His reported monstrous contract deal may not be as long or as much as we think, but it got the ball rolling on a day that revolved around NFL quarterbacks.
Aaron Rodgers is smart, and his decision to stay with the Packers was definitely his best option and not a surprise.
Aaron Rodgers return to Green Bay not a surprise. Russell Wilson to Denver a stunner.
— Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthPFF) March 8, 2022
He was probably informed that the team would find a way to keep Davante Adams with him in Green Bay.
And this Green Bay team has been so close to getting to the Super Bowl the past two seasons.
That is not what we can say about the teams potentially interested in Rodgers.
The two mentioned most frequently were Denver and Pittsburgh.
— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) March 7, 2022
— Blitzburgh (@Blitz_Burgh) March 8, 2022
Each team has inherent problems.
1. Denver Is In A Competitive Division
The Broncos have not been good since Peyton Manning retired.
Denver has to compete with the Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, and the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Broncos finished 7-10 in 2021.
Even with a great quarterback like Rodgers and now reportedly Russell Wilson, this team is not a good one.
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) March 8, 2022
That means it will take years to build it up.
In contrast, the Packers are a win-now team.
2. Steelers Have To Contend With Bengals and Ravens
The Steelers have it almost as bad as the Broncos.
Depending on how the Browns bounce back in 2022, they could be a formidable opponent also.
The Steelers have more pieces in place to win in a quicker timeframe than the Broncos do, but there are still plenty of question marks with them.
NFC Is Less Competitive Conference
With Russell Wilson and Tom Brady now gone from the NFC landscape, who does Rodgers have to compete with?
Rodgers can probably lead the Packers to an NFC North division championship with his eyes closed.
The level of competition is not high yet.
It could get there in time, but right now the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, and Minnesota Vikings are not a threat to Green Bay.
Current state of the NFC North pic.twitter.com/uJdqEjh5jL
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) March 8, 2022
Rodgers likes Matt LaFleur, and the two work well together.
That was another selling point for him at this point in his career.
LaFleur is young and smart, and he knows that Rodgers is the key to the Packers getting to the Super Bowl.
Rodgers has more of a say in what is happening on the roster, and none of that would be guaranteed if he decided to go to a different team.
He made the right decision as did the Packers; Rodgers should end his career there and has a great chance of getting to another Super Bowl before he retires and leaves the game behind.