The Green Bay Packers had a terrific season that ended in a very disappointing way in the NFC Championship against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
With the probable 2020 NFL MVP season as their signal caller, the team made some interesting play calling choices that even Aaron Rodgers openly disagreed with during the postgame press conference.
That leads the rumor mill to go into a full press on the possibility that Rodgers is disgruntled enough to demand a trade from the Packers.
If that happens (and I think it’s highly unlikely), what three teams would be the best landing places for Rodgers’ amazing talent?
1. New England Patriots
This is a no-brainer.
Belichick hates to lose, and he is watching his former protege win without him this year in Tampa Bay.
What better way to get the Patriots back on track than to land a HOF caliber quarterback like Rodgers?
Most passing TDs in last 2 seasons
1. Aaron Rodgers – 83
2. Patrick Mahomes – 78 pic.twitter.com/G44p8uWBbM
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) January 28, 2021
Belichick knows how talented Rodgers is; he talked about Rodgers before the most recent Packer-Patriots matchup in 2018.
“He has great accuracy. Very mobile in the pocket. He extends plays. Really good vision down the field. Uses the cadence well. He’s a very good situational player. He’s just one of the great quarterbacks in the National Football League. No question about it.”
It probably wouldn’t be difficult for Belichick to convince Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft to get on board.
He is 80 years old and doesn’t like losing either.
Rodgers is used to playing in the cold weather, and he would be embraced by the Patriots fan base who have spent the past year mourning Brady’s departure.
2. Indianapolis Colts
Philip Rivers just retired.
He left a Colts team that made the playoffs and has a lot of the pieces to contend in future years.
If Rodgers wants to jump into the most playoff-ready team on this list, it is definitely the Colts.
Aaron Rodgers and Coach Frank Reich (a former quarterback himself) would be a fun partnership to watch also.
Back in November before the Colts played the Packers, Reich talked about how special Rodgers is.
“As a former quarterback, you throw out those numbers – 26 touchdowns, three interceptions – and that’s commonplace for Rodgers. That never ceases to amaze me, how a guy turns the ball over so few times like he does, with all the times he is pushing the ball down the field. It’s a tribute to who he is as a player and for how consistent he has been doing that as a player.”
3. San Francisco 49ers
Rodgers is from California so a move west is not out of the realm of possibilities.
It seems like the Jimmy Garoppolo experiment is about to be terminated in San Francisco, therefore, the 49ers will need a starting quarterback.
The 49ers have some weapons but would be a work-in-progress.
At 37, it is unclear how long Rodgers wants to play so he may desire more of a quick success if he makes the move from Green Bay.
All of this will make for interesting offseason chatter, but all signs indicate that Aaron Rodgers will be back with the Packers when the 2021 season opens.