Rumor: Aaron Rodgers linked to Colts; how would it not have an effect on Bears?

Rumor: Aaron Rodgers linked to Colts; how would it not have an effect on Bears?
Rumor: Aaron Rodgers linked to Colts; how would it not have an effect on Bears?

As Aaron Rodgers’ future stays in query for the third consecutive offseason, one supply relayed an attention-grabbing state of affairs to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. 

“One NFC government introduced up an attention-grabbing crew that is kind of random however would make some sense on paper: Indianapolis,” Fowler mentioned. “The Colts enter the offseason with $20.6 million in cap area. They completely want a quarterback. Regardless of a four-win season, the roster is just not void of expertise, particularly on protection. And Indy owns the fourth general choose, a simple dangling level in a possible take care of Inexperienced Bay.

“‘[Indianapolis general manager Chris] Ballard has to get one [a quarterback] and get it proper,’ the chief mentioned. ‘Possibly they only draft one and save the cash, however Rodgers can be totally different than their different previous stopgap choices as a result of he is extra of a positive factor.’”

The state of affairs poses an attention-grabbing case for each Rodgers and the Colts to resolve their longstanding points. 

Regardless of signing a three-year extension with the Inexperienced Bay Packers, Rodgers has lacked the belief the group can construct the right crew round him to compete for a deep playoff run. The Packers have not made the Tremendous Bowl sport since 2010 when Rodgers helped the Packers win. 

As for the Colts, they’ve failed their third consecutive plug-and-play quarterback experiment, the most recent sufferer being Matt Ryan. Earlier than that, Carson Wentz and Philip Rivers have every tried their fingers, and failed, regardless of Rivers bringing the Colts to a first-round playoff berth. 

 

In summation, the Colts want a quarterback, and Rodgers would possibly need a new dwelling. 

This might have an effect on the Chicago Bears, not solely by the potential departure of Rodgers from the NFC North – a division he is helped the Packers win eight occasions prior to now 11 seasons – but additionally within the draft. 

Some pundits imagine the Colts have an interest suitors for the Bears’ No. 1 choose within the draft, permitting the Bears to commerce down within the draft to amass extra capital whereas remaining in a aggressive place for a high defensive participant within the draft. 

If the Colts hypothetically included their No. 4 choose within the draft in a commerce for Rodgers, the percentages of the Bears buying and selling right down to the No. 4 spot lower. Until, nonetheless, the Packers can be fascinated about drafting one of many draft’s high quarterbacks  – Bryce Younger or C.J. Stroud – to succeed Rodgers, that they might be inclined to commerce with the Bears.

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There are causes for this transfer coming to fruition, and concurrently remaining a rumor. 

For starters, the Colts have tried to inject a veteran quarterback into their roster for 3 straight seasons by means of Ryan, Wentz and Rivers. None have labored. In that timeframe, they’ve made the playoffs as soon as. This previous season, they recorded 4 wins. 

They’ve already debunked their curiosity in Derek Carr, the Raiders quarterback who’s certain for the commerce market this offseason, or free company if Las Vegas does not area any intriguing provides for the veteran signal-caller. 

Does this imply the Colts will not quadruple down on their plug-and-play technique for a fourth-straight season, and hold their eyes set on the NFL draft for a quarterback?

Not essentially. 

Rodgers is a confirmed commodity. Even on the late levels of his profession, he can carry the fitting crew to Tremendous Bowl competition. Between the 2020 and 2021 seasons, Rodgers gained back-to-back MVP awards, proving his constantly elite means, regardless of nearing 40 years previous. 

And with a Colts offense stacked to the brim with Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman and one of many league’s higher offensive traces, they might generate success with Rodgers. To not point out, they’ve top-of-the-line teams on paper on the defensive facet of the ball, headlined by Shaquille Leonard, DeForest Buckner and Julian Blackmon. 

The secret for the Colts is cap administration. They’ll have practically $20 million free to make use of this upcoming offseason, however would wish to regulate their roster to inhale Rodgers’ gargantuan contract that holds over $100 million in assured {dollars}.

Rodgers, nonetheless, acknowledged his contract state of affairs,

issues must shift. … There must be some changes for positive.”

 

Will the NFC North shed Rodgers, whereas forcing the Bears to readjust their draft technique? Or, will the Rodgers rumor mill carry on churning?

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