Denver Broncos: Claims that Aaron Rodgers isn’t going anywhere mean nothing
The potential trade between the Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers involving quarterback Aaron Rodgers is still a hot topic around the league.
However, if you listen to Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst or the team’s fanbase, it’s a non-issue. Gutekunst says that Rodgers is the team’s quarterback of the future and that he is not going to be traded.
Packers fans, who don’t want to lose one of the game’s greatest quarterbacks ever, will throw that line out there whenever they get the chance. But it means absolutely nothing.
Of course Gutekunst is going to say that publicly. What would you expect him to say?
It’s likely that the Packers don’t want to trade Rodgers. What team would be eager to get rid of the reigning league MVP? But this is a relationship that has been severely fractured and there are many, including Jay Glazer, who believe that Rodgers still badly wants out of Green Bay.
Rodgers has threatened to retire if a trade has not been made. Sure, Gutekunst could play hardball with him and not give in to those demands. But what if Rodgers really did walk away? Then the Packers have their starting quarterback sitting at home and nothing to show for him.
You can say that Rodgers is being a ‘diva’ and acting like a selfish jerk and who knows, maybe he is. But he sure seems done with the Packers and if I was going to Las Vegas with a fistful of cash to gamble with, I’d be betting Rodgers plays somewhere else next year.
If that is the case, George Paton needs to do everything in his power to make sure that place is Denver. He needs to be annoying Gutekunst with calls, leaving messages, and doing whatever he can to help facilitate a trade.
It’s not like Denver doesn’t have a good return to offer. Here is how one potential trade could look.
Yes, Gutekunst is likely going to be stubborn at first. He’s going to say that Rodgers is not available. So then offer more. He’s going to retort that the price needs to go up, so then make it so, Paton. The Broncos have a unique opportunity to get one of the best quarterbacks ever and Paton should make every attempt to make that happen.
Gutekunst may turn down dozens of offers, but like Ted Dibiase used to say, everybody’s got a price. And it’s true.
So yes, Rodgers may be unavailable and Gutekunst may stick to the idea that he’s not trading him, but one thing seems clear, he’s not going to play in Green Bay next season. It’s a story that isn’t going away and is going to be like a cloud over the Packers until the other shoe drops.
Paton can blow him away with a great offer and knock all of the he “isn’t going anywhere” talk off.