No NFL team has been linked to Aaron Rodgers more than the Denver Broncos. The AFC West franchise is seen by many as the frontrunner to land the MVP quarterback in a trade – if he’s moved, of course.
The Packers’ asking price for Rodgers is understandably high, though. According to reports, Green Bay is seeking at least three first-round picks and a second-round pick in return for their franchise quarterback.
Are the Broncos willing to pay that price?
According to a Sunday report from Pro Football Talk, Denver isn’t sure. Mike Florio reports that the Broncos are “leery” of the asking price.
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.
Rodgers is reportedly seeking a new contract, as well. According to reports, he wants $90 million in new guaranteed money.
That’s a lot, of course, but after all, it’s the MVP of the league we’re talking about.
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
A resolution on the Rodgers situation could come soon. The Packers are set to report to training camp this week. The team is a little more than a month away from opening the regular season.
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