Let’s rewind to April 23rd, 2020, not that long ago, but smack dab in the middle of a nation wide quarantine. On that Thursday night, about 3 weeks ago, the Green Bay Packers started a ticking-time bomb in the form of one of the most talented quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers is a former Super Bowl winning quarterback, a perennial top-5 quarterback and a first ballot Hall of Famer, but the talent that stems from the former Cal QB doesn’t come without some off the field baggage. There are plenty of stories about #12 being a dick to teammates, coaches, fans and even family members.
So what’s one way to piss off a short-tempered-already-on-the-edge-36-year-old-QB coming off of a NFC Championship loss? Draft a project QB in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
And that’s exactly what Green Bay did…
And that’s when the rumors started flying around about how much time #12 has left in Green Bay…
Fast forward to yesterday afternoon, #12 held a conference call with the media earlier today to speak for the first time since the 2020 NFL Draft and Rodgers gave birth to many quotes earlier this week.
The craziest part of this whole ordeal is that Rodgers went through almost the same identical scenario in 2005 when he was drafted to back up Brett Favre. At least it seems that #12 is going to be a better mentor than #4 was.
It looks like Rodgers was surprisingly understanding of the whole situation and the way that the NFL works, he came out today saying all the right things while still being as honest as possible. I mean he’s been around long enough to see the carnage first hand.
This last quote was tough to read because I don’t have any ill-will towards the California native, and it is cool to see a guy say that he WANTS to spend his entire career with one team. It just sucks for Aaron that he sees the light at the end of the tunnel and knows that he will end his career on another team.
So here’s my theory, Aaron Rodgers is going to leave the Green Bay Packers and finish his career some where else. I’ve gone ahead and ruled out a few teams because I think Rodgers is the petty king and still holds grudges, so with that being said, I’m going to eliminate the 49ers and Patriots. Rodgers won’t play for the team that passed on him and he doesn’t want to be close to home, I assume. Rodgers wants to leave no doubt that he is the most talented QB ever and doesn’t want a coach like Bill B. to steal his thunder.
I think Rodgers wants to stick it to the Packers and here’s how he can. Rodgers has a potential out in 2022, so let’s assume he leaves then and Jordan Love takes over the signal calling in Green Bay. Here are some scenarios that I think the petty king will get a real laugh from.
3. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have been held back mostly by the play of Kirk Cousins among other things, and Rodgers would make the Vikings legitimate Super Bowl contenders, assuming they continue to grow and develop the way they have been. I have this as my 3rd favorite scenario only because I don’t think Aaron Rodgers would like to follow in the footsteps of his former mentor, Brett Favre. This would also make Vikings fans insufferable.
2. Detroit Lions
Rodgers to the Lions is my second favorite scenario. Rodgers would transform the historically bad Lions franchise into the new hot commodity in the NFC North, and not to mention, he would make this team an instant playoff contender if they aren’t already one. It’s hard to estimate the landscape of the Detroit Lions in 2022 but assuming they continue to build around a young defensive core and give Rodgers weapons, they should be a lock for the playoffs.
1. Chicago Bears
Aaron Rodgers going to Chicago would cause one of the biggest media days in the history of sports. Chicago and Green Bay have been at each others necks since 1921 and if the Bears are able to somehow pull this off and save this damsel in distress (Aaron Rodgers), she might just pay them back with a ring or two. If Chicago adds Aaron Rodgers and one or two pieces on offense and retain some players on the defensive side of the ball the Monsters of the Midway might have a completely new meaning.
Let me know your thoughts on this conspiracy and where you think Aaron Rodgers will finish his Hall of Fame career.