Aaron Rodgers and drama are synonymous, joined at the hip like a loved-up couple. Or so it seems after a turbulent, up-and-down 12 months for the veteran quarterback, who seemed to be perpetually making headlines for one or another off-field incident. While most didn’t cast Rodgers in the best light, it wasn’t always bad.
First, there were headlines about a potential trade/retirement, engagement to actress Shailene Woodley and his ponytail in the offseason.
Then, during the regular season, there was the stubbed toe, brandished on camera for all to see up close and personal, Covid-19, confusion regarding his vaccine status.
Finally, topping it all off was his split with Shailene Woodley, along with the unspeakably horrendous fashion sense at the NFL awards as went up to accept the 2021 regular season MVP award – his fourth overall and second straight in as many years, coming through on the late-season NFL odds that tipped the 38-year-old signal-caller as the top favorite for NFL picks.
Will Rodgers Stay in Green Bay?
If the “will he or won’t he” speculation surrounding Aaron Rodgers sounds familiar, it’s because it is. This time last year, speculation about Rodgers’ future with the Green Bay Packers gained momentum as several possible outcomes were trotted out by the media, and the best sportsbooks, always quick on the uptake when a big story dominates the headlines, rolled out a slew of NFL futures accordingly.
Sport bets on a potential trade, landing spots, and/or retirement were there for the taking. The Denver Broncos were among the top teams that bookmakers settled on for Rodgers to be traded to while retirement wasn’t entirely off the cards, even though it wasn’t the favorite betting option.
Of course, that speculation was put to rest before summer camps and preseason preparations around the league began. Rodgers worked out a deal with the Packers and all seemed right in Green Bay again.
That was then. Ahead of another MVP-calibre regular season in which Rodgers led his side to a 13-3 record and the top seed in the NFC.
Now, the saga seems to have come back full circle and the media speculation about Rodgers’ future is rife once again. Although staying in Green Bay is priced at -250, meaning it’s the outcome bookmakers expect, the alternative options are interesting and could be worth a tickle if the market is wrong and Rodgers does bid Green Bay adieu – the only franchise he’s ever played for in his career since being drafted in 2005.
Not surprisingly, the same options are on the cards. The Denver Broncos are tipped as the best option at +380 across NFL betting platforms after Green Bay. It’s no secret the Broncos are desperate for a quarterback. That said, Rodgers has made it clear that he’s not interested in a rebuilding franchise.
After the Denver Broncos, the San Francisco 49ers emerge as the next best potential landing spot, albeit with odds of +800. Rodgers did dream of playing for the Niners, but the organization passed on the chance to draft him in 2005. That left Rodgers visibly upset. Could there be some sort of serendipity 17 years later? Not likely with Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance in San Francisco right now.
The Carson Wentz experiment in Indianapolis fell flat, prompting many to consider the organization might be looking to move on. Rodgers is priced at +1000 to become the Colts’ starter. That said, it’s hard to imagine the market is hot enough for Wentz to make a trade viable.
After Ben Roethlisberger hung up his cleats, it’s not surprising to see the Pittsburgh Steelers on the list too. Personality-wise, the Steelers don’t look like an ideal fit for Rodgers.
If there’s a team that might be a good fit, it’s the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are looking to pick up from where they left off with Tom Brady. The Buccaneers are a tasty +1400 option for a Rodgers trade.
Importantly, if Rodgers were to leave the Packers, an NFC team like the Buccaneers would be infinitely more preferable than any of the AFC options mentioned above. Keep in mind, the AFC is loaded with top-class quarterback talent that includes Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and rising stars Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert. A move to the AFC would put Rodgers in direct competition with these four quarterbacks – something that would make his goal to win a second Super Bowl much tougher.
Aaron Rodgers Next Team Odds
As per DraftKings:
- – Green Bay Packers (-280)
- – Denver Broncos (+350)
- – San Francisco 49ers (+800)
- – Indianapolis Colts (+1000)
- – Pittsburgh Steelers (+1200)
- – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1400)
- – Tennessee Titans (+2000)
- – New Orleans Saints (+2000)
- – Las Vegas Raiders (+2200)
- – Miami Dolphins (+2500)
- – Cleveland Browns (+2500)
- – Carolina Panthers (+2500)
- – Arizona Cardinals (+3500)
- – Washington Commanders (+3500)