Where Will Aaron Rodgers Play in 2022? – Betting on the Quarterback’s NFL Future
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers suffered another disappointing end to the season. Despite winning 10+ games in eight of the last 11 seasons, the Packers haven’t qualified for the Super Bowl.
For the second straight offseason, the Packers franchise will hinge on Rodgers. Rodgers reportedly wanted out last offseason, but he returned after the Packers restructured his contract. Now, we’re likely heading for a similar situation.
There are multiple options for Rodgers in 2022. Let’s see how the odds view his 2022 status.
Will Aaron Rodgers Retire Before Week 1 2022?
The odds are heavily favoring Aaron Rodgers to stick around for another season. There’s no reason for Rodgers to hang it up from a playing standpoint. He won MVP in 2020 after passing for 4,299 yards, 48 touchdowns, and five interceptions.
Throughout the 2021 season, Rodgers was playing at a high level, but he wasn’t receiving much attention in the MVP race. Then came this stellar stretch to end the season.
Rodgers didn’t throw an interception in that stretch and had one game with a completion percentage under 69. The Green Bay Packers Week 11 game against the Minnesota Vikings was one of the best NFL games of the 2021 season.
That closing stretch made Rodgers the overwhelming favorite to win his second straight MVP. He might be 38 years old, but there’s no denying Rodgers is playing the best football of his career. Will Rodgers retire at the top of his game?
Now this potential retirement wouldn’t come out of nowhere. Towards the end of the regular season, Rodgers had this to say.
Aaron Rodgers is not ruling out retiring after this season: "I'm just enjoying this season for this season, and playing next year will definitely be in the thought process." He says it's important for him to "not be a bum" on his way out, but play at high level. He's doing that.— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) December 29, 2021
Last summer, there were rumors about Rodgers retiring instead of playing for Green Bay, but obviously, that never came to fruition. It’d be tough to watch one of the best quarterbacks in the game retire at the top of his game.
Ultimately, it’d surprise me if Rodgers retired following the 2021 season. He has plenty left in the tank, and there’s no reason to believe he can’t make another Super Bowl run. When will Rodgers retire is something to think about?
Of course, the big question is will Rodgers return to the Packers for the 2022 season. Let’s check out the odds for that one.
Will Aaron Rogers Be on the Packers in Week 1 2022?
It’s very interesting to see the top NFL betting sites favor Aaron Rodgers to leave the Green Bay Packers. Last offseason, I would’ve said this was an easy decision and Rodgers wouldn’t return for 2022.
Remember last offseason when Rodgers and Davante Adams posted identical pictures insinuating this would be the “Last Dance?”
Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams have the same Instagram story up right now. pic.twitter.com/hDLE02V7fk— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) July 24, 2021
That was a nod to ESPN’s documentary on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls quest for a championship in the 1997-98 season. Rodgers and Adams couldn’t replicate that, so how will that affect their 2022 status?
There’s a strong chance Adams’ decision could affect Rodgers. The two have been the best QB-WR duo for the last two or three years. Adams has cleared 110 receptions and 1,300 yards in three of his last four seasons. He also had 10+ touchdowns in five of his last six seasons.
I can’t imagine the Packers let Adams leave this offseason. They failed to reach a deal last offseason, but they’ll at least franchise tag the All-Pro wide receiver.
That shifts the ball into the Packers court. If they feel like Rodgers doesn’t want to play for them long-term, they should trade him for a big package. It would hurt to lose Rodgers, but it’s better than getting nothing. It would also allow them to clear Rodgers’ contract.
Green Bay could start the Jordan Love era. Love is nowhere near Rodgers’ level, but he gives the Packers a cheaper option. Plus, they need to find out if he is their long-term option.
Where Will Aaron Rodgers Play in Week 1 2022, if Not With the Packers?
The Green Bay Packers are hoping their success in 2021 was enough to convince Aaron Rodgers to stick around for another year. If not, Rodgers will have a plethora of suitors. Let’s talk about a few teams that could land Rodgers.
Denver Broncos (+200)
The Denver Broncos franchise features two of the best quarterbacks in NFL history in John Elway and Peyton Manning. Since Manning’s retirement in 2016, the Broncos haven’t been able to find a stable option.
They’ve used 10 quarterbacks over the last six years, and it doesn’t appear they have a long-term answer on their roster. Can Rodgers be the answer?
Last offseason, Denver was a popular trade target rumor for Rodgers and Deshaun Watson. They ultimately settled for Teddy Bridgewater, but that didn’t work out.
Most people view the Broncos as a team that is a quarterback away from being serious contenders. They went 7-10 last season, despite having an offense that ranked outside the top 20 in scoring. Their defense is what should attract Rodgers.
- Points Per Game: 18.9 (3rd)
- Yards Per Game: 326.1 (8th)
That defense would help take some of the pressure off Rodgers. Denver has solid pass catchers with Jerry Jeudy, Cortland Sutton, Tim Patrick, and Noah Fant. We haven’t seen any of them breakout, but a great quarterback could unlock their potential.
