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The Packers have verbally agreed to move on from Aaron Rodgers after the 2021 season, if Rodgers requests a trade. And Rodgers’ former teammate has heard enough.
According to Will Blackmon, who played with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay from 2006-2009, Rodgers is going to the New Orleans Saints next offseason.
“Next year, Aaron Rodgers will be a New Orleans Saint,” says Blackmon, who still has a good relationship with Rodgers.
You have to love a guy who makes such a prediction without giving himself an inch of wiggle room.
On its face, Rodgers moving to the Saints make sense. The Saints have uncertainty at the position right now, have a Super Bowl-caliber roster, and Sean Payton is an ideal coach for Rodgers.
However, I doubt the Packers trade Rodgers to another NFC team.
Green Bay drafted Jordan Love in the first round two years ago. Love is expected to take over the team’s QB position whenever Aaron Rodgers calls it a day in GB. Sending Rodgers to New Orleans would make the Saints one of the favorites in the NFC, a major roadblock for the Packers.
If Rodgers were a free agent, the Saints would be a good bet. But via trade, I don’t see it.
Rodgers’ list of preferred destinations will likely expand beyond just the Saints as well. The Broncos, Dolphins, and Raiders are among the AFC teams that could make a play for Rodgers next season.
Denver remains Rodgers’ most logical next destination. The Broncos even allegedly called the Packers on draft night about a trade for Rodgers, who is reportedly intrigued to play under John Elway, the president of football operations for the Broncos.
Finally, I’m still not convinced 2021 will be Rodgers’ final season in Green Bay. Winning cures all, and the Packers are going to win this season. Green Bay is going to win a lot.
The Packers were the best team in the NFL last season, and if it weren’t for a ticky-tack DPI call in the NFC Championship Game, the Packers may have advanced to the Super Bowl. Green Bay should be just as good this season.
Reckless speculation: here’s my list of teams, in order, that Rodgers will most likely take a snap for in 2022: