Aaron Rodgers has been in the headlines as the Green Bay Packers reportedly will look at trading him to the AFC according to Dov Kleiman. Here are 5 potential landing spots for Aaron Rodgers.
1. Green Bay Packers
The most likely place for Rodgers to be playing would be to return to the Packers. Kleiman reports that they will consider trading Rodgers to the AFC, but they may ultimately keep him. There has been some frustration over moves the front office has made, although Rodgers has repeatedly mentioned how much he enjoys playing for Matt LaFleur.
If he returns to the Packers, Rodgers will rejoin a team that was one game away from playoff contention. Considering their youth at the wide receiver position and on defense, they could compete next season with some key offseason moves. Staying with the Packers would also mean that he likely stays with the same team for his entire career.
Over the last few seasons, Rodgers has contemplated retirement. It wouldn’t be a stretch for him to walk away from the game. He has shown other interests outside of football, like hosting Jeopardy. If the Packers find a trade partner who wants Rodgers, it likely will have to be one that he approves of, otherwise, he could call it a career.
3. New York Jets
Is time a flat circle? Brett Favre left the Packers years ago to join the Jets when Rodgers took over as the Packers’ starter. The Jets are in the AFC and have the draft capital to offer the Packers for Rodgers. With the reported price for Rodgers being two first-round picks, New York could be his next destination.
The Jets will be getting tackle Mekhi Becton back from injury. They received solid play from rookie running back Breece Hall, before tearing his ACL, and rookie wide receiver Garrett Wilson. Their defense ranked second in the league by allowing 18.6 points per game. A quarterback of Rogers’ stature could take the Jets from a team who just missed the playoffs to a team who could make the playoffs and possibly more.
4. Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis has had a revolving door at quarterback since Andrew Luck retired. Jacoby Brissett took over, then Philip Rivers was signed. Carson Wentz and Matt Ryan were added as veteran options in the following years. The team seems like they want a quarterback who could be around for a while, but a chance to get Aaron Rodgers could change things.
The Colts still have remnants of a solid offensive line from a few years ago. A young running back in Jonathan Taylor could really aid Rodgers in being ok with a trade to Indianapolis. The defense allowed 25.1 points per game, but with some better health, could improve next season. In an AFC South that seems to be wid open after a 9-8 team made the playoffs out of the division, Rodgers could thrive.
5. Tennessee Titans
The Titans failed to make the playoffs this season. Ryan Tannehill was injured and the offense suffered. Even when Tannehill has been healthy, he hasn’t been a premier quarterback. Tennessee drafted Malik Willis in the 2022 NFL Draft, but he didn’t appear to be ready in limited action this season.
Tennessee has a good running game with Derrick Henry, but could really boost their offense with better quarterback play to complement Henry. Their defense ranked 12th in the league in scoring. He’ll need some playmakers to step up at receiver, but Rodgers could be successful with the Titans.
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