Well…we certainly have a new conundrum on our hands in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers decided that instead of surrounding Aaron Rodgers with some new weapons, they would draft his eventual replacement instead. The Packers took Jordan Love with the 26th pick, which they even traded up for. This was a shock to a lot of Green Bay fans, as well as fans across the league. As someone who has had the privilege to watch a large majority of Aaron Rodgers snaps in the NFL, this pick can be seen as extremely disrespectful to the SuperBowl champion and SuperBowl MVP from 2010-2011.
In this article, I will be going over the 3 teams I feel would be the best fitting for Rodgers, if the Packers do intend on trading him. These ideas of trading Rodgers were brought on by former Packers quarterback Brett Favre. In an interview conducted by NBCSports “The Rich Eisen Show”, Favre stated that he believes Rodgers will finish his career elsewhere.
The Jacksonville Jaguars would be my front-runner to trade for Aaron Rodgers if anyone. They have offensive weapons (D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook, Leonard Fournette, Chris Conley, etc.). They have the young talent being brought in (K’Lavon Chaisson and Laviska Shenault Jr.). They have a young quarterback for Rodgers to pass his wisdom to, Gardner Minshew II. The Jaguars also have plenty of cap space to take on Rodgers’ contract, due to lots of young contracts. This also gives Rodgers a chance to work with a very good offensive coordinator in Jay Gruden, who has experience in leading young teams.
For the Packers, this would end up being the best trade of the 3 I will mention. You move Rodgers to another conference, where you won’t be likely to play against him. You get some good assets from the Jaguars in the form of high picks. Best of all, the Jaguars have been trading lots of high-value players as of recently, so maybe, just maybe, they could get Yannick Ngakoue.
Trading Rodgers to the Jaguars could work out great for both sides in terms of assets and other outside determining factors.
The Chicago Bears are unlikely, but possible in this situation. After bringing in more tight ends in Jimmy Graham (played with Rodgers last year) and Cole Kmet, weapons are beginning to roll in. The Bears have a small army of tight ends for that matter, currently retaining 9 on the roster:
- Jimmy Graham
- Cole Kmet
- Adam Shaheen
- J.P. Holtz
- Eric Saubert
- Jesper Horsted
- Ben Braunecker
- Demetrius Harris
- Darion Clark
They also have a talented receiver in Allen Robinson II, and 2 extremely speedy receivers in Ted Ginn Jr. and Cordarrelle Patterson. Two other players to add to the mix are the halfbacks, Tarik Cohen and David Montgomery. On the other side of the ball, the Bears have a stellar defense, which has withstood the test of time, remaining elite for a long time. Having a defense that can produce turnovers will get the ball into Rodgers’ hands more often.
On the Packers side, this is likely the worst of the 3 trades. They would get some high-level picks, and maybe a different backup QB, but other than that it would be intangible pieces in the trade. This would also allow Rodgers to get his revenge twice a year on an organization that he may have ill will towards.
The Indianapolis Colts would be a great win for Rodgers, but not necessarily the Packers. Rodgers would be sitting behind one of the most talented offensive linemen in the league, Quenton Nelson. He would also have backfield weapons in Marlon Mack, Jonathan Taylor, and Nyheim Hines. Aside from the backfield, he has some amazing receiving targets, including T.Y. Hilton, Michael Pittman Jr., Parris Campbell, Zach Pascal, Jack Doyle, and Trey Burton. Rodgers would be an absolute force with this type of offensive line and receiving core, as he would be able to sling the ball at free will. He would also be able to work with offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, who has a long history of coaching jobs spanning from 2004-2020.
For the Packers, this could work out as well. With the Colts having a deep receiving core, the Packers may be able to snag Parris Campbell or Zach Pascal in a trade, giving new quarterback Jordan Love another receiving threat. Similar to the Jaguars trade, this would get Rodgers out of their conference and would allow them to not have to play him for a while.
Where do you feel is a good fit for Aaron Rodgers? Leave a comment below.
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