The future of Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers has been a topic of much speculation and debate in the NFL community and amongst fans. After a disappointing 2022 season that saw Rodgers and company fail to reach the playoffs– there has been much discussion about where the future Hall of Fame quarterback might end up if he is traded. In this article, we will explore 7 teams that could potentially be in the running to acquire Rodgers for the 2023 NFL season.
Denver Broncos –The Broncos have been widely considered one of the top contenders to land Rodgers even though they just acquired Coach Sean Payton and a version of Russell Wilson that no one expected to see– they could potentially package Wilson and draft picks to go after Rodgers. This team once had Tim Tebow who led them to the playoffs and an improbable win over Pittsburgh in a wild playoff game….and the following year Tebow was ousted for Peyton Manning. So yes it is very feasible a lackluster season performance by Russell Wilson could still lead to him being out if they can make a deal for Rodgers. They have a solid roster with talent at both the skill positions and on defense. Acquiring Rodgers would give the Broncos a proven superstar at the position and instantly make them one of the top teams in the AFC.
Pittsburgh Steelers –The Steelers have a strong defense and an established group of skill position players, but they have been held back by inconsistent quarterback play. Kenny Pickett maybe their “Quarterback of the future” but Rodgers could be the answer to Quarterback right now. While Rodgers would represent a significant financial investment, the potential payoff in terms of a Super Bowl run would be well worth it for Pittsburgh, because the team is on the verge of becoming irrelevant with the recent resurgence of The Bengals, the up and coming Browns and the mainstay Ravens.
New Orleans Saints –The Saints are in a somewhat precarious position, as they are -31 million OVER the cap but have a serious need for stability at the QB position. With Jameis Winston, and Andy Dalton both proving to be less than ideal options, the Saints could be looking to make a splash by acquiring Rodgers. It would be a high-risk, high-reward move for a team that is already in win-now mode. With Tom Brady being retired and the rest of the division being shaky at best — the Saint could work some salary cap magic and easily jump to the top of the division.
Carolina Panthers — The Panthers have a solid young core on both sides of the ball, but they have been held back by inconsistent play at the quarterback position. Sam Darnold has not panned out as hoped, and Baker Mayfield was shipped off to the Rams and acquiring Rodgers would give the team a proven superstar to lead them for the next 2-3 season while management figures out who to draft for the long term. The Panthers are in a much better salary cap situation than other teams in the NFC South that could be looking to possible add Rodgers. One major draw back here is do they have enough talent at Wide Receiver to fully take advantage of adding a top tier veteran like Rodgers?
NY Giants– In New York they already have the coach of the year in Brian Daboll who lead an unlikely group of over achievers into the playoffs this past season. With a considerable amount of salary cap space the New York Football Giants could make a strong play for Rodgers since Daniel Jones asking prices appears to be significantly more than the Mara family intends to pay. Having Barkley in the backfield with Rodger at the helm would elevate “Big Blue” to a whole other level and able to compete on a higher level against the Eagles who will be right back at the top of the NFC next season.
Tennessee Titans– The Titans are in the midst of a rebuild and have made some moves like releasing WR Robert Woods and LT Taylor Lewan to clear cap space. While they have a strong running game to compliment Rodgers arm via Derrick Henry and a tough defense– it’s not completely clear if they would be willing to go out and spend top dollar on acquiring better receiving options after getting the upgrade at QB. Not wanting to pay for receiving talent is what led to AJ Brown landing in Philly. And at this stage in his career Aaron will need exceptionally talented receivers– see Tom Brady in Tampa 2020 for reference.
Miami Dolphins –The Dolphins have a talented young roster, but they have been held back by inconsistent play at the quarterback position. Tua Tagovailoa has shown flashes of potential, but he has also been limited by injuries and inconsistency. Plus it is uncertain what his status will be going forward given his concussion history and how that will be used by the organization to justify NOT giving him a huge longe term deal. Acquiring Rodgers would give the Dolphins a proven superstar at the position and instantly make them a serious playoff contender. The top flight receiving corp that boast Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, River Cracraft, Cedric Wilson Jr and Mike Gesikci would be a desirable destination for the aging superstar.
There are several teams that could potentially be in the running to acquire Aaron Rodgers for the 2023 NFL season. Each team has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, and the decision to pursue Rodgers would depend on a variety of factors including salary cap space, team needs, and the overall direction of the franchise. Regardless of where he ends up, Rodgers’ future in the NFL will be one of the most closely watched storylines of the offseason.
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