Aaron Rodgers seems like a man who could be heading out of Green Bay. If so, which five teams are most likely to make a trade for his services?
This weekend was a rough one for Aaron Rodgers as he and the Green Bay Packers were knocked out of the playoffs by the San Francisco 49ers. For Rodgers, it was the fourth time in his career that he lost to his childhood team in the postseason. It could also be the last game he plays in a Green Bay uniform.
Rodgers spent much of this past offseason debating about his future — and whether or not he wanted to stay with the Packers. Eventually, they made up but not until there was an agreement to make it easier for him to leave in 2022 if he was still unhappy with the team.
After the loss to the Niners, he was non-committal on his future but it feels as though he could have one foot out the door. If so, here are five teams that could be in the mix to trade for the future Hall of Famer.
Aaron Rodgers trade destination No. 5: New Orleans Saints
This season, the New Orleans Saints were winning with Jameis Winston. They started out 5-2 and that included a blowout against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Week 1. However, Winston was lost with a torn ACL and is not signed for 2022.
New Orleans would likely want to bring Winston back, that is unless they had a shot at bringing in Rodgers. Sure, they would need to re-work their salary cap but no one is better at that than general manager Mickey Loomis.
Head coach Sean Payton is one of the better offensive minds in the NFL and pairing him and Rodgers could be a lot of fun.
Aaron Rodgers trade destination No. 4: Las Vegas Raiders
This year was a tough one for the Las Vegas Raiders. They had the controversy surrounding head coach Jon Gruden who stepped down amid some leaked emails that were pretty rough to see. They also released Damon Arnette who was brandishing a firearm and making some threats on social media.
Then, there was the Henry Ruggs car wreck that cost a woman her life and put him in jail. Even with all that going on, interim head coach Rich Bisaccia kept things rolling and Derek Carr did all he could under center.
Looking forward, chances are Bisaccia won’t be the coach. Las Vegas moved on from general manager Mike Mayock and it appears they will have a full overhaul. That could include making a move with Carr.
For the past couple of offseason, Carr has had his name floated in trade talks. It’s never come too close to fruition but part of that could be due to a lack of options to replace him. That wouldn’t be an issue if they could lure Rodgers to Sin City.
They do need more help at wide receiver as well but it would be easy to recruit some free agents with Rodgers under center, and this coming draft class is full of solid options as well.
Aaron Rodgers trade destination No. 3: Seattle Seahawks
Aaron Rodgers isn’t the only big-name quarterback who could be changing teams in 2022. Russell Wilson has also had some issues with his team which has made its way to the media — and there are plenty of expectations that he will be playing elsewhere in 2022.
He’s apparently got a shortlist of teams he would like to play for and if there is a move, they could end up with plenty of draft capital — which they could use some of in a package for Rodgers.
It would make sense for Seattle to try and go big. They’re a talented team with a lot of offensive firepower including D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett at wide receiver. They also saw Rashaad Penny start to come on strong at the end of the season as well at running back.
For Rodgers, this would be one of the more talented offenses he has had at his disposal for years. Both Lockett and Metcalf are excellent at getting deep and Rodgers, despite being 38-years of age, can still sling it deep.
Seattle would still need to improve their defense in order to contend but head coach Pete Carroll isn’t getting younger and could look to make one last run with a new franchise quarterback.
Aaron Rodgers trade destination No. 2: Pittsburgh Steelers
For years, the Pittsburgh Steelers were the kings of the AFC North. There were several reasons for that including a powerful running game and an amazing defense. Oh, and they had a first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback under center in Ben Roethlisberger.
Big Ben was the third quarterback taken in the historic 2004 NFL Draft and went on to win two Super Bowls with the Steelers — and it could have been three had it not been for Rodgers. Back in 2011, the Steelers and Packers met in Super Bowl XLV and Rodgers led his team to a win and even won the MVP of that game.
Roethlisberger continued to lead his team after that and while they never won another themselves, they were always in the mix. However, they’re about to make some big changes as Roethlisberger has played his last game for the black and gold. So with a change under center coming, why not get in on the A-Rod sweepstakes?
Pittsburgh would be going from one player destined for Canton to another and Rodgers would join a team that has some elite talent around him. He would have Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, Najee Harris, and Pat Freiermuth just to name some of the weapons. On top of that, the Steelers have a strong defense as well, making them instant contenders with Rodgers joining them.
Aaron Rodgers trade destination No. 1: Denver Broncos
Several years ago, the Denver Broncos made a huge splash when they lured Peyton Manning over in free agency. Following a spectacular 13-year career with the Indianapolis Colts, Manning signed with Denver in 2012 and promptly turned them into contenders.
Denver was 13-3 in each of his first two seasons and 45-12 overall with Manning as the starter. They also made it to the Super Bowl twice, winning it following the 2016 season which proved to be the last game for the great signal-caller.
Fast forward to 2022 and the Broncos are still looking for their next quarterback. They have had Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Case Keenum, Drew Lock, and Teddy Bridgewater — but cannot get over the hump. It’s frustrating for them as well, since they have some serious weapons including Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, and Noah Fant. They also continue to be a good defensive football team.
This year, there will be a lot of change coming after letting Vic Fangio go. Another change should be happening under center after Bridgewater was unable to prove he should be the full-time guy.