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Where will Aaron Rodgers play in 2021? Here are 6 prospective landing areas

Does the three-time NFL MVP actually desire out of Green Bay? Does he wish to host a TELEVISION program? Is he simply sulking? Aaron Rodgers was voted NFL MVP by the Associated Press for the 2011, 2014 and 2020 seasons. Picture: Jeffrey Phelps/AP So, where is Aaron Rodgers going to play this season? Does he actually desire out of Green Bay? Does he wish to host a TELEVISION program? Is he simply sulking? Is he ready to sink into the mud in order to require through a relocation if that’s what it needs? Each and every single non-Chiefs group in the league need to get the phone to attempt to find out the responses. Seldom, if ever, is a franchise quarterback offered in their prime offered through a trade – a ruling league MVP has actually never ever been traded. Rodgers might be 37 year 0ld, however he still has at least 4 to 5 more years of top-level play in his legs. It’s worth keeping in mind: Tom Brady has actually begun as lots of Super Bowls considering that turning 37 (5) as any other quarterback has all-time. Offered his quality from the pocket, Rodgers’ video game need to age simply as with dignity. Still: We can trim the list rather rapidly. Reasonably, those groups who currently seem like they have a young, future franchise-caliber quarterback will not get the phone. Neither will the groups who have actually just recently been rebuffed therefore proceeded to brand-new targets in the draft (the 49ers, the Patriots). The Colts run out it after making a relocation for Carson Wentz at the start of the offseason; the very same chooses the Lions and the Rams. And you can eliminate any group that currently has an aging quarterback whose taking in a huge portion of that group’s wage cap (Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, et al). That leaves us with 6 prospective landing areas – with apologies to the Giants, who need to make the call however won’t. Denver Broncos The reports of a Rodgers-to-Denver offer have actually bubbled along considering that the opening night of the draft. It makes good sense. The Broncos are going no place with Drew Lock and his league-leading interception overall; Teddy Bridgewater will function as a proficient bridge piece to whoever the Broncos take a look at next, however he isn’t the long-term response. Who the Broncos rely on in the medium to long-term is a lot more pushing offered the state of their department. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs aren’t going anywhere for the next decade-plus. Ditto for Justin Herbert and the Chargers. In order to maintain, the Broncos require to take a huge swing. They were not able or reluctant to go up in the draft to land among this year’s leading quarterback potential customers, which leaves them with 3 possibilities: A, flight this season out and hope they can land a leading quarterback possibility in next year’s draft; B, muddle along with Bridgewater in a state of quarterback purgatory; C, attempt to trade for an upgrade. There is no cost that the Broncos need to hesitate to pay. Desire a number of first-rounders? Sure. Desire us to tack a second-round badger? Obviously. Oh, you desire Bradley Chubb, too? He’ll satisfy you at the airport. Las Vegas Raiders Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock, the Raiders brain-trust, discover themselves in a comparable position to Denver: the foundation of a playoff group exists, however they’re doing not have the trigger at quarterback that can assist close the space to Kansas City (and assist conceal a few of their doubtful workers options). Gruden is notoriously restless, and he has long been the sort of vocal, strident supporter for all things Rodgers-ness that the quarterback appears to long for; the coach would definitely give in to the quarterback’s desires with his offending plan– Gruden, for all his bluster, is as flexible as any coach in the league in changing his offense to the abilities of his quarterback. The Raiders have the choices and young skill required to make a huge deal. And if returning to the West Coast is any part of Rodgers’ estimation, the Raiders represent his finest chance. Carolina Panthers The Panthers are hovering. Owner David Tepper has actually been aiming to make a huge splash at quarterback since he bought the group. Carolina smelled around Deshaun Watson prior to his legal problems appeared and they were initially in line to check Russell Wilson when the quarterback’s sour relationship with the Seattle hierarchy emerged. Generating Sam Darnold while all at once paying Teddy Bridgewater to disappear was a wise gamble. Possibly there’s something there in the previous first-round choice. Possibly he was a victim or situations and bad training in New york city. Possibly not. Possibly he stinks. However the Panthers enjoy to bank on the capacity of something, anything, instead of treading water with an understood product like Bridgewater. But just because Carolina only recently added Darnold does mean that they’re wedded to him for any length of time. If Rodgers is available and interested, the Panthers will be at the front of the queue making their case – they could even include Darnold in such a deal if the Packers wanted to buy Jordan Love more time or wanted to flip him themselves for extra assets. Miami Dolphins In two short years, Chris Grier and Brian Flores, the head honchos in Miami, have orchestrated the model rebuild. They loaded up on draft picks, built