Aaron Rodgers has a wish list of three NFL teams to be traded to as he tries to leave the Packers. But which landing spot is the best for the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback?
Just hours before the 2021 NFL Draft got underway, a bombshell rocked the NFL world. After two-straight NFC Championship Game appearances, reports surfaced that reigning NFL MVP, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, no longer wants to play with the Green Bay Packers. In fact, he expressed that he doesn’t plan on returning to the franchise, thus necessitating a possible trade.
Retirement is certainly an option for the former first-round pick at quarterback, especially given his recently successful run as the guest host of Jeopardy! However, considering how well he played in the 2020 season, it would make the most sense if the one-time Super Bowl champion goes to another team to try and win another ring — and, hopefully, be treated right by the franchise, something Green Bay has obviously failed to accomplish.
Interestingly enough, though, Rodgers reportedly has a wish list of teams he would like the Packers to trade him to. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Aaron Rodgers has a desire to play for the following three teams: the Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, and San Francisco 49ers.
Clearly wanting to be on the west coast, there’s no guarantee that, if the Packers trade the quarterback, that it is to one of those three franchises. But looking solely at that trio, how do they stack up to one another with how they’d fare with Rodgers? Lets’ rank the three teams on Aaron Rodgers’ wish list.
3. Aaron Rodgers would help but not entirely fix the Las Vegas Raiders
Whenever Jon Gruden (and a couple of seasons later Mike Mayock) came to the Las Vegas Raiders, the expectations that came with him were immense. As a former Super Bowl champion and with a roster that could be molded in any image, the hope was that he could work it into a great one.
That hasn’t completely happened, though. In fact, many instances of Gruden’s tenure with the Raiders have been more frustrating than anything else. But while there were times early on when Derek Carr was considered to be a big part of the issue, that hasn’t looked to be the case in recent years.
Carr has been playing the best football of his career over the past couple of seasons. However, it would be foolish to suggest that Rodgers wouldn’t be an upgrade there. You’re talking about replacing an above-average quarterback with one of the best. The question is how much of a difference that would make.
To me, the answer to that is not enough. We have not seen any evidence that Mayock and Gruden can construct a successful defensive unit and the offensive line is in question after they dismantled that group in the offseason. Thus, while Rodgers would make the Raiders better, his plight for another ring would still fall short with Las Vegas.