Ever since the Green Bay Packers’ untimely exit from the playoffs, rumors regarding Aaron Rodgers’ retirement spread like wildfire. However, the star QB has expressed his desire to return in the 2022 season.
But, Rodgers is unsure where he’d like to play his 18th season in the NFL. While the Packers are all-in and are working day-in and day-out to create a deal that would keep him in Green Bay.
The Packers in “hopeful wait-and-see mode” as they work towards a deal to appease Aaron Rodgers
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said Aaron Rodgers is going back and forth on what he wants, with one alternate destination, in particular, standing out — Denver. “The forth has always been the Denver Broncos,” Rapoport said. “Ever since the Aaron Rodgers rumors started, the Denver Broncos has always been the potential trade location. I’m not saying anything is happening right now.
“It doesn’t seem like the Packers have entertained any trade thoughts at all. But in Rodgers’ mind, if he was not in Green Bay, it seems that (Denver) would be the other spot he’d want to be.” NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that Packers won’t entertain any trade talks unless Rodgers notifies them that he does not want to return.
Recently it was reported that the 38-year old QB asked the Packers a $50 million per year deal for him to stay with the organization. Aaron Rodgers has built his entire legacy with the Packers winning a Super Bowl and four MVPs while establishing himself as one of the best to ever throw a football.
If the deal with Green Bay doesn’t come through, Rodgers might consider shifting to Denver. The Broncos hired former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as their new head coach. It is common knowledge that Rodgers and Hackett share a special relationship. So, it would be a logical move for him to play for Denver. Moreover, the Broncos have the cap money to sign Rodgers.
Rapoport also reported that the Packers and Rodgers have repaired their relationship and are positive they can reach a decision that satisfies both parties. General manager Brian Gutekunst said earlier this week that he’s expecting an answer from Rodgers by the beginning of the new league year (March 16).
Whether Aaron Rodgers stays with the Packers or moves on from the only team he’s known will be the biggest decision of the year. Rodgers’ decision will shake up the balance of power in both the conferences.