NFL Championship Sunday is only 72 hours away — and yet one of the biggest storylines concerns the future of a quarterback who won’t be playing this weekend.
The Aaron Rodgers chatter intensified Thursday with the possibility of a pair of new destinations for Green Bay’s unsettled star.
First, the Broncos hired former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to be their next head coach. A few hours later, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger officially announced his retirement from the NFL.
Both teams are arguably an elite quarterback away from being serious Super Bowl contenders.
Rodgers has one season remaining on his four-year, $134 million contract — but Green Bay could be wise to trade him or else risk losing him for nothing next offseason.
A trade partner could get a package deal: Pending free agent WR Davante Adams has implied that he wants to continue playing with Rodgers wherever he goes — assuming the Packers don’t use the franchise tag on Adams.
Still, Rodgers could end up staying in Green Bay — he remained despite highly publicized tension with the front office last offseason.