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Aaron Rodgers reportedly wants 2 Packers teammates with him next season

Aaron Rodgers after a play

Like most quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers has his favorite wide receivers. Rodgers likes his so much, he reportedly wants to make sure two of them are with him next season, no matter where he plays.

Rodgers has made it clear to those close to him that he wants Packers wide receivers Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling to play with him next year, be it in Green Bay or elsewhere, according to Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network. Both Adams and Valdes-Scantling are poised to become unrestricted free agents this offseason.

Rodgers wanting to tie his future to Adams would not be a surprise. Adams has been Green Bay’s leading receiver for five consecutive seasons and has emerged as one of the best in the game. In 2021, Rodgers targeted him 169 times, over twice as many targets as the next-highest target on the team.

Valdes-Scantling would be a bit more surprising. The 27-year-old caught a modest 26 passes last season, though he did come away with three touchdowns. Rodgers has been a vocal defender of him in the past, so the two clearly have a strong relationship.

With the uncertainty surrounding Rodgers’ future, people will likely keep an eye on Adams in particular as a potential indicator of the quarterback’s intentions. That is especially true with the franchise tag looking like the only real way the Packers can hold on to Adams. There has already been chatter about the two looking to team up together on an AFC squad next season.

Photo: Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Eli Manning has advice for Aaron Rodgers amid uncertain future

Eli Manning in a coat and tie

Aaron Rodgers is at a crossroads with his NFL future, and he is getting some advice from a quarterback who has been in his shoes before.

Retired ex-New York Giants star Eli Manning spoke this week to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky and gave his thoughts on Rodgers’ situation in Green Bay.

“It was important for me to finish my career with the Giants,” said Manning. “I would think it would be important for [Rodgers] as well, just because of the legacy that he has, the history of Green Bay, being there as long as he has been, winning a championship and winning MVPs.

“It’s not always greener on the other side,” Manning added. “That’s what I had learned from talking to other people. You can go somewhere, and it’s not necessarily going to be better. It’s probably going to be worse.”

In Demovsky’s piece, Manning offers more thoughts on Rodgers’ future, as do other retired quarterbacks like Rich Gannon and Matt Hasselbeck. You can read the full piece here.

Maning spent his entire 16-year NFL career with the Giants. That included some rough years at the end, especially the Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur eras. In the last three seasons of Manning’s career, the Giants went 12-24 (.333), and he ended up losing his starting job to a rookie Daniel Jones.

Rodgers could possibly be facing something similar if he stays in Green Bay with virtually all of his receivers hitting free agency and Jordan Love waiting in the wings at quarterback. That is why there have been some juicy rumors that Rodgers may land on a different team. But for his part, Manning thinks that Rodgers should take a long, hard look at staying right where he is.

Photo: Feb 5, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the Walter Payton man of the year press conference at Moscone Center in advance of Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Brett Favre shares his prediction for Aaron Rodgers situation

Brett Favre with an arm raised

Aaron Rodgers has said he will take some time to decide whether he wants to return to the Green Bay Packers next season, and one Hall of Famer who has been in a similar position before has a prediction for how the situation will play out.

Brett Favre was asked about Rodgers’ future in Green Bay during an appearance on WNSP in Alabama this week. The Packers legend said he has a gut feeling that Rodgers has played his last snap in Green Bay. He also advised Rodgers to follow his gut and try to win elsewhere if that is what he wants.

“Nowadays, guys play a lengthy career with a team and move on,” Favre said, as transcribed by Ryan Glasspiegel of the New York Post. “Obviously, Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning. So it’s not uncommon for guys to switch teams after a long, productive career somewhere else — and my advice would be if you’re gut’s telling you, ‘I want to try my hand somewhere else, it’s kind of gotten stale or stagnant here,’ then go give it a try. I think sometimes it’s reinvigorating.”

Favre, of course, had a tense breakup with the Packers when they transitioned from him to Rodgers. He left Green Bay to play for the New York Jets and then divisional rival Minnesota Vikings. Favre also retired and then unretired multiple times, and the Packers did not want him back. The same is not true for Rodgers, and the Packers have made that clear.

Favre acknowledged that, but he encouraged Rodgers to explore other possibilities. Though, he said in a separate interview that he believes Rodgers’ best chance to win another Super Bowl will be in Green Bay.

Rodgers and Favre had an awkward relationship for years, but Favre recently paid the reigning MVP the ultimate compliment. Very few people understand Rodgers’ situation between than Favre, so his opinion on the subject is certainly noteworthy.

Photo: Brett Favre shows off his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring after receive it during halftime of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field October 16, 2016

Could Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams join AFC team as package deal?

