The way forward for disgruntled Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is unsure as issues transfer quickly in direction of an inevitable fork within the highway with coaching camp set to begin on July 28. What has already been effervescent away because the NFL draft again on April 29 nonetheless rumbles on, and since then, the Denver Broncos have emerged as essentially the most sensible remaining suitor for the 37-year-old reigning NFL MVP.
Because it stands, Broncos incumbent Drew Lock and veteran Teddy Bridgewater will do battle for the beginning job, however with Rodgers looming over them like an ominous cloud, it solely brings additional issues for each.
Before he announced his new partnership with ESPN to host a MegaCast alongside his brother Eli for 10 video games of Monday Evening Soccer this 12 months, Peyton Manning weighed in together with his skilled opinion throughout a go to to the MLB All-Star recreation the place he stated that no one needs to herald a brand new QB throughout coaching camp due to the disruption it causes.
“At this level, you have to type of know what your plan is,” Manning informed the MLB Network final week. “You may’t be having a brand new quarterback three weeks earlier than the season.”
Underneath regular circumstances, that will be true, however Rodgers would offer such a seismic improve underneath middle for any workforce that it is arduous to imagine, given the chance, Broncos GM George Paton wouldn’t hesitate to dealer an Eleventh-hour deal. As is the case with practically all trades, there tends to be no smoke with out fireplace, and with Paton sitting on a golden goose egg of $28.8 million in salary-cap house, it’s not arduous to place 2 + 2 collectively.
Ought to Paton again off from a possible blockbuster deal for Rodgers, it may go away him in a good spot by way of public relations. Opening himself as much as the damaging double whammy of shedding out on a generational QB, whereas on the identical time leaving a stack of money unused on the poker desk, might be a dangerous proposition.
Finally, the first-year GM’s strikes may reveal a Broncos roster filled with youthful potential, however because it stands, the workforce continues to be manifestly in need of a vital game-changing signal-caller.
Paton arrived within the Mile Excessive Metropolis armed with a daring mission assertion to be “in on each deal,” however it’s completely believable that he has come to comprehend that each transfer he makes will probably be critiqued to the nth diploma, which makes the GM’s doubtlessly massive choice over Rodgers (if Inexperienced Bay relents to a commerce) a really poisoned chalice certainly, and one which may doubtlessly hang-out him for years.
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