Aaron Rodgers became one of the top stories of the NFL offseason when he announced that he didn’t want to return to the Green Bay Packers on the eve of the 2021 NFL Draft. The three-time league MVP has reportedly been at odds with the front office and head coach Matt LaFleur, but the Packers have held firm that they have no intention to deal him before the start of the season. However, the Packers might change their tune if Rodgers remains committed to not returning to the team.
Rodgers might be 37 years old, but there are several teams that are interested in the future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback. Drew Brees only just retired after leading the Saints to four straight NFC South division titles, and Tom Brady won his seventh Super Bowl in February. Virtually any team that acquired Rodgers would immediately become a Super Bowl contender, so let’s take a look at some of the teams he could be traded to in the next few months.
John Elway has prioritized the quarterback position ever since taking a front office position with his former team in 2011. He was instrumental in the Broncos landing Peyton Manning in 2012, and Denver has been searching for a franchise quarterback since Manning retired at the end of the 2015 season.
The Broncos have used high draft picks on Paxton Lynch and Drew Lock, and they have brought in Brock Osweiler, Case Keenum, and Joe Flacco. None of those five quarterbacks have worked out (although technically the jury is still out on Lock). Denver has not made it back to the postseason since Manning retired, and the Broncos might be willing to pay the most in order to land Rodgers.
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
Rodgers has indicated that he would like to be traded to a team out west. The San Francisco 49ers and Las Vegas Raiders are reportedly two of the teams at the top of his list, but the Raiders are the more viable option after the Niners took Trey Lance with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Jon Gruden would probably love to have a veteran quarterback like Rodgers if the price were right. Although Derek Carr has been solid under center and the defense has been to blame for Las Vegas’ woes, there is no doubt that they would be more of a threat with Rodgers.
This would be the most intriguing destination. Miami has loads of draft capital and tons of young players, and the Dolphins might not be sold on Tua Tagovailoa after a shaky rookie season. The Dolphins have two first-round picks in each of the next two seasons thanks to their trade with the 49ers, and they could send a very tempting offer to the Packers.
Rodgers would make the Dolphins one of the favorites in the AFC. This front office did a masterful job with its lightning quick tank and rebuild, and Rodgers would signify that Miami plans on winning now. The Dolphins haven’t had an elite quarterback since Dan Marino, and Rodgers could lead this team to a Super Bowl win for the first time in almost five decades.
Do the Philadelphia Eagles REALLY believe in Jalen Hurts? They did deal Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts back in February, but we continue to hear rumors about their interest in adding another quarterback. Hurts was better than Wentz last season, and his mobility gives him a leg up on other quarterbacks, but he completed just 52% of his passes and didn’t look too comfortable in the pocket.
While the Eagles are a cold weather team on the East Coast, they might appeal to Rodgers. The team has used a first-round pick on a wide receiver in each of the last two seasons, and they also have a great left tackle in Andre Dillard and a solid set of tight ends in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. That could be enough for Rodgers to decide to withstand the cold for another season or two.