ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler appeared on Sportscenter on Sunday morning and had some interesting news on the Aaron Rodgers situation. He said that Rodgers “is dug in” on his trade request and that the Broncos are a team “buzzing” in league circles as a landing spot for the future Hall Of Famer.
“The Packers are still actively looking for solutions here; they’re trying to keep an open line of communication with Aaron Rodgers and his agent, Dave Dunn. So, no traction in the short term. But many people around the league believe Aaron Rodgers is indeed ‘dug in,’ and there’s a belief by some that he wants to be out West. Denver is a team that’s buzzing in league circles. I was told by a source that Denver is ‘monitoring’ that situation right now. But they’re also coming out of the draft days, and they’re in the team-building mode. They really like Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater, so they’re not committed or tied to anything. Talking to people around the league, they say about 60-40 they think that Rodgers is dealt.”
As Fowler said, via The Bleacher Report, the Broncos are monitoring this situation right now, but are happy with their current quarterback situation if nothing comes from this situation. He continued by saying that people around the league believe right now that there is a 60/40 chance that Rodgers is dealt in the coming weeks and months. The Broncos continue to be the odds-on favorite to land Rodgers if a trade does go down according to the Draft Kings Sports Book.
The Broncos’ odds of landing Aaron Rodgers continue to get better as they are now at +150, per @DKSportsbook.— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) May 7, 2021
Next closest (outside of GB) is SF at +800.
This situation is far from reaching a resolution. The June 2nd date continues to be a date to watch as Rodgers dead cap gets split in half and is more “reasonable” for the Packers to trade-off. Also, conspiracy theorists like myself are keeping a close eye on the Broncos schedule release. If the powers that be within the league feel like the Broncos will inevitably land Rodgers, we could see them with a few more primetime games than expected. Let's face it, quarterbacks sell, and Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater are not big draws. However, adding Rodgers to this seem brings warranted Super Bowl hype and the Broncos would receive the max amount of primetime games as we did with Peyton Manning. So that’s a lowkey situation to watch this Wednesday.
In the end, the smoke in this situation keeps getting thicker and thicker. If Rodgers is as dug in as multiple reports have indicated, a trade to the Broncos seems almost inevitable at this point. The Broncos make too much sense for Rodgers. The roster is really a quarterback away, it’s deep at weapons, and has a defensive-minded Head Coach, and loaded defense to help carry this team deep into the postseason. Also, I think George Paton would give Rodgers the power he wants, much like Elway did with Peyton Manning. Add in the off-the-field stuff like Rodgers wanting to be out west and his soon-to-be wife already reportedly owning a home in Colorado and it just makes too much sense.
We’ll see how this all plays out, but currently, it’s hard not to be excited about this if you are a Broncos fan. Landing the reigning MVP, a future Hall Of Famer, and entering the Super Bowl conversation again would be a helluva a lot of fun.