It’s no secret that veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers came close to leaving the Green Bay Packers during the most recent offseason. The 38-year-old wanted a fresh start and was unhappy with his ongoing role in the team’s set up.
As recently as November 24, this site reported on his situation and discussed whether or not Rodgers would finally be leaving Lambeau Field.
With a troublesome toe injury putting him on the sidelines, Green Bay must surely be looking to a future without Rodgers but what are the options for replacements in 2022 and beyond?
It’s been a strong season for the Green Bay Packers who went into December in first place in the NFC North. A record of 9-3 from 12 games is set to drive Head Coach Matt LaFleur’s team into the postseason and many feel that this could be the Packers’ year.
That’s a view which is backed up to a large extent by the sportsbooks who have Green Bay among the favorites to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the start of next year. According to betting sites linked to asiabet, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head the outright win market and they are closely followed by the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Packers share the third favorites’ berth, alongside the Arizona Cardinals and the New England Patriots.
There is still some football to be played at this late stage of the campaign and those figures remain subject to change. As the regular season comes to a close and the playoffs take over. Asiabet will update visitors to the site with fresh odds on the Super Bowl winner.
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Football fans can follow the pages, even if they are not getting involved with the markets but where will the Packers turn if Aaron Rodgers departs?
The Man in Possession
In his injury absence, Rodgers’ place at quarterback has been taken by Jordan Love. It’s been a brief interlude with Rodgers starting the first 11 games but does his deputy have the quality to step into his boots?
The 23-year-old is a first year draft pick and made his first start as Aaron Rodgers started his spell on the sidelines. It wasn’t the best introduction as Love threw just one touchdown pass in a 13-7 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs. The potential is there but it’s unlikely that Green Bay feel that Jordan Love is ready for a full time role.
The Packers also have the option of calling up Kurt Benkert from the practice squad but the reality is that any potential long term replacement for Aaron Rodgers is going to come from outside of the current roster.
Ready to Trade
When speculation over Aaron Rodgers’ future at Green Bay began back in the 2020 offseason, Denver Broncos’ QB Drew Lock was widely tipped to come in. Lock remains at Denver where he has enjoyed two full seasons with which to develop his game.
Other names on the list at that time included Derek Carr, Russell Wilson and Tua Tagovailoa. Of those players, Wilson is an interesting suggestion and he could be ready for a move. He’s a Super Bowl winner and has been with the Seattle Seahawks for the entirety of his nine-year professional career.
Wilson is 33 now and, like Aaron Rodgers, he may be feeling that the time has come to seek out a new challenge.
What Next for Rodgers and Green Bay?
All of this speculation highlights the lack of depth within the Packers’ roster and it’s clear that if Aaron Rodgers does move on in 2022, his replacement will have to come from another franchise.
The names are in the frame but the lack of a ready-made replacement is a concern for now. Green Bay need their starting QB back, irrespective of where his future lies.