Broncos could have multiple star QBs competing to play for them in 2022
The Denver Broncos could have multiple star quarterbacks trying to force trades to the Mile High City in the 2022 offseason.
Could the Broncos really have multiple star quarterbacks trying to force trades to Denver in the 2022 offseason? Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves on that one, but maybe.
As of the 2021 NFL Draft and basically all summer leading up to training camp, there were persistent rumors that reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers wanted to be traded, and preferably to the Denver Broncos. Obviously, as Rodgers reported to the Packers, those rumors died off and the Packers are once again one of the best teams in the NFL.
Although the Aaron Rodgers-to-the-Broncos rumors have been put to bed, for the time being, those will be given a big-time resurrection after the 2021 season concludes, especially if things don’t end with a Super Bowl for Green Bay.
Multiple star QBs reportedly want to play for the Broncos
Multiple reputable NFL reporters, including Denver’s own Benjamin Allbright of 850 KOA and Broncos Country Tonight, had reported during the offseason that their understanding was the Broncos were Rodgers’ top preferred destination in a possible trade.
If Rodgers wanted Denver before the 2021 season, how much more is he going to want them now after seeing the emergence of running back Javonte Williams, the long-term extensions for Tim Patrick and Courtland Sutton, and the ascension of the defense?
Perhaps those are the factors that have caused Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson to wise up as well.
Over the 2021 offseason, Wilson’s camp not-so-subtly put out a list of teams he would waive his no-trade clause for. At that time, the list curiously didn’t include the Denver Broncos. It was before the 2021 NFL Draft, so teams like the Bears were on his list, but they’re apparently not anymore.
According to Jordan Schultz, Wilson’s list now includes the Broncos:
What we are seeing here is way too important to ignore.
Multiple superstar NFL quarterbacks want to play for the Denver Broncos.
Now, whether or not that is still true for Aaron Rodgers? That remains to be seen. If Rodgers is still taking the approach that the 2021 season is his version of The Last Dance with the Green Bay Packers, then we should assume nothing has changed regarding his thoughts on the Broncos.
Strictly based on team success, it feels like Wilson may be more likely to be traded this offseason considering Rodgers still has another year left on his deal in Green Bay, but the way that deal was restructured really gives Rodgers the ability to dictate whether or not he plays there next season.
Wilson hasn’t played great in 2021, but there’s no question that you would still trade a king’s ransom of picks and whatever is needed to get him in the building. He’s consistently been the type of player who elevates the talent around him and the Seahawks, up to this point, have been title contenders just about every year with him at the helm.
It’s shaping up to be an absolutely massive offseason for general manager George Paton. He was heavily scrutinized for passing on the quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft, and perhaps time will prove that the critics were correct in slamming him for that. Over the course of the offseason, the Broncos took a ton of flak for not taking Justin Fields, though Mac Jones has been the far superior player in 2021 up to this point.
Passing on rookies led to where we are today, with Teddy Bridgewater clearly not a solution and the Broncos with a newfound bounty of draft selections thanks to the Von Miller trade to the Los Angeles Rams.
Denver can’t compete with multiple first-round picks in this year’s draft, but future selections will be more attractive to Seattle anyway given the lack of top-end talent in the 2022 class.
7 Denver Broncos free agents and others who won’t be back in 2022
The Denver Broncos have a handful of important free agents on expiring contracts and other players who will not be back in the 2022 offseason.
Not a bad year to be trying to trade draft picks for a star at the quarterback position, by any means.