Speculation about Aaron Rodgers’ future is picking up pace in the NFL, with many expecting the Packers legend to depart from the franchise in the offseason.
Green Bay drafted Jordan Love in the first round of the NFL Draft in 2020 with the view that the former Utah State player would replace Rodgers as the next franchise QB. At the time, they would not have expected the transition to happen as quickly as 2022.
If Rodgers does end up leaving Green Bay in 2022, GM Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur will have to decide what is best for the franchise ahead of the new season. They will have seen the success Matthew Stafford has had with the Los Angeles Rams in the 2021/22 campaign, and that could influence their decision. Stafford had a career-high matching record of 41 passing touchdowns in 2021 and a passing percentage of 67.2, so it’s clear to see that he adapted quickly to his new team.
The Rams opted to trade for the experienced QB in early 2021 from the Detroit Lions. That bold move has been justified as Stafford has led them to the Super Bowl, which will be played at their home stadium. The home side has Super Bowl winner odds of around -200 in their clash with the Cincinnati Bengals. Impressive wins against divisional rivals Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers, as well as surviving a comeback from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have highlighted their strong credentials.
Options Available to Packers include Ryan and Wilson
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has had a fantastic career in the NFL since he was selected as the third overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. The veteran QB was the NFL’s MVP in 2016 but he has yet to win a Super Bowl ring.
A trade for Ryan would ensure the Packers have a lot of experience at the position again. Like Stafford, Ryan has featured in an Atlanta team that has not been able to finish with a winning record very often.
The 36-year-old did lead the Falcons to the Super Bowl in 2016, but his side were on the wrong end of an incredible comeback by the New England Patriots, inspired by Tom Brady. If a trade for Ryan was offered, the Falcons may just cash in on their QB who is approaching the latter stages of his career.
A move that would keep the Packers at the top end of the betting for the Super Bowl next season would be to secure Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks. The 33-year-old is a Super Bowl winner and has been so consistent in his position since making his debut in 2012.
The Seahawks are a franchise who are rebuilding, which is why there has been speculation about Wilson’s future among pundits. Seattle finished 2021 with a losing record of 7-10. Wilson deserves the chance to challenge for another Super Bowl ring and he could get that in Green Bay.
A trade for Wilson would not be cheap, however, the Rams knew what they were getting when they gave up so much for Stafford in 2021 and that would be the case here for Green Bay.
Whoever does get the job of succeeding Rodgers as the starting QB has a huge act to follow.