Since the Green Bay Packers elected to move up into the first round of this year’s draft to take Jordan Love, the focus has been on Aaron Rodgers’ future with the franchise. That has opened the door to the conversation shifted over to Rodgers‘ potential landing spots if the Packers eventually move off the star quarterback. With that in mind, Hall of Famer Brett Favre has voiced that he wants to see the Super Bowl champion join one franchise that happens to be one of Green Bay’s rivals.
Aaron Rodgers’ future with Packers
For as much as Aaron Rodgers would like to move past the conversation about his future with the Packers, it’s going to stick around.
It’s a hard situation to ignore, given that there is a rookie quarterback behind him that was taken in the first round. That will continue to be in the elephant in the room while it further emphasizes where he’s at with his contract.
Rodgers is in the first year of his four-year, $134 million extension that runs through the 2023 season. The final two years of his deal is a significantly less financial commitment for the franchise as he has a $17.2 million cap hit in 2021 and $2.8 million in 2022. That could reasonably see the Packers elect to move on from Rodgers without much of a financial commitment.
All that opens to the door to him playing for another franchise down the line.
Brett Favre wants Aaron Rodgers to join a Packers’ rival
That discussion has shifted over to Aaron Rodgers’ future beyond his Packers’ tenure.
It has led to Hall of Famer Brett Favre to throw out his suggestion for a landing spot for Rodgers as he believes seeing him with the Chicago Bears would be fun to see. (H/T New York Post)
“Oh, I would love to see that,” Favre said Tuesday on Complex’s Load Management podcast.
“Just from a standpoint of we have killed the Bears collectively,” Favre said. “Bears fans would probably be like, ‘I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I am so glad Aaron Rodgers is on our team.”
Favre certainly knows a thing or two about joining a Packers’ rival as he took his talents to the Minnesota Vikings after a one-year tenure with the New York Jets. That image and reality were hard to deal with as he put together an illustrious career in Green Bay that includes winning a Super Bowl.
The possibility of joining the Bears could be on the table despite Nick Foles potentially being their new starter. Although Foles is under contract for the next three years, he is $10.3 million cap hit for the 2021 season and $3.6 million in 2022. The team is also up in the air with Mitchell Trubisky as they passed on picking up his fifth-year option. All that makes this more a reasonable scenario.
Many options will be on the table
If the Packers do elect to move on from Aaron Rodgers in the coming years, there will be a litany of opportunities ahead.
That could very well see the Bears put themselves in the picture, but other situations could arise. One of these could be the San Francisco 49ers as Rodgers wanted to be taken first in the 2005 NFL draft by them. He grew up in the bay area and wanted to play for the franchise.
San Francisco continues to stick firmly to Jimmy Garoppolo as their future under center. Garoppolo may have three more years left in his five-year, $137.5 million deal, but there is a dramatic shift in the dead money on his contract over that span.
Following the 2020 season, the 28-year-old would be a $2.8 million dead cap hit in 2021 and $1.4 million in 2022. All that could make bringing on Rodgers a light transition for the franchise if they wanted to go that route. Beyond that, it’s clear that the star quarterback will have his options on the open market if he winds up there.