As we start to prepare ourselves for the never-ending road known as the NFL offseason, the future of many quarterbacks is uncertain. With the arrival of Alex Smith, Kirk Cousins will undoubtedly be available when Washington decides how they will move forward without him. The three-headed QB attack of Bradford, Bridgewater and Keenum in Minnesota are all free agents and at least two of them will be on the move. But this offseason will be nowhere near as exciting as the as the big move that is brewing in Green Bay in two years.
Now this may come as a surprise the beautiful relationship between Aaron Rodgers and The Green Bay Packers will not last forever. Rodgers has two years left on his contract and at 34 years old, he has made public comments about wanting to have the same longevity as the immortal Tom Brady. Those may have been innocent comments but coincidentally two years may be the perfect storm of Tom Brady retiring and Aaron Rodgers deciding to test the free agent market.
It has been clear that the Packers formula of being quiet in free agency and building through the draft has not worked as well in recent years. It can be blamed on poor drafting or lack of development by the coaching staff, but this team has been carried by Aaron Rodgers. When you are a superstar in the prime of your career and your organization doesn’t put talent around you, the result could be a move to greener pastures.
Additionally, the Packers have a new GM in Brian Gutekunst who decided to release quarterback coach Alex Van Pelt. The interesting aspect of this move was the fact the Rodgers was not consulted and seemingly was not happy with the decision. Rodgers’ frustration with the organization seems to be mounting. When he was injured earlier in the year, Tom Brady reached out to Rodgers to offer his support. They are building a mutual admiration that may lead to a future Patriot connection.
When Aaron Rodgers faces the end of his contract in two years he may have a choice to leave and what better landing spot than a championship caliber team with one of the greatest coaches of all-time needing a quarterback to take the reins from Tom Brady.