Opinion: Amidst Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers Tussle, Who Needs the Other More?
Aaron Rodgers has been a stalwart for the Green Bay Packers for over a decade. The side which drafted Rodgers in the 2004 NFL Draft has overseen his growth and development into the franchise QB that he is today.
Winning a Super Bowl in 2011, the duo reached the promised land by bringing back the Lombardi Trophy to Lambeau Field. And since then, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have become almost synonymous with one another. Much like Tom Brady was with the New England Patriots. But we all know how that turned out.
With Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers now at loggerheads, one can’t help but ask the question, which party in this feud needs the other more? The franchise quarterback or the franchise itself?
The Green Bay Packers must tread cautiously with Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers is a future Hall of Famer. There’s simply no doubt about that. And while he’s on the wrong side of 30, it’s not like his powers are on the wane.
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In 2020, Rodgers was named the league MVP thanks to a campaign where he rolled back the clock to record 48 touchdowns and over 4,200 passing yards.
With the fire still very much alive in his belly, it’s safe to say that Aaron Rodgers still has a few MVP-esque seasons left in him. So would the Packers miss him if he leaves them? Of course, they would, this is Aaron Rodgers we’re talking about!
But would the franchise go on into a complete meltdown due to his departure? That’s unlikely because the franchise already drafted its contingency plan back in 2020.
With their first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the franchise drafted rookie QB Jordan Love. The man the Packers front office envisioned to take over Rodgers, albeit under different circumstances.
But Love is still an untested product. The quarterback is yet to play a single snap in the NFL and his performances at Packers’ OTAs and minicamp have been shaky and inconsistent at best.
If Rodgers wishes to truly leave, there would be several franchises ready to go all out for the QB. And if he plays his cards right, he could even win another Super Bowl with a new team much like Tom Brady did last season.
And it’s not like Rodgers has much left to prove either. Even if he wishes to walk away from the sport altogether, he’ll bow out as the reigning MVP. So either way, the grass looks greener for Aaron Rodgers.
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But for the Green Bay Packers, replacing their star signal-caller right away seems like a near-impossible feat.
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