- The San Francisco 49ers are the favorite to land Aaron Rodgers before next season with +150 odds.
- The Denver Broncos (+250) and New England Patriots (+400) are also listed as more likely than the Green Bay Packers (+550).
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP, has allegedly made it clear to the Green Bay Packers organization that he does not want to return to the team next season. The 38-year-old has three years remaining on his contract, meaning he’s more than just a rental for any team looking to add him to the roster.
Sports betting sites list the Packers as an unlikely place for Rodgers to play next year. His NFL odds instead favor some interesting destinations.
San Francisco 49ers The Most Likely Destination?
According to the sportsbooks, the San Francisco 49ers are leading the race to land Aaron Rodgers. Listed as a +150 betting favorite, San Fran is the apparent leading candidate for the reigning MVP. But does it make sense?
The 49ers have Jimmy Garoppolo on their roster, and they just used the No. 3 overall pick on Trey Lance, so would they make a move for Rodgers? The likely scenario would be trading Garoppolo along with a plethora of picks to land Rodgers.
Garoppolo has two years remaining on his contract and makes a similar amount of money as Rodgers, meaning the salary issues of the deal wouldn’t be too difficult to iron out. Lance is also a viewed as a developmental prospect, he could benefit from a couple of years on the bench, ironically similar to Aaron Rodgers early in his career.
The Packers front office remains adamant that Rodgers will not be traded, but if Rodgers truly refuses to play for Green Bay, the franchise might not have a choice but to trade their longtime quarterback.
Betting on San Francisco seems a little risky at the moment. The pieces make sense, but with Green Bay holding strong on Rodgers, it’s tough to tell if this will happen.
Jersey Aaron Rodgers Will Wear in the 2021-22 Season Betting Odds
- San Francisco 49ers +150
- Denver Broncos +250
- New England Patriots +400
- Green Bay Packers +550
- Las Vegas Raiders +700
- New Orleans Saints +900
- Chicago Bears +1500
Patriots and Broncos Listed as Other Locations
The Patriots are in a similar position as the 49ers. They have a veteran QB who doesn’t seem to be the answer and they drafted a quarterback in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Considering the Patriots are known for betting the most out of their players on cheaper contracts and then moving on when it’s time for a payday, it seems unlikely that Bill Belichick puts together a big package for Rodgers.
The Broncos on the other hand make more sense. The Drew Lock experiment doesn’t seem to be panning out the way fans hoped it would, and Denver’s front office is no stranger to getting all-time great quarterbacks at the end of their career (see Peyton Manning).
Betting on the Broncos at +250 might be worth a play if Rodgers holds true on his refusal to play in Green Bay.
Could Rodgers Return to the Packers?
Rodgers is considered to be the type of guy who won’t back down from his position. It’s thought that Rodgers has made up his mind and won’t change it, but you never know with these kinds of things. Usually, betting on the player to remain on his current team is a safe play.
Getting the odds at +550 to stay with Packers might be worth the risk just due to how complicated it could be to get what Rodgers is worth in return.
If Rodgers were to get traded during the NFL Draft, he probably would’ve been moved in the first round. If a deal is going to be made, it’ll likely have to be during between the draft and start of the season.