The Green Bay Packers and Las Vegas Raiders have been among football’s greatest disappointments in 2022, and it’s not too early to speculate drastic changes from both organizations next season.
Aaron Rodgers’ long-term future in Green Bay has been up in the air for a while. He may have signed a lucrative three-year extension with the franchise earlier this offseason, but a losing season and non-playoff year just might convince him to revisit his trade request.
As for the Raiders, they’ll have to make a decision on starting quarterback Derek Carr. As noted by ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Las Vegas could cut Carr and take on only $5.625 million in dead money for the 2023 season.
In his latest Football Morning in America column, NBC Sports’ Peter King had an interesting proposal for both teams: A swap of starting quarterbacks that would see Carr and a third-round pick head to Titletown, with the four-time league MVP coming to Vegas:
“I think it might not be altogether nonsensical to consider trading Rodgers to Las Vegas for Derek Carr and a third-round pick. Might being the most important word there. Miles to go before you reach a decision like that, but it has crossed my mind.”
Ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft, it was reported that a disgruntled Rodgers wanted a trade to either the Raiders, Denver Broncos or San Francisco 49ers. His former top receiver in Davante Adams is starring in Sin City, so it’s not a stretch to think Rodgers would still be interested in playing for Vegas.
But Rodgers ultimately agreed to come back to Green Bay for 2021. After capturing his fourth career MVP award, the future Hall of Famer signed a three-year contract extension worth $150 million.
In the offseason, the Packers traded Adams to Las Vegas in exchange for 2022 first and second-round picks. Even though Adams has put up elite numbers with the Raiders (64 receptions for 925 yards and 10 touchdowns), the Raiders are still near the bottom of the standings with a 3-7 record.
The Packers have dropped six of their last seven games following a promising 3-1 start. Only time will tell if we are truly witnessing the end of Rodgers’ storied tenure with the organization.