NFL Odds: Who’s Favored to Start for the Packers if not Rodgers?

One of the biggest stories in the NFL over the last few weeks has been the ongoing drama between the Green Bay Packers and their star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. The veteran signal-caller has grown frustrated with the organization and wants out. On the other hand, the Packers would like to keep Rodgers for as long as possible.

With that being said, it’s not like we haven’t seen an organization say they wouldn’t trade a player in the past only to end up doing it. So, if Rodgers gets traded or just doesn’t play for the Packers next NFL season, Green Bay still needs to start someone at quarterback.

BetOnline has released a market that looks that who has the best odds of being the next Green Bay QB. At +150 odds, they’re favoring the team’s current backup, Jordan Love.

When the Packers drafted Love in 2020, it seems as if the move upset Rodgers as he wasn’t ready for the organization to find his replacement yet. Now, the 22-year-old signal-caller may finally get his chance to see NFL action. He’s yet to take a snap in the league, but he was a second-team All-MWC player in college, so the potential is there. It just matters if Love is ready to harness it.

NFL Odds: Green Bay Packers Starting Quarterback for Week 1 of the 2021 Season if not Rodgers

Odds via BetOnline as of Wednesday, May 12

  • Jordan Love (+150)
  • Derek Carr (+400)
  • Drew Lock (+400)
  • Teddy Bridgewater (+500)
  • Russell Wilson (+1200)
  • Marcus Mariota (+1400)
  • Jameis Winston (+1600)

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Could Carr or Lock Be the Packers’ New Starting QB?

At +400 odds, Derek Carr and Drew Lock are tied for second-best odds to start for the Packers in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season. What’s interesting about these names is that they both play for teams that Rodgers has been linked to in trade rumors. Carr is already starting for the Las Vegas Raiders while Lock is with the Denver Broncos. If Rodgers is traded to either team, those players’ services will no longer be needed, hence why they’d go the other way to Green Bay.

Obviously, if it came down to those two quarterbacks, the Packers would prefer to have Carr. With all due respect to Lock, he was bad last NFL season, especially for throwing almost as many interceptions (15) as he did touchdowns (16). On the other hand, Carr threw for over 4,000 yards for the third year in a row. He also added 27 touchdowns to 9 interceptions.

Another option is Teddy Bridgewater (+500), who’s also on the Broncos quarterback depth chart. However, Denver may end up trading him even though they just acquired him from the Carolina Panthers a few weeks ago. If they believe Lock can turn it around one day, Bridgewater could be out the door.

NFL Odds: Potential Wilson-Rodgers Trade

One of the main reasons why the Packers probably aren’t quickly trading Rodgers is that it’s impossible to get the proper value back for him. He’s a three-time NFL MVP and a former Super Bowl Champion — it’d be hard to match that in a trade. However, the Packers could get pretty close if they swapped superstar QBs with the Seattle Seahawks by acquiring Russell Wilson (+1200).

It was reported earlier this year that Wilson would consider leaving Seattle. If he wants out and Rodgers wants out, why not trade them for each other? It’s probably the best offer that either team could get, plus it would give each quarterback a chance to have a fresh start on a contender.

It might seem like a long shot to happen, but a Rodgers-Wilson trade could potentially be the biggest in NFL history.

Devon Platana
Devon Platana

After graduating with a Masters degree in Journalism, Devon joined USGS to improve his sports writing skills. As a lifelong sports fan, one of Devon’s favorite things to do is analyze statistics across all sports.