Aaron Rodgers is coming off a likely NFL MVP season in which he completed 68.9 percent of his passes for 37 touchdowns against four interceptions. However, for the second straight offseason, it remains a mystery as to where Rodgers will be playing professional football with Green Bay.
The 38-year-old’s possible return is clearly the No. 1 factor that would impact the team’s offense next year. After Green Bay came up short in the playoffs, the NFL world is once again wondering if Rodgers might finally be ready to try something new.
After Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was named the next head coach of the Broncos this week, speculation swirled that Rodgers could soon follow him to Denver.
The Broncos are looking good right now with the only thing missing is a top QB, but ESPN’s Bill Barnwell believes another AFC West Division squad might be better suited for Rodgers going forward.
Barnwell laid out the situation in his latest piece that has the Raiders and Packers swapping quarterbacks:
“If the Packers wanted to ship Rodgers to the AFC West, it wouldn’t be impossible to imagine them getting Carr back as a veteran option to take his place. Carr has been an above-average quarterback for several seasons, and as he enters the final year of his contract, he would be a smaller step down for the Packers than the one they would likely experience with Love as their starter.
Carr has been criticized in the past for being relatively conservative as a passer, but those arguments don’t apply any longer. Over the past two seasons, with limited receiving options outside of tight end Darren Waller — who missed chunks of 2021 because of injuries — Carr’s offense has produced 50 plays of 30 yards or more. That’s nearly as many as the Chiefs (51) over that same timespan.
It’s possible the Packers could flip Carr for additional picks, but he would be a reasonable replacement in the short term if they want to give Love more seasoning.”
There’s no guarantee that Rodgers will ultimately decide to leave the Packers, and Green Bay would undoubtedly love to have their MVP quarterback on the roster for another year.
Carr is a major step down, but he is coming off a year where he threw for a career-high 4,804 yards this season, tossing 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.