If the Green Bay Packers decide to trade Aaron Rodgers, the Denver Broncos feel like the most-likely destination for the MVP quarterback.
Denver has been linked to Rodgers since his trade demands surfaced before the NFL Draft. The Broncos do not have a firm long-term answer at the quarterback position. The rest of the roster could be ready to contend for a Super Bowl.
The Broncos are rumored to be Rodgers’ preferred destination, too.
However, according to a report from Pro Football Talk, the Broncos are “leery” of the asking price for Rodgers. The Packers are reportedly seeking at least three first round picks and a second round pick.
It’s been presumed that, if the Packers decide to make Aaron Rodgers available in trade, the Broncos would pounce on the opportunity. That may not be the case. https://t.co/sGKTNND26i
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 26, 2021
From the report:
The price paid in draft picks and/or players to accomplish the trade necessarily reduces the team’s willingness to pay Rodgers, since the combined price becomes a sliding scale of cash to the player and stuff to his former team. The more a new team would have to give the Packers to get Rodgers, the less it would want to give Rodgers. In turn, the more the new team has to give Rodgers, the less it would want to give the Packers to make it happen.
For that reason, the Broncos may not have the zeal to do the deal that most have presumed they’d possess. Especially since the Broncos roster may not otherwise be an Aaron Rodgers away from a run at a Super Bowl. The AFC has many contenders for the 2021 season. If Denver adds Rodgers, expectations for the Broncos would skyrocket, perhaps unreasonably. There’s a good chance Rodgers may not instantly make the Broncos dramatically better than they’ll otherwise be.
Not everyone is buying it, though. Some believe the Broncos are trying to lower the price for Rodgers, though they’ll ultimately pay it when pressed.
You mean a team would leak to a national publication that they may not be interested in trading for a player at a high price in an effort to keep said price from being so high? pic.twitter.com/VFFcDPGaBd
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) July 26, 2021
lol ok https://t.co/Hz466YSl2s
— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) July 26, 2021
Fans are taking particular issue with one line in the report:
“There’s a good chance Rodgers may not instantly make the Broncos dramatically better than they’ll otherwise be.”
Imagine if the Broncos were like, “Sure, we could trade for the reigning MVP, but it would be too expensive. Let’s stick with Drew Lock instead.” https://t.co/rSTevkEszg
— Rob “Stats” Guerrera (@StatsOnFire) July 26, 2021
Broncos fans seem to want Rodgers and are willing to give up whatever it will take to land him.
— Kyle Richardson (@krich1532) July 26, 2021
That doesn’t mean the Broncos’ front office is willing to do it, but Denver remains the favorite in the minds of many.