Another year, another disappointing end to the season for the Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers. After the latest defeat, is it finally time for the team and future Hall of Fame quarterback to part ways? Here are our picks for Aaron Rodgers' next team, based on the available NFL odds.
It sure looked like Aaron Rodgers played his last home game at Lambeau Field when he walked off the field with old friend Randall Cobb after a Week 18 loss to the Detroit Lions eliminated the Green Bay Packers from playoff contention.
Rodgers' last three seasons have ended with a solemn walk into the Wisconsin night. The Packers lost a home NFC Championship Game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020, were the top seed in 2021 and were upset by the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round, and were knocked off by the upstart Lions with a wild-card spot on the line.
Perhaps it's time for a different approach. Should the Packers turn the keys over to 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love? Will Rodgers start fresh in his age-40 season?
Here are our top picks for Aaron Rodgers' next team (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook; pick confidence is based on a 1-to-5-star rating).
Aaron Rodgers Next Team Odds
Aaron Rodgers Next Team Picks
Green Bay Packers (-125) ⭐⭐⭐
The reality remains Rodgers is still under contract with the Packers after signing a three-year extension with the team in 2022. So if Rodgers intends to play into his 40s, Green Bay remains the likeliest of destinations.
The 18-year veteran has said in the past that he does not intend to hang on into his mid-40s like fellow veteran quarterback Tom Brady, and it's also not ideal to start over with a new team and new systems at the age of 40.
Therefore, if the team and player can come to an understanding about the expectations for the 2023 season, Green Bay is still the favorite for Rodgers' services.
However, this is merely a three-star play as there remain a multitude of hangups for both parties.
If Rodgers remains a Cheesehead, the Packers will likely have to deal Love, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is likely itching to start.
Rodgers recently expressed on The Pat McAfee Show that he wants no part of a rebuild, so the Pack would have to retain a number of expensive veterans - and Rodgers' favorites such as Cobb and tight end Marcedes Lewis - just to keep the temperamental quarterback happy. Running it back with an aging 8-9 roster may not be the wish of the front office.
If both sides can't clear these hurdles, it could set the stage for a trade or an outright divorce.
New York Jets (+750) ⭐⭐
The Las Vegas Raiders have the next shortest odds to be Rodgers' next destination and it's easy to see why. It would mean a reunion with All-Pro wideout Davante Adams after just one year apart, and the Raiders have already separated from quarterback Derek Carr, making clear their intentions to be part of the free-agent market. But we've already laid out the case for why it's a better fit for Brady.
The next best bet is on the New York Jets, and how juicy would that be after former Packers legend Brett Favre joined the Jets in 2008 after years of retirement speculation in his final seasons in Green Bay.
The Jets have also expressed their desire to be aggressive in the quarterback market in order to bring aboard a veteran to challenge Zach Wilson. Although, a disappointing sophomore versus a four-time MVP wouldn't be much of a competition.
The Jets offer a roster with young weapons such as receivers Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore, running back Breece Hall, and a top-five defense. New York's in search of a new offensive coordinator and reportedly interviewed Nathaniel Hackett, who served as OC of Rodgers' Packers from 2019 to 2021.
Rodgers said on The Pat McAfee Show that he believes he can still play at a high level and that he can "win MVP again" in the right situation.
"The right situation, is that Green Bay or is that somewhere else? I'm not sure," he said.
If Rodgers would prefer a fresh start, the Jets are clearing the runway for his arrival.
Aaron Rodgers next team picks made 1/23/2022 at 12:12 p.m. ET.
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