Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers dominated the offseason with his will he/won’t he drama with his only NFL team. He’s all in with his 2021 Packers now, but the 2022 season is a different story. No matter how the season goes for the Cheeseheads, there’s a good chance the franchise QB will be out the door. Where will he go? NFL insider Jay Glazer offered two ideas, and the teams faced off last week in what Glazer dubbed the “Aaron Rodgers Bowl.”
Aaron Rodgers likely still wants out of Green Bay
Now that the NFL season is in full force, the Aaron Rodgers drama that dominated the offseason seems like a distant memory.
Yes, the New Orleans Saints stomped the Green Bay Packers in Week 1, which threatened to make the saga continue throughout the season. However, Rodgers and the Pack turned it around, and the QB’s unhappiness seems like a non-factor this season.
That said, there is no indication that Rodgers and the Packers’ front office have made up at all after their offseason conflict.
The team did sign back a Rodger-approved former Packer in Randall Cobb but then cut Bronson Kaufusi, a tight end that the QB heaped praise on. It looks like the feud between the star QB and general manager Brian Gutekunst rages on.
Speculation was rampant when Rodgers returned to training camp this season that he did so as part of a deal that Gutekunst would send him somewhere he wanted to go for the 2022 season. If that is the case, where would that be?
NFL insider Jay Glazer says Week 5’s Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos game was the ‘Aaron Rodgers Bowl‘
Last Sunday, FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer let NFL fans in on where Rodgers could end up next season. In previewing the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos game, Glazer explained why these two teams could be the two favorites for Rodgers’ services next season.
He started by laying out the situation in the Steel City:
Aaron Rodgers, after this year, has the ability to force a trade out of Green Bay. It’s up to him if he wants to. On the other side, you’re asking about the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mike Tomlin and I have actually talked about what happens in life after Ben [Roethlisberger], and he said, ‘I don’t want a rookie. I don’t want to start over from scratch. I want to get a veteran, so, of course, look, a guy like Aaron Rodgers certainly fits.Jay Glazer on Aaron Rodgers and the Pittsburgh Steelers
Glazer then noted that the Mile High City is also a serious option for Rodgers:
On the other side of the field, also, the Denver Broncos — even though Teddy Bridgewater has been playing very well — they were one of the teams that were very interested, trying to trade for Aaron Rodgers also. Today’s kind of like the ‘Aaron Rodgers Bowl.’Jay Glazer on Aaron Rodgers and the Denver Broncos
The Steelers won the game last week 27-19, but the real contest between the two franchises could come in the offseason.
Why Pittsburgh and Denver are the two most realistic landing spots for the disgruntled signal-caller
Let’s start with the fact that Rodgers’ reported preference for next season is to be west of Wisconsin to be closer to his Hollywood star girlfriend and other outside football interests. The problem is, nearly all the teams in West divisions have entrenched QBs.
Denver is the only team there that doesn’t have a long-term commitment to a signal-caller. There is an argument that can be made for the Las Vegas Raiders as well, but does Rodgers really want to wade into that organizational mess? Probably not.
Denver makes the most sense in the West. Also, it worked for Peyton Manning and got him exactly what Rodgers is looking for — a second Super Bowl ring.
If he does go east, the former Cal Bear will likely look an even better organization and football situation than Denver to justify going in the opposite direction than he wants to. Of the teams on that side of the country that need a QB, only one makes sense.
The New York Giants have organizational stability, but the football situation for the next few years is questionable. The Miami Dolphins have more talent than the G-Men, but the current organization doesn’t have a track record of winning. As for the Washington Football Team, they can’t even get it together to decide on a proper name. Enough said.
That leaves the Steelers. The team has talent and a power structure — from ownership down to the coaching staff — that is second to none in the NFL.
And Rodgers is always complimentary of the franchise, head coach Mike Tomlin, and even the city of Pittsburgh itself.
If Rodgers sticks to his guns and leaves Green Bay, these are the two most likely destinations. And, like in the ‘Aaron Rodgers Bowl,’ take the Steelers.