him….they owe him that much, and imo…he’s earned it, or at least earned the opportunity.