The entire NFL will be sitting and waiting for the decision of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Will he return to Green Bay for one more season? Will he call it a career?
Or could Rodgers be headed elsewhere, somewhere such as the Denver Broncos? At this point, nobody knows. Many have speculated, including Packers legend Brett Favre. But the fact of the matter is nobody knows what Rodgers is thinking.
Nonetheless, the Rodgers-to-Denver rumors have heated up after the Broncos hired former Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett as head coach. If Rodgers joins the AFC West, that will form the most talented QB division in the NFL. However, ESPN analyst Rex Ryan had an interesting take and torched Rodgers while praising the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert.
Rex Ryan torches Aaron Rodgers as the Broncos’ rumors begin to heat up
In a recent episode of the Organized Chaos Podcast with Ryan and Bart Scott, the former NFL head coach boldly stated that Rodgers would become the third-best quarterback in the AFC West if he goes there.
“If he goes to Denver, he’s the third-best quarterback in that division. You’re going to put him with Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes? I’m not. I won’t. I’m gonna tell you why I won’t do that. Aaron Rodgers is phenomenal. But ten years ago, I’d put him in there. But not now. He’s much older.”Rex Ryan on Aaron Rodgers joining the AFC West
That is another hot take from Ryan, who has become accustomed to such things. Without a doubt, Rodgers joining forces in Denver would arguably form the best QB trio in a division in NFL history.
But is Rodgers really the third-best of the bunch? Everybody knows how good Mahomes is, and Herbert has taken the NFL by storm in just two years in the NFL.
But Rodgers could be on his way to winning back-to-back NFL MVPs, and his numbers could get even better in Denver. Remember, the Broncos signed a flurry of pass-catchers to become a more appealing destination.
Rodgers is still playing at a high level, but Ryan’s take is also a massive compliment to Herbert and Mahomes.
Rex Ryan is right about Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert being NFL superstars
After a thrilling Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills game, Mahomes and Josh Allen kicked off the discussion of the next wave of superstar quarterbacks. To the surprise of nobody, Herbert was in the conversation.
Ryan’s comments about Rodgers and the talented AFC West aren’t too outrageous. This past season, all three quarterbacks played at a Pro Bowl level.
- Rodgers: 4,115 yards, 37 touchdowns, four interceptions
- Mahomes: 4,839 yards, 37 touchdowns, 13 interceptions
- Herbert: 5,014 yards, 38 touchdowns, 15 interceptions
Surprisingly, Herbert led both Mahomes and Rodgers in touchdown passes and yards, and he was just one of two QBs to cross the 5,000-yard mark this year — with Tom Brady being the other. Is Herbert better than Rodgers right now? Probably not, but could he be by next season?
There is undoubtedly a solid argument to be made in Herbert’s favor, especially with all of the weapons and cap space the Los Angeles Chargers have to work with this offseason.
As far as Mahomes goes, one could argue that he is already better than Rodgers. He is a victory away from a third straight Super Bowl and already has a Super Bowl MVP in his trophy case.
While Ryan’s take seems pretty far off, it compliments Herbert and Mahomes more than anything.
Could Aaron Rodgers leave Green Bay and join the Broncos?
As soon as the clock struck midnight on the Packers’ season, questions immediately swirled about the future of Rodgers.
Then, Hackett was named the head coach for the Broncos, and some rumors of Davante Adams and Rodgers joining the Broncos surfaced.
That is a possibility, believe it or not. However, it would take a massive trade package to land Rodgers and an even bigger offer to land Adams in the same deal — if Green Bay ends up placing the franchise tag on him.
These rumors could have serious traction, especially if Rodgers decides to leave Green Bay and explore other options after another frustrating playoff exit.
The roster in Denver is set up nicely, and Hackett wearing the headset is a huge calling card for Rodgers. Nonetheless, the decision is up to #12. At this point, nobody has the slightest idea.
If he does join the Broncos, the AFC West immediately becomes the best division in the NFL.
Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference