Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shocked the football world on Thursday when it was revealed that he is “disgruntled” with the organization and no longer wants to play for them. One of the rumors that are being reported is that Rodgers is upset because the Packers allegedly promised they’d trade him over the offseason but decided to change their mind.
Rodgers has spent his entire career with the Packers and, during that time, has become one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. He’s been named Most Valuable Player three times, including in 2020, and carried Green Bay to a Super Bowl 45 victory. With that being said, a Rodgers trade would likely be one of the biggest the league has ever seen.
After Round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft ended, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst was asked if he’d consider trading Aaron Rodgers. He answered back by saying that he wouldn’t. However, never say never in the NFL.
Should Aaron Rodgers be traded, BetOnline is listing the Las Vegas Raiders as the likeliest destination at +700 odds.
The Raiders have been unable to win the big one with Derek Carr as the quarterback, so switching to a three-time MVP would be a huge upgrade. Rodgers is also from the West Coast, which means a move to Las Vegas would put him closer to home. Seeing him in the AFC West would also give fans the gift of seeing Rodgers against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs twice a year.
Aaron Rodgers Odds: Possible Trade Destinations
Odds via BetOnline as of Friday, April 30
- Las Vegas Raiders (+700)
- Denver Broncos (+800)
- Los Angeles Chargers (+1000)
- Cleveland Browns (+1200)
- Miami Dolphins (+1200)
- New Orleans Saints (+1200)
- Carolina Panthers (+1400)
- Washington Football Team (+1400)
Full odds list available at BetOnline.ag.
Broncos Second-Likeliest Option to Land Rodgers
At +800 odds, the Denver Broncos are the second-likeliest trade destination for Aaron Rodgers. The Drew Lock experiment hasn’t been working out, which is why the Broncos acquired Teddy Bridgewater from the Carolina Panthers last week. Even if Bridgewater is an upgrade over Lock, Rodgers would be an improvement over both of them.
During Round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft, there were rumors that the Broncos didn’t end up selecting a quarterback because they believe they’re that close to trading for the three-time MVP.
If that’s the case, this could be exciting for Broncos fans. Even at 37 years old, Rodgers threw for 4,299 passing yards and 48 touchdowns to 5 interceptions in 2020. The Broncos have a solid team and if they were to acquire Rodgers, they could be that much better and one step closer to another Super Bowl.
Could Aaron Rodgers Join the Chargers?
While the Los Angeles Chargers may not be the favorites to land Aaron Rodgers, there’s still a +1000 possibility that they could. For starters, the veteran signal-caller is from California. Since it’s clear that he’s not going to the San Francisco 49ers, the Chargers may be his best bet.
Some people may scratch their heads at the possibility since the team already has Justin Herbert as their quarterback. That’s especially true when you consider he’s coming off of a rookie season 4,336 yards and 31 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. However, Herbert doesn’t have the experience that Rodgers has at this stage of his career. If the Chargers think that Herbert isn’t going to win them a Super Bowl any time soon, they could offer a solid package that includes him in exchange for Rodgers. After all, it’s hard to imagine them willing to sit Herbert for the foreseeable future after how he’s played.
The fact is that Aaron Rodgers may be able to play for several more seasons. He’s showing little signs of slowing down. The Chargers could feel that they can squeeze a couple more Super Bowls out of him and, if that’s the case, they could be willing to sacrifice Herbert for immediate success.