Odds on Aaron Rodgers’ Crew for 2021 NFL Season
Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers seems to throw through the first half of an NFL soccer sport in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, on this Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, file photograph. Rogers was chosen Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, for The Related Press NFL All-Professional Crew. (AP Picture/Michael Conroy, File)
- The Rodgers-Packers scenario has been on a gradual burn for a very long time
- This relationship soured across the time the Packers drafted Jordan Love final 12 months
- We study which groups could be finest touchdown spot for the reigning MVP
Inexperienced Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is coming off the third MVP season of his profession, however his relationship with the Packers has soured a lot that the 2011 Tremendous Bowl champion is attempting to pressure his approach out.
The unhealthy blood goes again to the 2020 NFL Draft when the Packers took Utah State quarterback Jordan Love No. 26 total, blindsiding Rodgers. Even at 37, Rodgers doesn’t appear to be shedding an edge, however some don’t blame the Packers for placing a transition plan in place.
It didn’t assist Rodgers’ relationship with the staff when coach Matt LaFleur elected to kick a 26-yard area purpose on fourth down in final 12 months’s NFC Championship Recreation relatively than going for it and doubtlessly tying the sport with Tampa, doubtlessly robbing Rodgers of a second probability at a Tremendous Bowl title.
Sportsbooks have now launched odds on the place Rodgers will play in Week 1 of the upcoming NFL season.
Odds on Aaron Rodgers Crew in Week 1 of 2021 NFL Season
|Inexperienced Bay Packers||-125|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+500|
|New Orleans Saints||+900|
|San Francisco 49ers||+1600|
|New England Patriots||+2000|
|New York Giants||+4000|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+10000|
|Los Angeles Rams||+10000|
|New York Jets||+10000|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+10000|
|Kansas Metropolis Chiefs||+15000|
Odds from DraftKings on Might 3 (accessible solely in Colorado and W. Virginia).
The Packers (-125) stay the favourite to retain Rodgers. However the Denver Broncos (+200) have surfaced as a potential touchdown spot and their Tremendous Bowl odds improved from +6000 to +2000 nearly immediately.
Why Denver Makes Sense
Regardless of buying Teddy Bridgewater already this offseason, the Broncos are nonetheless out there for a brand new quarterback. There’s little proof to counsel that Bridgewater or Drew Lock are prepared for prime time.
The Broncos acquired Bridgewater in a commerce from the Carolina Panthers and new Broncos GM George Paton has steered that Bridgewater will present competitors with Lock, though it’s clear that Lock could be expendable if Rodgers is acquired.
Rodgers would need a forged of excellent receivers and the Broncos can present that in Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Ok.J. Hamler, and Noah Fant. However maybe the primary purpose this deal is smart is that the Packers could be sending Rodgers out of the NFC and away from the Packers.
Rodgers is below contract via the tip of the 2023 season after signing a four-year, $134 million extension in August 2018, when he had two years left on his present deal. Rodgers carries a $37.2 million cap hit for 2021. However the Packers may transfer on from him after the 2021 season and save roughly $22 million in cap room in 2022.
As of now, Rodgers carries a lifeless cap worth of $38,356,000. The Broncos are among the many league leaders in cap room ($23 million) with an NFL wage cap of $182.5 million.
Atlanta (+6600) is among the many fascinating longshots as a result of it could appear to suit Rodgers’ character that he would wish to go to a staff that has by no means gained a Tremendous Bowl. In that approach, he would earn extra favorable comparisons to Tom Brady, who left a perennial champion to take an also-ran to the Tremendous Bowl within the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Matt LaFleur informed Kyle Shanahan he was ‘losing his time’ asking about Aaron Rodgers. 👀 pic.twitter.com/UnlzVyFz5J
— theScore (@theScore) Might 3, 2021
Rodgers has apparently expressed curiosity within the 49ers (+1600) however they don’t look like a very good match as a result of they simply drafted quarterback Trey Lance with the No. 3 total choose.
On Sunday morning, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler stated on SportsCenter that Rodgers is within the Raiders and that they might be a staff to look at. With Derek Carr because the incumbent, most would agree that the Raiders are in higher form at QB than Denver, however Rodgers would nonetheless signify an enormous improve.
.@MarcellusWiley isn’t shopping for that Aaron Rodgers would really retire.
“That is an empty menace.” pic.twitter.com/KjUdDedR0z
— Communicate For Your self (@SFY) Might 3, 2021
What leverage does Rodgers have? His hardline methods would possibly contain not exhibiting up for offseason actions or holding out of coaching camp, and presumably retirement.
In the long run, essentially the most determined staff for Rodgers’ providers could be the Packers, themselves. Rodgers nonetheless has elite receivers at his disposal, together with Davante Adams, and the Pack are actually not able to have Jordan Like to take over as No. 1.
Curtis has been a sports activities author for greater than 40 years, contributing to the Toronto Star, New York Occasions, Washington Put up, Wall Road Journal, the Guardian and Forbes. He has lined the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, PGA, ATP and WTA. Curtis resides in Toronto.