There are few quarterbacks in NFL history better than Aaron Rodgers and it showed last season. Rodgers’ won his third career NFL MVP while leading the Green Bay Packers to the NFC Conference Championship in arguably his best season. Even with the success he had last season, Rodgers may want out of Green Bay as ESPN Adam Schefter reported the quarterback has told people within the Packers organization he does not want to return to the team.
“Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so disgruntled with the Green Bay Packers that he has told some within the organization that he does not want to return to the team,” Schefter tweeted on April 29th.
The news sent the NFL world into a frenzy as analysts and fans start putting together trade scenarios for the NFL MVP, but Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst has made several public comments saying he will not trade Rodgers. Time will tell if that remains to be true, but one team who should test the market for Rodgers if available is the Denver Broncos.
Denver is a Potential Landing Spot
According to Mike Silver of NFL Network, Broncos general manager, George Paton, called Gutekunst on draft day to engage in a trade for Rodgers, but nothing serious as the Packers were not willing to entertain the conversation. The Broncos then went on to select cornerback Patrick Surtain II out of Alabama.
Drafting Surtain over quarterbacks such as Justin Fields and Mac Jones raised some eyebrows, but the Broncos may have possibly drafted with their eyes set on Rodgers. James Palmer of NFL Network reported the Broncos are a “legitimate landing spot.”
“I’ve talked to people inside the building who have told me it’s a real possibility Aaron Rodgers could end up with the Denver Broncos,” said Palmer. “Those same people have told me that, remember, deals of this size, with players of this nature—MVPs—are difficult to get done, and you don’t know if they’re going to get done until you get to the finish line. At the same time, you need the Packers to make him available.”
If the Packers do make Rodgers available and the trade with the Broncos does get to the finish line, Rodgers will make the Broncos an instant Super Bowl contender. With players like Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Melvin Gordon, Noah Fant, KJ Hamler, Tim Patrick and Pro Football Focus number one running back in the 2021 NFL Draft, Javonte Williams, the Broncos have the talent to scare opposing offenses.
Rodgers’ Will Help the Young Broncos Talent
Last season the Broncos struggled in the passing game with Drew Lock at quarterback. The Broncos finished 28th in passing offense by averaging only 215.7 yards per game, 26th in the NFL. Lock finished the season with subpar stats, throwing for only 16 touchdowns and tied with Carson Wentz for the most interceptions in the league with 15. Also, Lock only completed 57.3 percent passes of his passes, which was the lowest out of 35 qualified quarterback in the NFL. The player who suffered the most from the inaccuracy of Lock was rookie receiver Jerry Jeudy.
According to PFF, Jeudy had 24 percent of his targets fall incomplete due to his quarterback (highest percent in the NFL) and 26 uncatchable targets (most in the NFL). He was able to finish with 52 catches for 856 yards, three touchdowns, and ranked 7th in the NFL yards per catch with 16.5.
With a more accurate quarterback like Rodgers, the numbers for Jeudy and the other offensive weapons on the Broncos will gradually improve. Rodgers finished first in the NFL in completion percentage with 70.7. He would also solidify the quarterback position in Denver for first time since Peyton Manning retired.
The Broncos Failure at Quarterback
Since 2015, the Broncos have tried to replace Manning with Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Brock Osweiler, Case Keenum, Joe Flacco, Lock and now newly traded for Teddy Bridgewater. With the exception of Bridgewater who has yet to play a game for the Broncos, all the quarterback experiments have been an abysmal failure. Example, the Broncos are the only team in NFL history to miss the playoffs in each of the five seasons since their last Super Bowl win.
If Rodgers were to become available, the Broncos should do everything in their power to land the 2020 NFL MVP. The price for Rodgers will not be cheap though and will cost the Broncos their future.
After speaking to NFL executives to find out how much the Broncos would have to send the Packers to acquire Rodgers, the Broncos will have to give up three first-round picks in 2022, 2023 and 2024; a 2022 second-round pick, and three premier players to at least have a chance to get the 2021 NFL MVP.
At age 37 and coming off his best season as a pro, Rodgers is worth the estimated price tag. He is the type of player teams should bargain their future for in exchange for a chance to get back to the playoffs and win a Super Bowl. Very rarely do draft picks turn into the caliber player Aaron Rodgers is.