Broncos a probable trade destination for Aaron Rodgers as QB … Fri, 30 Apr 2021 03:00:00 +0100-Aaron Rodgers' relationship with his only professional team could be heading for a messy divorce, according to ESPN.
Aaron Rodgers’ relationship with his only professional team could be heading for a messy divorce amid reports that the quarterback has told some people he does not want to return to the Green Bay Packers for the 2021 season.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing multiple team and league sources, says the future Hall of Famer has lost patience with the way the team is run as well as starting to look at life beyond the NFL. The Packers are understood to be concerned enough about the situation that the team’s president, general manager and head coach have flown out on separate occasions during the offseason in order to rebuild bridges with Rodgers.
“As we’ve stated since the season ended, we are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst told ESPN on Thursday. “Aaron has been a vital part of our success and we look forward to competing for another championship with him leading our team.”
ESPN reports that both the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams have made inquiries about trading for the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player in recent months and were both rebuffed. The Rams ended up trading for Matthew Stafford, while the 49ers will almost certainly draft a quarterback in Thursday night’s draft. The news also opens the way for teams to at least consider making a play for Rodgers during the coming days of the draft. The possibility was brought up by the man he beat to this season’s MVP, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who tweeted: “Well i see draft weekend is going to be pretty interesting…” shortly after the news broke.
Meanwhile, NFL.com reports that the Packers and Rodgers have been negotiating a long-term extension for weeks but that the quarterback has not come close to agreeing a deal.
Rodgers is one of the most talented quarterbacks of all time but many critics believe he has not received the support from the Packers a player of his abilities deserves. He has reached only one Super Bowl during his career, while the likes of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have won multiple championships. Last year’s draft was particularly striking as the Packers chose to select a quarterback in the first-round rather than arm Rodgers with weapons that could help him reach another Super Bowl.
There have also been changes in the 37-year-old Rodgers’ personal life. He recently became engaged and was a guest host on Jeopardy!, and said he would one day like to present the show full-time.
Rodgers is a nine-time Pro Bowler and this year’s MVP nod was the third time he has won the award.
NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers does not want to return to Packers, say … Fri, 30 Apr 2021 03:00:00 +0100-It's Draft day, football fans! And while many Denver Broncos fans want their team to draft a quarterback in tonight's first round — even after brilliantly trading for …
It’s Draft day, football fans!
And while many Denver Broncos fans want their team to draft a quarterback in tonight’s first round — even after brilliantly trading for Teddy Bridgewater yesterday — they also might be happy to hear Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers seem destined for divorce.
According to Trey Wingo, Green Bay told Rodgers they would trade him this offseason but backed off, leaving Rodgers to tell the team he’s not coming back.
Of course, in quarterback-deprived Denver, any time a QB has gone on the market this offseason Broncos Country jumps on board. That’s been the same case from the fans with Rodgers, a Super Bowl champion, and a three-time MVP including last year’s award win.
But, what makes this case different is that Rodgers isn’t just on Broncos Country’s wish list, he has Denver as one of his top destinations, too.
According to Pro Football Talk, not only does Rodgers want to leave Green Bay, he was upset when the Packers didn’t accept a trade offer from the San Francisco 49ers. But, the Broncos and Raiders are also on Rodgers’ short list for possible landing spots.
PFT doubled down and called Denver and Las Vegas “probable” destinations, and it should be noted Rodgers’ girlfriend Shailene Woodley lives in Boulder.
The 49ers not only have Kyle Shanahan as head coach, but their defense is dominant when their players are healthy. However, the Broncos are in a similar position now that George Paton has put together a top-5 defensive unit in Denver.
Add onto that the Broncos’ extremely young and talented receiving corps, and Denver may even be in the lead over San Francisco. (Not sure why Las Vegas is included in the list).
Courtland Sutton will return to action this fall after missing an entire year. When he’s on the gridiron, he’s a no-doubt superstar and No. 1 receiver. One only has to look at what Rodgers did with DeVonte Adams to imagine what could be with Sutton and Rodgers. Last year, Adams’ 18 touchdowns led the NFL, as did his 98.1 yards per game and his 1,374 yards were tied for fifth-most in the league.
Sutton put up 1,112 yards and six touchdowns with Joe Flacco, Brandon Allen and Drew Lock as his QBs, so who knows how well he could do with Rodgers at the helm.
Then, there’s Noah Fant, who’s developed into a rising star in only two years and with a handful of different quarterbacks throwing him the ball. He’s of that athletic mold that lends itself to a quarterback getting him the ball and letting him do the work, like the 75-yard touchdown he had in 2019.
Of course, there’s also Jerry Jeudy, who struggled mightily as a rookie with Drew Lock as his quarterback. Lock’s completion percentage (57.3) was 35th in the league, and Jeudy had the most incomplete targets that were the QB’s fault with 26 last year, too.
Add onto those playmakers KJ Hamler — who’s shown flashes of brilliance — and Albert Okwuegbunam as players Rodgers would almost certainly make better in the Mile High City.
Last year, Rodgers at age 37, threw a career-high 48 touchdowns compared to a mere five interceptions. He also led the league in eight passing categories including completion percentage (70.7), passer rating (121.5) and ESPN’s QBR (84.4).
Could he — an aging, superstar quarterback on the outs with his team — be what to George Paton what Peyton Manning was to John Elway as GM? Remember, Elway signed Manning early into his tenure running the personnel side of things for Denver, and the Broncos went from one of the worst in football to a perennial powerhouse. Oh, and eventual Super Bowl champions.
That was the last time Denver went to the playoffs, way back in 2015.
Now, with Paton in charge, there’s a newfound energy within the team and a new direction they’re taking. But, Rodgers could be a way to hope history repeats itself.
Without a doubt, landing him would take Denver from mediocre to Super Bowl contenders overnight.
As for a trade: It would seem likely the Broncos would need to get it done today, before they pick at No. 9 overall. That should be around 8 p.m. MT, or in less than four hours at the time of this publishing.
Denver has $24.5 million in cap space currently, however, Rodgers carries a $37 million cap hit this year. So, something would have to change on the money end of things.
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– April 30, 2021
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