AARON RODGERS SAGA
BEAST DOME NATION.
A year ago around this time, I told everyone who was part of the BEAST DOME Fantasy Football Package to draft Aaron Rodgers. He ended up winning MVP, and now here we are full circle a year later as we approach the release of the Draft Guide. In my opinion, everything shifts depending on Aaron Rodgers playing or not. The Packers go from a Super Bowl Contender if Rodgers plays, to a potential Playoff team if he does not.
RODGERS HOLDS THE CARDS
Friday July 2nd, Aaron Rodgers can decide to opt-out using the COVID option that his teammate Devin Funchess used last season. Every player had the choice of using it last year or this year. By using this option, Rodgers can receive all $18+ Million to sit out the season. Then come back next year in 2022 as a Packer.
Will Rodgers do such a move? If he comes back in 2022 he will be 38 Years Old. Packers will once again have to decide to trade him or he will hold out. He can choose to retire ala Gronk and sit out a season and then comeback in 2023 at 39 Years Old. From there he can go on his Tom Brady route and ride out his career to a beautiful sunset. Though Rodgers will not throw away that money.
PACKERS GM BRIAN GUTEKUNST IS TERRIBLE
Brian has played this terribly every step along the way. From drafting Jordan Love instead of Ceedee Lamb, to dropping Kumerow after Rodgers praised him, to once again disrespecting Rodgers this offseason calling him a, “Complicated Fellow.” Cannot forget the FG against the Bucs.
Aaron Rodgers does not owe the Packers organization or the city of Green Bay anything. Rodgers has done everything possible to make the Packers a relevant Franchise over this past decade-plus, and if he wants to go somewhere else. Let him. His trade value is an All-Time high, he did just win the Most Valuable Player award.
WHAT I PREDICT HAPPENS
Packers trade him to Denver this week. If the Packers have any brains at all, they get Max Value for him and trade him now. I have very little doubt that Rodgers is going to pass up a free $18 Million to enjoy marriage and his new wife, as well as hosting Jeopardy. Rodgers will look weak at this point if he returns to the Packers after saying so many times that he is done playing for them.
The Packers can get Drew Lock, who may be better than Jordan Love. Some draft Picks, and valuable depth for the new 18 Week Season.
If the Packers do not trade Aaron Rodgers and allow him to opt-out of 2021 season. Than Brian Gutekunst has to be fired. We will see how it plays out, Friday July 2nd is the big date.