Trade proposed for Rodgers would result in huge transport by packers


Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers leaves the field against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on December 19, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr / Getty Images)

The Green Bay Packers don’t want to trade quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but this offseason they may not have a choice.

A QB good enough to lead a team to the Super Bowl is scarce. A three-time and reigning NFL MVP quarterback who is currently the favorite to win the award for a fourth time is considerably rarer. A player of this caliber available through the trade market is so rare that he hardly ever shows up. But when he does, every team with even a long shot at winning a title lines up with a King’s Ransom in hand to shoot, even when the player is 39 and under contract for one more season – like Rodgers.

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Should Rodgers become available during the offseason, the Denver Broncos are sure to find their way to the top spot. Brad Spielberger, of Pro Football Focus (PFF), published an article on Dec.20 describing precisely what the Packers could expect to get back if they sold their MVP in Denver.

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GettyAaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers runs the field before the NFL game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 12, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

According to Spielberger, the realistic commercial package for Rodgers would include two first-round draft picks in 2022 and 2023, a second-round draft pick in 2022 and a third-round draft pick in 2023 – and that’s just the start. of it.

The Packers are also potentially in line to land a high-quality player or two in the deal. Spielberger mentioned Bradley Chubb or Dre’Mont Jones as top defensemen who the Broncos may be ready to part ways with should Rodgers become available.

Green Bay would incur $ 26,847,138 in dead money, while the Broncos would inherit a contract valued at $ 26,970,588, if the deal goes through.

“Rodgers will be 39 in 2022 and will likely be looking to sign an extension that will make him the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL on an annual basis, which is certainly factored into the value of any trade,” wrote Spielberger. “Nonetheless, the Packers have made it clear that they are prepared to let Rodgers retire before accepting a bad commercial offer. So any interested team will always have to pay a high price to acquire their services, especially since the 2020 NFL MVP has a chance to repeat with a good final month of the season.

The Broncos are in a position to part ways with significant draft capital, Spielberger explained, after transferring Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams for a second-round and third-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, in addition to own the rights of their own choosing in the first three rounds in 2022.

Another incentive for the Broncos to pay a hefty price for Rodgers is their setup across the rest of the roster. Rodgers are said to have several quality targets to throw the ball to, including spreaders Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick, as well as tight end Noah Fant. Beyond that, Spielberger pointed out that the Broncos’ offensive line ranks as the 10th best pass blocking unit, according to the PFF scoring system.

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GettyGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Any business discussion between Green Bay and Denver – or Green Bay and any franchise – at this point is only educated speculation.

However, Rodgers will be able to force the Packers’ hand in the offseason, if he chooses to do so, due to the structure of his deal and the fact that the team offered an olive branch in the last offseason under. the form of Rodgers’ release from the past year. of his contract. Had Green Bay decided not to fold in this regard, the QB would have been under contract for two more years instead of just one, wiping out much of his influence to push for a trade.

The best way for the Packers to keep Rodgers in town is to win it all this year. As of Friday, they are able to do just that. Green Bay leads the entire league with an 11-3 record, one game ahead of the Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals in the NFC, as well as the Kansas City Chiefs in the ‘AFC.

The Packers welcome the injured and virus-infected Cleveland Browns on Christmas Day before ending the season with the Minnesota Vikings at home in Week 17 and the Detroit Lions on the road in Week 18. On Friday, December 24, the Packers were tied with the Chiefs as favorites to win the Super Bowl at +450 odds, according to Caesars Sportsbook.

Bringing back the second title of his tenure to Green Bay could prompt Rodgers to end his career in the green and gold. And if the longevity of 44-year-old Tom Brady is any indication, it could turn out to be several more seasons to come.

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