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Rodgers to the Jets reminds me of Manning to the Broncos

Thoughts on the Aaron Rodgers trade from a Denver Broncos fan

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In 2012, the Denver Broncos signed Peyton Manning in a unique situation that led to an eventual Super Bowl championship.

When the Indianapolis Colts let Manning go, I remember writing a fan-shot open letter to them telling them just how big they screwed up.

You do NOT let go of franchise QBs / legends.

Here comes history back from the dead to teach this lesson once again. This time, it is going to be the Green Bay Packers who will learn.

Don’t get me wrong...these scenarios are not an apples-to-apples comparison. The Packers and Rodgers have been at odds in some way for a few years now. Rodgers is an older QB who should be retiring any moment now.

Aaron Rodgers has been The Green Bay Packers for 2 decades. I can’t help but think karma is on its way to Wisconsin as we speak.

And yet, here come the New York Jets swinging for the fences on a blockbuster trade.

As someone who went on this journey with Peyton Manning and as a fan of NFL football, I just want to wish the New York Jets the best of luck in the next couple of seasons (unless you are playing the Broncos, of course).

Broncos News:

Draft Stories: Shannon Sharpe relives his draft day
Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe shares his draft story.

Mile High Morning: The best draft steals in Broncos history
During their history, the Broncos have found a pair of Hall of Famers and five total Ring of Famers in the sixth round of the draft or later.

The Broncos say they'll pick the "best player" available ... in this draft, what could that mean?
"We’re going to take the best player," George Paton said April 20. So, what could that mean? Mase took a shot with ESPN's draft simulator.

Report: Broncos considering facility renovation — or new facility altogether
It’s not just the name on the Broncos’ training facility that could be about to change. The facility itself could be headed for a makeover — or a replacement.

Other NFL News:

QB Aaron Rodgers pens heartfelt goodbye to Packers, city of Green Bay before joining Jets
One day after the long-anticipated news of his trade to the Jets finally came out, quarterback Aaron Rodgers penned a heartfelt thank-you to the Packers and their fans, ending his Instagram post by writing "This is not the end for us, I will see you again

Panthers head coach Frank Reich: 'There is consensus' for No. 1 overall pick
The No. 1 overall pick appears to be in. Panthers head coach Frank Reich told reporters on Tuesday the team has "consensus" on who they will take to kick off the 2023 NFL Draft on Thursday night.

Winners/losers from blockbuster QB deal between Packers and Jets
Who is riding high after the Green Bay Packers officially agreed to trade Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets? And who's worse off? Judy Battista breaks down winners and losers following a long-awaited move.

Jets GM defends cost of 'historic' Aaron Rodgers trade
Jets general manager Joe Douglas on Tuesday defended the compensation package sent to the Packers for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Vikings pick up 5th-year option for star WR Justin Jefferson
The Vikings have picked up the fifth-year option for star wide receiver Justin Jefferson.

NFL selects Jeffrey Mishkin for Cardinals arbitration
Jeffrey Mishkin, the former chief legal officer for the NBA, will "serve as the hearing officer" in the dispute.

Aaron Rodgers trade: How Jets, Packers finalized the blockbuster deal
New York had to get a deal done, and it’ll be more than worth the hefty price tag if the QB’s second act pans out.