We can’t forget about the Broncos backfield. Javonte Williams split carries with Melvin Gordon, but everyone knows his potential. He could take control of the Broncos backfield if Melvin Gordon leaves in free agency.
Fans might be rooting for the Broncos to land Rodgers because we would have two games a season with Rodgers vs. Patrick Mahomes. That’s a win for everyone.
Pittsburgh Steelers (+350)
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in a similar situation to the Green Bay Packers. Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t officially announced his retirement, but it would surprise everyone if he returned for another season.
Mason Rudolph is the favorite to start for the Steelers in 2022, but is he the long-term answer for Pittsburgh? If not, the Steelers will likely examine the trade market. We’ve established that Aaron Rodgers is the best trade option.
Pittsburgh has plenty of weapons on offense with Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, and Pat Freiermuth. We also can’t forget about Najee Harris. Check out his numbers from his rookie season.
- 307 carries
- 1,200 rushing yards
- 7 rushing touchdowns
- 74 receptions
- 467 receiving yards
- 3 receiving touchdowns
His dual-threat ability makes him an intriguing option for Rodgers. He has the receiving ability of Aaron Jones and the power of AJ Dillon. There’s no doubt Rodgers would love to have someone like that.
From Pittsburgh’s standpoint, adding Rodgers would also take some pressure off Harris. We’re seeing running backs have shorter and shorter careers, so the Steelers should cut back Harris’ workload.
The biggest drawback of the Steelers’ ability to land Rodgers is their offensive line. According to Pro Football Focus, the Steelers offensive line was the seventh-worst in 2021. That’s not ideal for someone like Rodgers.
If the Steelers are serious about acquiring Rodgers, they might want to bring in a few offensive linemen.
New Orleans Saints (+1400)
The New Orleans Saints present an intriguing option for Aaron Rodgers. New Orleans had one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history for the last 15 years, but Drew Brees’ retirement left an opening.
Jameis Winston started for the Saints last season and put up solid numbers. He didn’t have a lot of passing yards, but he threw 14 touchdowns to three interceptions. Unfortunately, his season ended in Week 8 after tearing his ACL.
On paper, the Saints have one of the best teams in the league. Alvin Kamara might be the best dual-threat running back in the league, and the Saints’ offensive line is one of the best at full strength.
Michael Thomas missed most of the 2020 season and all of 2021, but we can’t forget about his record-setting 2019.
- 149 receptions
- 1,725 yards
- 9 touchdowns
Thomas could give Rodgers another version of Davante Adams. I’m not sure there would be a better three-headed monster than Rodgers, Kamara, and Thomas. Tom Brady’s impending retirement would make the Saints clear favorites in the NFC South.
New Orleans’ defense has ranked top 10 in yards and scoring in the last two seasons. That would take even more pressure off Rodgers as he pursues a Super Bowl.
We should take note of Rodgers’ contract because the Saints are $71 million over the cap.
New York Giants (+1600)
Could the New York Giants be a surprise contender to land Aaron Rodgers? The Giants need something to turn their franchise around. They’ve only made the playoffs since winning the Super Bowl in 2012.
Daniel Jones remains the starting quarterback, but you won’t find many people that will take him over Rodgers.
New York’s offense has some pieces with Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay, and Kadarius Toney. However, their offensive line has been terrible for years. They’d like to upgrade that in the draft, but they’d have to trade their picks to acquire Rodgers.
A big issue for Rodgers to the Giants is their state. Right now, the Giants aren’t playoff contenders. Rodgers would likely elevate them, but they still have a lot of holes. Recently, Rodgers had this to say about his future.
Rodgers on whether this team is still set up to win a Super Bowl with all the pending free agents and salary-cap issues, he said:— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) January 23, 2022
"That's a fair question — definitely one I've thought about."
He added: "I don't want to be a part of a rebuild if I'm going to keep playing." https://t.co/QGaoaVRI8S
It’ll be a tough sell for Rodgers to join the Giants. From the Packers’ standpoint, it’s a great move because it would net them two top 10 picks. That would allow them to build around Jordan Love.
One thing I will say about Rodgers going to the Giants is there isn’t much competition in the NFC East. The Dallas Cowboys should be playoff contenders, but the other two teams have question marks.
New York doesn’t have a head coach, but it sounds like Brian Daboll is the favorite. Daboll led a Buffalo Bills offense that ranked top five in 2020 and 2021. The Giants hiring him could entice Rodgers to head to the Big Apple.
Betting on Aaron Rodgers’ Future
Aaron Rodgers’ future will undoubtedly be the talk of the offseason. His next move could have a domino effect on the 2022 NFL season. If he returns to the Green Bay Packers, there’s no reason to believe they won’t be a Super Bowl contender.
If the Packers trade Rodgers, there’s a strong chance his new team will at least be a playoff contender. It’s going to be an intriguing storyline to follow, especially in Green Bay. Will Rodgers retire is another storyline.
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