Atlanta Falcons clearly not a landing spot for Aaron Rodgers
The Atlanta Falcons have a tough decision to make at the quarterback position this off-season. With Arthur Smith and Terry Fontenot looking to make a playoff push the choice is simple, stick with Desmond Ridder and find a reliable backup, or chase after one of this off-season’s top quarterback options.
We aren’t even past the Super Bowl yet and already the quarterback off-season carousel is in full swing with Lamar Jackson, Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr, Tom Brady, and a myriad of lesser options all potentially looking for new landing spots. While Brady is already unlikely to be an option Rodgers can be ruled out as well both when you consider what a potential trade would look like and the Packers’ unwillingness to trade Rodgers within the NFC.
For the Packers, this is smart self-preservation when you consider how winnable the NFC is right now. Trading Rodgers within the conference sets up the chance the veteran could knock the Packers out of the playoffs wherever he may land.
In the AFC, however, if the Packers made a Super Bowl run with Jordan Love or whoever is the next Green Bay quarterback the likelihood of Rodgers making it through Joe Burrow, Patrick Mahomes, Trevor Lawrence, and Josh Allen on the other side of the bracket is incredibly unlikely.
For Atlanta, Rodgers wasn’t a legitimate option in the first place considering his current contract and age. As fun as the story of Aaron Rodgers to Atlanta might be it is a story that isn’t going to happen for a team whose best path forward is building a complete roster around their team.
As for Rodgers and the seeming yearly saga of where the veteran will play next if Rodgers does actually leave Green Bay this time, it is clear his best options are the Raiders, Dolphins, or Patriots all of who would offer the veteran to change the narrative surrounding what seems to be weekly drama.