NFL Rumors: Aaron Rodgers Hints At Trade To The Denver Broncos

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Ernesto Cova

Aaron Rodgers' future holds plenty of question marks once again. He's left the door open for retirement, coming back to the Green Bay Packers, or pursuing a new challenge somewhere else.

Per most insiders, Rodgers' tenure at Lambeau Field has come to an end. He and the organization would be wise to part ways and figure out the best deal for each other.

Notably, the Denver Broncos would be more than thrilled to snatch him and are one of the few teams with enough assets to actually pull it off.

Rodgers On Joining The Broncos: 'We'll See'

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Moreover, it seems like the legendary QB is actually considering making a move to Mile High. Per ClutchPoints, he even gave Broncos fans some hope of a potential trade:

"While participating in the Phoenix Waste Management Open golf tournament on Wednesday, Broncos fans were recruiting Rodgers to Denver ahead of one of his drives, and in a surprising move, Rodgers acknowledged them with a somewhat cryptic response: Ahead of Rodgers' tee shot, Broncos fans in the crowd could be heard shouting 'Come to Denver!' in the direction of the veteran quarterback. Surprisingly, Rodgers played into their recruitment pitches, responding with a simple message: 'We’ll see.'"

The Broncos Need A QB

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It's clear that neither Teddy Bridgewater nor Drew Lock are starting-caliber QBs. They can both be solid backups and maybe win a couple of games every now and then, but their roster is built to pursue a Super Bowl right now.

Rodgers is one of the greatest passers in the history of the league and, even in one of the toughest divisions in the league, his presence behind center would make them one of the clear-cut favorites to win it all.

What Can Denver Offer?

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According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, the Broncos would need to make a huge offer for the Packers to agree to let Rodgers go. It would look something like this:

Broncos get: QB Aaron Rodgers, 2022 seventh-round pick, 2023 fourth-round pick.

Packers get: 2022 first-round pick (13th overall), 2023 first-round pick, 2024 first-round pick, 2022 second-round pick, 2022 second-round pick (from Rams), QB Drew Lock, TE Albert Okwuebunam, WR K.J. Hamler.

That way, the Packers would get plenty of draft arsenal, a young QB to push Jordan Love, and the Broncos would at least get some late-round picks in return as well.

Packers Must Move On

Jordan Love
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This is a tough pill to swallow, but the Packers need to move on and get a fresh start as well. They can't handle this uncertainty every offseason and would be wise to let some of their big-name players go to properly rebuild.

This team has fallen short of the goal year in and year out and the Broncos' deal would give them enough young assets to straighten the ship and be back stronger than ever in a couple of years. It's been a helluva ride, but it's time to let him go.

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