Aaron Rodgers will reportedly become a free agent after 2021, which means the sweepstakes to sign him is already starting.
Where will Aaron Rodgers play?
It’s a question we’ve been asking ourselves since the MVP demanded a trade back in April. The purpose of the request was likely to humiliate his team as publically as possible, but it was also a culmination of a decades-worth of false starts and unfulfilled potential.
Rodgers and the Packers should have ignited a dynastical run that would have made Brett Favre blush. Instead, they went to exactly one Super Bowl, lost the four NFC Championship Games, and will go down as one of the biggest What-Ifs in football history.
Part of the what-if-ism will be answered next offseason. As part of a reworked deal to get Rodgers to play for the Packers in 2021, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent in 2022 and take his talents elsewhere.
We’ll finally get to see what Rodgers looks like with a franchise willing to spend on talent to get him to the Super Bowl. But the first part of the equation is figuring out what franchise that will be?
Aaron Rodgers rumors: 5 teams that should get ready to sign him in 2022
5. New England Patriots
This one writes itself.
Two years removed from losing Tom Brady, the Patriots get their chance to exact revenge and send Bill Belichick out on top. While so much talk was made of Brady winning outside the Patriot’s system, the combination of Belichick and Rodgers is juicier than the finest steak money can buy.
For as much as everyone outside of New England hated it, Brady leaving the Patriots after an AFC Wild Card loss was a pretty anticlimactic and unsatisfying ending to the greatest dynasty in football history.
Rodgers provides a chance for epic closure. Belichick can ride off into the sunset with one more ring — officially one more than Brady, if he fails to win again in Tampa Bay. Patriots fans will have one more hurrah before the inevitable Dark Times, and the dynasty that defined a generation of football will get the glitzy storybook conclusion.
Also, if you think Mac Jones is standing between the Patriots and Rodgers, you probably work for the Packers.