Which team is Aaron Rodgers going to join for 2022?
The Packers quarterback hasn't yet confirmed his new team but the Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans appear to be most likely.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has yet to commit to playing in the 2022 NFL season despite still being under contract with the Green Bay Packers, but rumours about his next team continue to ciculate with more candidates emerging.
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Where does Rodgers' future lie?
According to a report from Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, Rodgers is targeting the Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers or Tennessee Titans if he doesn't stay in Green Bay, as the player would have agreements to extend his contract when traded to those teams.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Broncos are the franchise most likely to acquire Rodgers. One of the plus points for Denver is that Nathaniel Hackett, former offensive coordinator in Green Bay, is the team's new head coach.
The Steelers need a new quarterback after the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger; on the other hand, the Titans would improve at that position by moving Rodgers to replace Ryan Tannehill.
In 17 years as a pro, Rodgers has played in 213 games, 206 as a starter, and has amassed 55,360 yards, 449 touchdown passes and 93 interceptions after completing 4,651 of 7,118 attempted throws.
In addition, he has been invited to the Pro Bowl 10 times, has been a member of the NFL All-Pro first team four times, and is a member of the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame All-Decade Team.
LaFleur not pressuring Rodgers
Matt LaFleur intends to give Aaron Rodgers time and space to decide his future rather than "annoying" the Green Bay Packers quarterback. For the second straight offseason, the Packers are waiting to learn if the reigning MVP will return next year. Despite a long-running saga prior to the 2021 season and then a coronavirus controversy during the campaign, Rodgers excelled again for Green Bay.
The 38-year-old then promised "a decision in the near future", but a series of cryptic social media posts and quotes followed.
While the Packers face uncertainty again, head coach LaFleur is determined not to interfere with Rodgers' thought process.
"I told him: I don't want to be overbearing and tell him every day how much we love him and how much we want him back," LaFleur said at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "So you just want to be respectful of his space and allow him to think through everything clearly without being annoying, I guess."
Meanwhile, LaFleur confirmed Rodgers had a "significant role" in Tom Clements returning to the team as quarterbacks coach. Clements was previously with the Packers between 2006 and 2016, including working with Rodgers as QB coach for the Super Bowl season of 2010.
He has been credited with having a key role in Rodgers' development by the player himself.