The Denver Broncos were in play for Aaron Rodgers last season when the Green Bay Packers QB wanted out of Green Bay. Should he still want out, they will undoubtedly be in play this year as well.
This situation is so intriguing, that it is attracting sports betting interest in Colorado. According to the odds at DraftKings Colorado, the Broncos have a shot. In fact, they have the shortest odds (+350) of any team other than the Packers. The next four teams listed are the San Francisco 49ers (+800), the Indianapolis Colts (+1000), the Pittsburgh Steelers (+1200), and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1400).
With odds of -280, the Packers are the favorites, and they appear to be trying hard to hold onto their superstar quarterback by hiring a coach who helped mold Rodgers early in his career.
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Why Aaron Rodgers To The Broncos Makes Sense
It is not hard to understand why the Broncos would want Rodgers. He is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL. Adding a player of his caliber to the roster could make any team competitive.
Add him to the right team, and it could become a legitimate Super Bowl contender. The Broncos could be just such a team.
The offense is flush with talent. Noah Fant is one of the better up-and-coming tight ends. The running back tandem of Melvin Gordon III and Javonte Williams are a formidable duo. Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, and Tim Patrick are a wide receiver trio any quarterback would love to throw to.
If one of them happens to go down, KJ Hamler and DaeSean Hamilton are waiting in the wings for the opportunity to prove how talented they are. As for the defense, it ranked No. 3 in the league last season in scoring, allowing 18.9 points a game. It would help if the defense were better at stopping the run and rushing the quarterback. However, a defense that allows fewer than 20-points a game is one every team would take.
So, why does Aaron Rodgers to the Broncos make sense?
If he leaves Green Bay, he wants to go somewhere he can win. The pieces are all there in Denver. The Broncos have a stellar defense, his former offensive coordinator is now the head coach, and Denver has all the right pieces on offense but one — the right quarterback.
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But Can The Broncos Get Him?
The Broncos have the means to make the kind of offer the Packers can’t refuse without hurting the team’s ability to compete. With 11 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Broncos have plenty of draft capital to work with.
Of course, Green Bay will likely only entertain offers with multiple first-round picks. John Elway reportedly told friends he would be willing to part with two first-round picks for Rodgers, but now that he is the Broncos’ President of Football Operations rather than the General Manager, he doesn’t make that call anymore.
If the Broncos need to use some of their current players in the trade, they can use the $39.2 million in cap space to fill any roster holes.
The hard part about acquiring Rodgers will not be making an acceptable offer to the Packers. Nor will it be any contending offers supposedly on the table. It will be Packers GM Brian Gutekunst.
If Gutekunst does not want to let Rodgers go, he doesn’t have to. Rodgers is still under contract. Should he say he wants out, the Packers could say no. Of course, if they did, it would not be shocking to see Rodgers retire.
However, if Rodgers retires, then no one wins.
Should Rodgers still want out, the Packers can best serve the team’s interests by letting him go — to the highest bidder, of course. If the Broncos are as serious about acquiring Rodgers as news reports make it seem, it would not be shocking if Denver makes the best offer.