Packers QB Aaron Rodgers torn on where he wants to play in 2022
Aaron Rodgers is preparing to play in 2022. He doesn’t know where yet.
As Green Bay awaits his decision, the reigning MVP is torn about returning to the only professional team he’s ever known, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday. Rodgers is said to go back and forth on what he wants, with one alternate destination in particular standing out, Rapoport added.
“Fourth has always been the Denver Broncos,” Rapoport said. “Since the Aaron Rodgers rumors started, the Denver Broncos have always been the potential trade spot. I’m not saying anything is going on right now. It doesn’t seem like the Packers had any trade thoughts at all. But to Rodgers “Look out, if he wasn’t in Green Bay, it looks like (Denver) would be the other place he would want to be.”
The Broncos, of course, recently hired former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as their new head coach. They also feature a deep, young receiving body and a promising running back, a mid-level offensive line (which was comparable to Green Bay’s last year), and a talented defense. Denver is also flush with cap space, unlike the Pack, despite residing in a much tougher division and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2015.
The biggest difference, and perhaps a major factor in the 38-year-old’s thinking, is familiarity. Rodgers built his entire legacy with the Packers, winning a Super Bowl and four MVPs while establishing himself as one of the best to ever spin a football. Additionally, he and coach Matt LaFleur have proven to be a perfect fit over the past three seasons, with Rodgers earning back-to-back MVPs as the team has won 13 games each year and made two NFC title appearances.
Rapoport noted there’s a lot of positivity between Rodgers and Green Bay, which the QB himself has highlighted recently, with the organization determined to do everything possible to keep him at home. The front office is in talks with Rodgers’ representation over a short-term deal that would make him the highest-paid player on an annual basis.
General manager Brian Gutekunst said earlier this week that he expects a response from Rodgers by the start of the league’s new year (March 16). It’s the biggest domino of the offseason, and the fall could upset the balance of power in both conferences.