The Green Bay Packers continue to navigate through the offseason with lingering doubt around star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The three-time league MVP holds a fractured relationship with the front office that speaks to an inevitable split. It’s also seen one NFL team stay in a picture as Rodgers‘ desired trade landings spot.
Aaron Rodgers expresses uncertainty with the Packers
Since the Packers suffered a disappointing loss in the NFC title game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rodgers’ long-term future remains uncertain.
The star quarterback expressed privately to Green Bay that he wants to play elsewhere. It comes after months of building frustration with the lack of respect and communication from the organization.
As the 2021 season nears closer, one NFL team remains in the picture as a potential landing spot if the Packers consider a trade.
Aaron Rodgers continues to pinpoint 1 NFL team as his desired trade landing spot
Rodgers may still be away from the Packers, but the organization has yet to move toward considering trade scenarios for the star quarterback.
Green Bay sits firmly with the notion that the three-time MVP will return to the fold before the 2021 season. However, the Denver Broncos haven’t diminished as a possible landings spot despite the lack of traction toward a trade.
KOA NewsRadio 850 AM’s Benjamin Allbright finally clarified why that is the case as he voiced on Twitter that it’s because the 37-year-old wants a trade to the Broncos.
“Because that’s where Rodgers wants to be,” Allbright tweeted.
Denver initially emerged as a potential destination during this year’s draft after it was revealed Rodgers wants out of Green Bay. Various other reports have indicated the star quarterback would welcome a trade, but nothing has developed.
Recent reports suggest the Packers’ starting asking price would begin with three first-round picks and a second-round selection. It’s quite a hefty haul, but it provides a baseline that Denver could work toward with the Packers.
The Broncos are moving forward with a competition for the starting quarterback job between Drew Locke and Teddy Bridgewater. However, Denver would certainly entertain the possibility of adding the future Hall of Famer, but it all hinges on the Packers’ willingness to move on from Rodgers.
Packers hold all the cards with its star quarterback
Rodgers may desire a trade to the Broncos, but the Packers hold the final say.
The 37-year-old is under contract through the next three seasons, including a decreasing dead-cap hit over the last two years. The lack of control over his remaining deal puts him in a spot where retirement is the only action he can take to not play for the franchise if they don’t move him.
The Packers may be getting increasingly comfortable with Jordan Love stepping in as the starter, but the organization hasn’t publicly or privately moved off the star quarterback. The franchise is well aware that having him lead the charge gives them the best chance to compete for a Super Bowl. It’s especially the case after reaching the NFC Championship game in each of the last two years.
The 37-year-old wants to extend his career into his 40s, and he’s come to the firm realization that he won’t do that in a Packers uniform. At this point, Rodgers is attempting to gather control of his NFL future, similar to what Tom Brady did last offseason.
Ultimately, it’s a matter of the Packers allowing him to dictate what unfolds over the next chapter of his illustrious career.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.