Aaron Rodgers on the sideline

Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams have been arguably the best quarterback-wide receiver for several years now. It’s possible they may have played their last snap together with the Green Bay Packers, but that does not necessarily mean they have to part ways in 2022.

According to NFL insider Jordan Schultz, there is a plausible scenario where Rodgers and Adams could both go to a different team — the same team — next season. Rodgers and Adams have a very close relationship, and Schultz says Adams has “grown increasingly frustrated with the Packers’ mistreatment of one of his best friends” Should Rodgers ask for a trade, Adams would likely want out of Green Bay, too.

Schultz says he was told by sources that Adams and Rodgers would love to team up with the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have an abundance of salary cap space, while the Packers have huge issues. That could make the two teams logical trade partners. Also, Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is believed to be the favorite for the Broncos head coaching job. Hackett has a strong relationship with both Rodgers and Adams.

That all sounds fairly complicated, but it is not out of the question. Rodgers admitted this week that he will make a decision on his future quickly in part because of Adams’ situation. Adams is set to become a free agent, but the Packers have the option to use the franchise tag on him.

Adams was recently asked about his future being tied to that of Rodgers, and he gave an interesting response. Should Rodgers leave Green Bay, it would not be a surprise if the two try to team up elsewhere.

Photo: Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts following the loss against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Rex Ryan takes shot at Aaron Rodgers amid latest rumor

Rex Ryan talks on ESPN

Rex Ryan cannot help but hop aboard The Aaron Rodgers Hate Train.

Speaking this week on ESPN’s “Organized Chaos” podcast, the former NFL coach Ryan reacted to his co-host Bart Scott’s prediction that Rodgers will end up with Denver Broncos this offseason.

“If he goes to Denver, he’s the third-best quarterback in that division,” said Ryan. “You’re going to put him with Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes? I’m not. I won’t. I’m gonna tell you why I won’t do that. Aaron Rodgers is phenomenal. But ten years ago, I’d put him in there. But not now. He’s much older.

“Let’s look at the numbers,” Ryan continued about Rodgers. “When his line protects him, in other words, they win every one of their matchups, Aaron Rodgers is by far and away the No. 1 quarterback in the league. He threw 31 touchdown passes and one interception when his offensive line won their matchups. When they did not win their matchups, he is 26th in the league. So if one guy misses, he is 26th in the league.”

Ryan, who is known for outlandish takes, is obviously being a bit ridiculous here. Despite being 38 years old, Rodgers is likely about to win his second consecutive MVP award. That would bring Rodgers’ MVP total to four, three of which came in his 30s. At 26 years old, Mahomes can compete with that, having won MVP in 2018 as well as one Super Bowl ring to match Rodgers’ one Super Bowl ring. But the 23-year-old Herbert, who has yet to even make the playoffs in his career, certainly cannot compete with that.

As for the Broncos rumors that got the entire discussion started here, they definitely appear to have some legs. Even oddsmakers think it is a very real possibility that Rodgers could end up with Denver this offseason.

Aaron Rodgers offers timeline for his Packers decision

Aaron Rodgers after a play

Aaron Rodgers has said he will take some time to weigh his options before making a decision on his playing future, but it may not be as much time as some expected.

Rodgers spoke at length about his situation with the Green Bay Packers during his Tuesday appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.” He said his relationship with general manager Brian Gutekunst is in a very good place and that the two will have a “simple conversation” when Rodgers decides what he wants to do, whether it be remain with the Packers, ask for a trade or retire. That conversation will take place at some point before the free agency period begins in mid-March.

“There also is a timeframe for this because I understand that my decision does impact other people’s decisions,” Rodgers said. “I want to be very sensitive to that, and so I will definitely make a decision sooner rather than later. … To stretch it out past free agency would be disrespectful to the organization, and that 100 percent will not happen.”

Rodgers noted that Davante Adams is set to become a free agent this offseason and that the Packers have to decide whether to franchise tag him by February. He indicated he will take that into consideration.

Rodgers also ruled out the possibility of pulling a Brett Favre. The 38-year-old says there is no chance he will retire and then return.

“The one thing I 100 percent would not do is retire and then come back a year later,” Rodgers said. “I don’t have any desire to do that. That makes no sense.”

While Rodgers was openly unhappy with the Packers last offseason, that tension seems to have subsided. Rodgers hinted on Saturday at some of the issues that could result in him wanting to leave the team, but the fact that his relationship with Gutekunst has improved is important.

Rodgers certainly made it seem like the 2021 season would be his last in Green Bay. Perhaps he will be determined to stay for one more year after the Packers’ disappointing end to a great year.

