With every passing day, it appears extra probably Aaron Rodgers would possibly even have performed his final sport with the Packers. Inexperienced Bay can, will and may insist that it isn’t parting methods with its star quarterback, however the actuality is Rodgers desires out. A number of retailers have indicated as a lot, with the reigning NFL MVP reportedly telling teammates he does not plan to return to the Pack, airing grievances with the complete Inexperienced Bay entrance workplace, providing to pay hundreds of thousands simply to be shipped elsewhere and, now, considering retirement to drive the staff’s hand. Whereas a number of inquiring golf equipment have reportedly been turned away already, it is solely a matter of time till the Packers are pressured to discipline affords if their face of the franchise performs hardball and truly refuses to go well with up for his personal squad.
It is not dissimilar to the Deshaun Watson state of affairs in Houston, not less than previous to the Texans QB going through a litany of authorized challenges and allegations. No good NFL staff will ever publicly acknowledge the potential of its star QB taking part in elsewhere, however sooner or later, unhealthy public relations — like, you understand, Aaron Rodgers all however requesting he by no means performs for the Packers once more — turns into extra daunting than satisfying a disgruntled celebrity and fostering an excellent, wholesome staff atmosphere within the course of. All indications are that Rodgers’ relationship with Inexperienced Bay has already soured to an excessive degree, so if the trajectory continues, we’re in for a heck of a summer season in Wisconsin.
All that mentioned, what precisely would possibly the Packers anticipate to get for Rodgers?
Matthew Stafford value the Rams two first-round picks, a third-round choose and Jared Goff (extra like Goff’s contract) this 12 months. Carson Wentz value the Colts a 3rd and conditional second that may turn into a primary. Sam Darnold value the Panthers a second, fourth and sixth. Trey Lance, the 49ers‘ choose at No. 3 on Thursday evening, basically value San Francisco its No. 12 choose, two further firsts and a 3rd. Rodgers, as chances are you’ll nicely know, is way superior than every certainly one of them. And whereas he’ll be 38 on the finish of 2021, he is additionally recent off an MVP season, has performed all 16 video games in seven of his final 9 seasons, and his contract — roughly $105 million due over the subsequent three years (with a whopping $0 assured) — is palatable.
In different phrases, he’d break the bank. And odds are just a few groups would make professional affords. Rodgers reportedly recognized the Broncos, 49ers and Raiders as most well-liked touchdown spots this week, however San Francisco is out of the combination now that Lance is on board. That leaves Denver and Las Vegas, until you are together with NFC wild playing cards just like the Saints — which we aren’t, on this train, as a result of it is simply extremely exhausting to foresee Inexperienced Bay permitting Rodgers to remain within the NFC if he will get his want for a recent begin.
Right here, then, are only a couple potential commerce packages that would make sense for the Broncos and Raiders:
- QB Drew Lock, 2022 first-rounder, 2023 first-rounder, 2024 first-rounder, 2022 second-rounder, 2023 third-rounder
- WR Courtland Sutton, 2022 first, 2023 first, 2024 first, 2022 second
- OG Graham Glasgow, 2022 first, 2023 first, 2024 first, 2022 second, 2023 second
- OLB Von Miller, 2022 first, 2023 first, 2024 first, 2022 second, 2023 fifth
In each state of affairs right here, the baseline is three first-rounders. That simply must be a place to begin, until a couple of influence starter or Day Two choose packages are included. As a result of, keep in mind, if Inexperienced Bay truly offers Rodgers, it should want all of the assets it might get to both construct round 2020 first-rounder Jordan Love or hunt for another. Lock is smart as throw-in competitors slightly than a Love alternative. Sutton and Glasgow, in the meantime, would make for short- and long-term upgrades at large receiver or offensive guard, respectively, whereas Miller would give the Packers a premium rental at go rusher. The keys, once more, are the picks: In each deal right here, Inexperienced Bay will get not less than 4 picks within the first two rounds.
- QB Derek Carr, 2022 first, 2023 first, 2024 first
- WR Henry Ruggs III, 2022 first, 2023 first, 2024 first, 2022 second, 2023 fourth
- DE Maxx Crosby, S Johnathan Abram, 2022 first, 2023 first, 2024 first, 2022 third
If the Packers could be extra enticed by a faster repair at QB earlier than handing the keys to Love, then the Raiders are quietly intriguing. Carr has drawn annual assist from Vegas brass, however each coach Jon Gruden and basic supervisor Mike Mayock have repeatedly hinted at exploring upgrades, and there isn’t any doubt they’d reduce the wire if it meant including A-Rod. Carr, in the meantime, would probably permit Inexperienced Bay to remain within the playoff hunt in 2021 and past. Ruggs would give the Pack the younger, flashy play-maker they’ve lacked reverse Davante Adams. Crosby and Abram, in the meantime, would give new defensive coordinator Joe Barry two high-upside starters, with Crosby particularly providing long-term juice as a 23-year-old with 17 sacks in his first two seasons.