OPINION: What Are the Possible Landing Spots for Aaron Rodgers Post the 2021 NFL Season?

Published 07/28/2021, 8:15 AM EDT
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 30: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before a game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on December 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


While Aaron Rodgers is back at Green Bay, his future with the Packers franchise remains uncertain. According to reports, the franchise has made several concessions to convince Aaron Rodgers to suit up for them in 2021. 

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Among these concessions include voiding the 2023 year of his current contract which would effectively make him a free agent after this season. Another caveat is the Packers not being allowed to franchise tag him at any point in the future. 

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All this hints at the quarterback moving on from Green Bay at the end of the upcoming season. But then where might Rodgers go? Which are the teams that might make a move for the quarterback? We here at EssentiallySports narrow it down to three main contenders. 

A Manning-like move for Aaron Rodgers by Denver Broncos  

The team most heavily linked with Aaron Rodgers through the course of the offseason were the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have been in dire need of a franchise quarterback ever since the retirement of Super Bowl winner Peyton Manning

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 4: Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos passes the ball for a gain of 27 yards in the first quarter. The Denver Broncos played the Minnesota Vikings at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on October 4, 2015. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

The team currently has quarterbacks Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater vying for the starting spot but none are even close to being as good as the 2020 NFL MVP. The Broncos benefitted from a similar move for Peyton Manning and one can expect them to make a serious push for a Rodgers trade if Lock and Bridgewater fail to impress. 

Las Vegas Raiders always keen on bringing in superstar talent

The Raiders franchise is always known for its eccentric moves in the market. The city of casinos and bright lights, having the opportunity to bring in a superstar like Aaron Rodgers isn’t one they’d be likely to miss.

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Sep 13, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback Derek Carr has been a consistent performer for the franchise, but he’s failed to provide the edge the offense needs to elevate them to the next level. With Aaron Rodgers in the mix though, that will certainly not be the case. 

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Aaron Rodgers could fill Drew Brees void at New Orleans Saints  

The New Orleans Saints are still in their winning window. With premier offensive talents like Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara on their roster, the side has been consistent playoff contenders over the years. 

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But with legendary QB Drew Brees now retired, the offense needs a new leader to steer the ship. Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston are the two QBs who will be taking over that role. But boy oh boy, imagine a Saints offense with Aaron Rodgers as quarterback under Head Coach Sean Payton. 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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