Photo: Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Matt LaFleur optimistic about avoiding more Aaron Rodgers drama

Matt LaFleur in Packers gear

The Green Bay Packers endured a drama-filled offseason last year thanks in large part to speculation about quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Coach Matt LaFleur is confident that there won’t be a repeat of that this year.

LaFleur sounded optimistic Monday about a more low-key offseason without as much public speculation about Rodgers. The head coach said communication between himself and Rodgers has been “great” and that any issues will be handled more quietly.

Last offseason would be tough to top. From a trade demand dropping on the eve of the NFL Draft to rumors that Rodgers was trying to get the GM fired, the entire situation was chaotic.

LaFleur’s optimism doesn’t mean there is a lot of clarity about the quarterback’s plans. While Rodgers’ future will be a huge topic of discussion until it is resolved, the Packers are at least hopeful that both sides can avoid fueling those discussions.

Photo: USA TODAY Network

Surprising team listed as favorite for Aaron Rodgers if he leaves Packers

Aaron Rodgers gets ready to throw

While it is still possible Aaron Rodgers returns to the Green Bay Packers for another season, oddsmakers have a surprising team listed as the favorite for the three-time MVP if he does decide to leave.

SportsBetting.ag posted odds on Monday on Rodgers’ future after Green Bay’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional playoff round. The odds of Rodgers being on the Packers’ roster in Week 1 are listed at +160 (equating to a 30.8 percent implied probability). Meanwhile, the odds of Rodgers retiring prior to Week 1 are listed at +700 (equating to a 4.8 percent implied probability).

That means that the betting odds are in favor of Rodgers leaving the Packers but continuing to play. SportsBetting.ag also listed the odds for what team Rodgers will be on in Week 1 if he does leave Green Bay. The Denver Broncos are currently the team with the best odds at +250.

While the Broncos would be an unexpected landing spot, they have a strong core in place. They went just 7-10 in 2021, but much of that was due to the shaky quarterback play of Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock. Denver does have several strong weapons to throw to, including Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, Courtland Sutton, and Noah Fant. Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams are also a nice duo in the backfield, and the Broncos have a stout defense too.

For what it is worth, Gordon appeared to be recruiting Rodgers after the Packers were eliminated on Saturday.

The 38-year-old Rodgers will not a free agent, but he has been mentioned in various trade scenarios thanks to the restructured contract that he agreed to with the Packers last offseason. As part of the contract, Green Bay will save almost $20 million against the cap if they trade Rodgers before next June. Rodgers himself addressed the topic of his future after the loss to the 49ers.

Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Dick Butkus offers theory on why Aaron Rodgers struggled

Aaron Rodgers gets ready to throw

Chicago Bears legend Dick Butkus has quickly become popular on Twitter with his hilariously unapologetic takes, and those who follow him will not be surprised to see he is showing no sympathy for Aaron Rodgers.

Butkus subtly trolled the Packers over their loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday morning. He joked that the “orange juice tastes a little bit sweeter” for him.

Butkus removed all doubt that he was talking about the Packers when he sent a follow-up tweet. He offered a theory about why Rodgers and Green Bay struggled, saying the reigning MVP looked “distracted.”

Rodgers finished 20/29 for 225 yards in the Packers’ 13-10 loss. While the snowy conditions were a factor in his play, some of his reads were questionable at best. He targeted Davante Adams and Aaron Jones a combined 21 times. His throw to Adams in double-coverage late in the game was particularly bad.

It’s no surprise Butkus is happy to see Rodgers and the Packers struggle. The former linebacker spent his entire career with the Bears, who are one of Green Bay’s biggest rivals. This also isn’t the first time Butkus has trolled Rodgers on Twitter.

Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers addresses whether he might leave Packers

Aaron Rodgers after a play

Not only did the Green Bay Packers’ season end in major disappointment on Saturday night, but the team may also be losing their star quarterback in the future.

The Packers lost 13-10 to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Green Bay completely stunk up the joint with their terrible special teams play.

Both offenses struggled to do much in the snowy conditions. Aaron Rodgers finished 20/29 for 225 yards in what might have been his final game with the Packers.

Rodgers made his displeasure with the Packers well known last offseason and could be headed for a split from the team. He was asked following the loss about his future with Green Bay and acknowledged he has a big decision to make.

Rodgers made it clear that he does not want to be part of a rebuild if that’s the direction the Packers need to go in due to their salary cap problems.

Here are Rodgers’ full comments:

Rodgers went into the season acting like this would be “The Last Dance” for him in Green Bay. The way the season ended could make it easy for him to now say goodbye.

One thing to consider though is that Rodgers did compliment general manager Brian Gutekunst, the same person with whom he previously had a problem.

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports