If the Denver Broncos are severe about buying Aaron Rodgers, they need to even be severe about not drafting within the first spherical for the foreseeable future.
As the dots proceed to attach the Green Bay Packers quarterback to the Mile High City, CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin offered 4 “potential offers” that might shut arguably the largest commerce deal in NFL historical past.
QB Drew Lock, 2022 first-rounder, 2023 first-rounder, 2024 first-rounder, 2022 second-rounder, 2023 third-rounder
WR Courtland Sutton, 2022 first, 2023 first, 2024 first, 2022 second
OG Graham Glasgow, 2022 first, 2023 first, 2024 first, 2022 second, 2023 second
OLB Von Miller, 2022 first, 2023 first, 2024 first, 2022 second, 2023 fifth
The Broncos reportedly engaged in talks with Green Bay throughout final Thursday’s inaugural night time of the 2021 NFL Draft — talks that fizzled as shortly as they sizzled. Interestingly, the crew didn’t choose a QB or signal one as a school free agent, prepared (or so they are saying) to let Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock battle for the beginning job over the summer time.
“I like our room right now. I think I said that last night. With [QBs] Teddy [Bridgewater] and Drew [Lock], they’ll have a competition, and that’s what we’ve wanted all along,” general manager George Paton told reporters Saturday. “We’ll let them compete. I like the room. Does it mean we won’t continue to look? No, but I say that about every position. I look forward to getting Teddy here, and he and Drew having a great competition.”
Rodgers, in the meantime, stays disenfranchised in Green Bay. Rumor has it, he is knowledgeable teammates of his imminent departure until CEO Mark Murphy fires GM Brian Gutekunst, apparently the bone of rivalry. Rodgers is open to “hardline options” — from skipping coaching camp to retiring — to attain his desired outcome, Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson reported Saturday.
Packers brass just lately visited Rodgers in California in hopes of mending this relationship, to no avail. On the report, head coach Matt LaFleur claimed he “wants nothing more” than for Rodgers to return in 2021 and “can’t imagine” the long run Hall-of-Fame discipline common enjoying elsewhere.
“I’d like to keep every conversation that Aaron and I have had up to this point between us,” LaFleur mentioned, via NBC Sports. “I know the report’s out there. But this guy’s our quarterback. He’s our leader. I want nothing more than to see him back in a Packer uniform. In my eyes, he’s the greatest to ever do it. I don’t care about Super Bowls or what not. But we want him back here.”
If Green Bay finally decides the state of affairs is irreparable and opts to divorce, a commerce wouldn’t go down till after June 1, when the related wage cap hit drops from an untenable $31.55 million (pre-June 1) to a palatable $14.352 million.
After which level the Broncos should determine whether or not they need to fork over the proverbial farm for a disgruntled 37-year-old who could quickly enter the back-nine of his illustrious profession.
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