The NFL training camp is fast approaching and the start of the new season is on the horizon. However, there are still some teams that have no idea what their roster is gonna be like in 2021. A prime example is Green Bay.
The 2021 season could be the first one with the Packers not having Aaron Rodgers to lead their offense in 15 seasons.
The story goes is that the last season’s MVP wants out at any cost. Money is no issue for the 37-year-old, which has become clear after a story surfaced of him declining a super-lucrative two year-extension.
If he said yes to the new deal, he’d become the highest-paid player in the NFL. Rodgers would be getting more than $45 million a year, which is the current record hold by the Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes.
What the Future Holds for Rodgers?
It’s no secret that Aaron Rodgers has a beef with the Packers’ management. However, it’s also evident that they don’t want to let their best player go. At least not without a big compensation.
The Packers will certainly play hardball in trade talks, possibly even going as far as to let the QB sit out a big chunk of the season.
Still, oddsmakers believe that the most likely scenario is that Rodgers is going to play for the Packers in 2021. The only question is how long – the entire season or until a trade deal is made?
The odds on him being their starting QB in Week 1’s game against the New Orleans Saints are as short as -120.
The question is if a trade deal is going to be made, which team will be Rodgers’ next destination? Rumor has it that it’s going to be the Denver Broncos.
A Denver Broncos insider, Benjamin Allbright, has recently talked about the team’s desire to bring the three-time MVP to Colorado. Online bookmakers seem to share his opinion, giving +200 on the Broncos to be Rodgers’ team in 2021.
Jordan Love to Step In as Rodgers’ Replacement?
The most likely scenario is that Rodger’s trade will not happen before the start of the 2021 season. What this means is that he’ll probably be the one to lead the Packers’ offense in the first couple of weeks.
However, if he ends up moving, the Packers would have to act fast to bring in a suitable replacement. Obviously, such a thing isn’t going to be easy, meaning that Rodgers’ backup, Jordan Love might get his chance.
Although he’s never played a single NFL game, the 2020 Draft pick appears to be in the Packers management good books. In fact, a year ago, they went far and beyond to get the youngster.
Although they weren’t in a need of an additional quarterback, the Packers decided to trade up with three teams (the Seahawks, Titans, and Ravens).
That decision added fuel to the Rodgers problem. As admitted by the QB himself, Rodgers felt angry with the GM Brian Gutekunst for not being informed about their plans.
“With my situation, look, it’s never been about the draft pick, picking Jordan… I love Jordan; he’s a great kid… It’s just kind of about a philosophy and maybe forgetting that it is about the people that make the thing go… It’s about doing things the right way,”Rodgers said in May
Regardless of who gets the role of the starting QB, the Packers are favored to win their first game of the new season. They’re also the #1 favorite for winning the NFC North at -120.
The Packers are also among the strongest candidates for winning the conference, with their odds being somewhere around +900. The odds on the Packers winning their fifth Super Bowl in history are +1200.
When it comes to Aaron Rodgers’ odds, online bookmakers are giving +800 on the reigning regular-season MVP to keep the title in his possession.