to specific scheme requirements in free agency rather than chasing names, took longshots on some high-upside players, drafted their quarterback of the future once the right pieces were in place, brought that quarterback along slowly. The roster has shown complete buy-in. The team has developed a bunch of players from so-so prospects or bit-part pieces into the foundation of a side that has real division-title aspirations this coming season. Miami could continue on that normal evolutionary line. They could continue to take things linear: they can explain away Tua Tagovailoa’s early struggles as the natural issues of any rookie quarterback; they could give him time to grow; they can continue to build around Tagovailoa, slowly and methodically. Or they could try to microwave success right now; they could use some of their remaining assets from the rebuilding days and take a run at a deal for Rodgers. No matter how smart or calculated a team’s long-term plan is, it means little for a coach or GM if their hand-picked quarterback turns the ball over on third down. It’s short-sighted, but it’s the way the league works. Would the Dolphins hierarchy rather bet on the next six years (perhaps more) of Tagovailoa or the next three years (perhaps more) of Rodgers, particularly in a division that is in a state of some flux? New Orleans Saints For the first time in a long time, the Saints are in the market for a quarterback. Sean Payton has the kind of quarterback-friendly, it’s-more-of-a-partnership-than-coaching reputation that could lure Rodgers to the NFC South. The Saints have bad big trades before and are delighted to be ruthless in pursuit of upgrading their roster: they will move on fan favourites, will dangle out superstars in trades, will finagle the salary cap in order to squeeze out an extra couple of dollars in order to add another player now to win today not caring about the future. In short, all of the things that Rodgers has issues with in Green Bay. At some point soon, the Saints will have to pay for all of the salary cap sins of the back-end of the Drew Brees era, but there’s enough flexibility in the new collective Bargaining Agreement for the team to kick that can down the road for another two years, opening up enough of a window that could tempt Rodgers to make the move. Green Bay Packers The Packers do not want to trade Rodgers. If anything, it would be preferable from the Packers’ perspective for Rodgers to retire than to move to another team, no matter the amount of compensation that would come back in exchange, which means that the quarterback is going to need to make a stink – publicly or privately – in order to get out of Green Bay. That offers three interesting questions that Rodgers must answer before he hits the ultimate I-want-out button (so far, all Rodgers-wants-out chatter has come via leaks, not his own mouth): Does he want to leave to improve his chances to win a Super Bowl somewhere else? Does he want to leave because he feels promises have been broken by those above him and he cannot continue to work with the team? Does he really just want to move because he’s tired of Wisconsin and wants to move back to the West Coast where he could potentially host Jeopardy!? It’s hard to argue that wherever he could land would be a demonstrable upgrade over the roster in Green Bay. The Packers went to the NFC championship game last year, their cap sheet is healthy, and they have the assets to add some immediate help if Rodgers commits to staying and lays out his own timeline. Rodgers could turn any franchise into a legitimate contender, such is his excellence and individual style, but it’s hard to make the argument that his Super Bowl odds would be improved by moving elsewhere. Jeopardy! Lurking over everything is the idea that Rodgers could retire to be the full-time host of Jeopardy!. The show’s show-runner has stated publicly that they’re looking for a host that can commit their full-time to the show rather than viewing it as a side hustle alongside their main role. Being an NFL quarterback would seem to disqualify Rodgers from contention. Rodgers doesn’t think so. “They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay. That gives me 178 days to do Jeopardy!. So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work,” Rodgers told The Ringer. “It would be a dream job for sure, and I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job.” Rodgers wants Jeopardy! but does Jeopardy! want Rodgers? Rodgers did a good job as a game show host… for a professional quarterback. However some of the buzz surrounding his performance feels overblown. It’s similar to Blake Griffin’s rendezvous with stand-up comedy. Athletes are generally graded in such things on a curve, the commentariat writ large grateful to any athlete for showing a modicum of personality beyond a barrage of cliches. And so the praise pours in. He’s hilarious! He was amazing! Griffin wasn’t giving Dave Chappelle any sleepless nights. And while Jeopardy! is probably enjoying the bump of being in the Aaron Rodgers business, are they willing to turn a media juggernaut over to a rookie ahead of a TV professional? And if Jeopardy! demanded the host work full-time, would Rodgers be willing to retire in his prime, a year after winning the league’s MVP award, in order to host a game show? He might. Everybody’s priorities are different. But that would potentially put him on the hook for $31 million if the Packers looked to recuperate his signing bonus.

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