It’s Fun to Think About, But Rodgers Isn’t Coming to New England


The Green Bay Packers made a shocking selection in the first-round of the 2020 NFL Draft when they selected Utah State quarterback Jordan Love.  If you were going to tell me that the Packers were not only going to take Love but also trade up for him, I am pretty sure everyone would have poo pooed on that sports take.  The Packers did just that and Love will now head to Lambeau Field and learn from one of the best quarterbacks in the league. 

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The Packers, who are coming off a 13-3 record last year, are beginning to look to the future.  Rodgers, 36, will have at least two more years at the helm and Love will be able to learn from the Packers great.  Over the next couple of seasons, Rodgers is owed big time money from Green Bay.  Rodgers has a cap hit of $21 million dollar and $51 million in dead money in 2020, $36 million cap hit with $31 million in dead money for 2021, and a $39 million dollar cap hit with only $17 million in dead money for 2022.  Moral of the story, Rodgers isn’t going anywhere and the Packers may have lit a fire under Rodgers for the next few years knowing his replacement is now on the roster.

Now that the Packers have their very own Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo scenario about to unfold, I sit here and think, could Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick reach out to Green Bay and make them an offer they can’t refuse to acquire Rodgers? 

Shop for all of your official Green Bay Packers fan gear and collectibles at NFLShop.comWhile the Packers and the 49ers were preparing to do battle for the NFC Championship this past season, Rodgers spoke about the Patriots head coach.  Rodgers talked about that the Packers need to be prepared for everything that the 49ers could bring to the table for their NFC title game matchup.  Rodgers would go on to call this the “Belichick effect”. 

"I think that’s the NFL in the last five years, especially, it’s kind of the Belichick effect where teams are more reluctant to really try and scheme up opponents instead of relying on their base defense," Rodgers told reporters.  Can you imagine the “what if”, what if Belichick does the unthinkable and makes a blockbuster trade post-Tom Brady and replaces the greatest of all time with another quarterback that could be used in that same brethren. 

The “what if” Rodgers played for Belichick and the Patriots is a conversation you have with buddies at the bar talking sports.  Now that conversation could seriously be one the national media could talk about seeing as the Patriots could use a quarterback with a proven track record.  While Brady has all the championship accolades, Rodgers has one Super Bowl to his name.  It can be argued that if the Packers had built better teams and given Rodgers legitimate help, could he have won more?  

There is a narrative that Rodgers is a selfish player that isn’t coachable.  That won’t work in Foxboro, the man under the hoodie runs a tight ship and wants team first players wearing the flying Elvis logo on their helmet.

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Brady and Belichick have enjoyed one of the greatest runs in the history of sports the last 20 years.  Rodgers was the man who dethroned Brett Farve and ushered in the next great Packers teams.  While highly unlikely, Rodgers could be the one to replace Brady and lead the Patriots for the next couple of seasons while the likes of Jarrett Stidham develops.  The relationship eventually deteriorated for Brady and Belichick, one can only assume the same would quickly happen between Rodgers and Belichick. 

The money owed to Rodgers will prevent him from coming to the Patriots.  It is fun to think of the “what if” regarding a Rodgers to New England scenario.  If you have the opportunity to go out and get one of the best quarterbacks in Rodgers to replace Brady you need to look into that.  Ultimately the Patriots need to ride it out with Stidham and stay the course and retool the Patriots roster.  But, when next season rolls around, and if the Patriots determine Stidham isn’t the one to guide New England into the future, the Patriots will have about $100 million in cap space to possibly add the likes of Rodgers. 

At the end of the day, the mere speculation is fun and it gives us the fans something to talk about.  Rodgers in New England would immediately ramp up the chatter of a Patriots-Buccaneers Super Bowl of the ages. 

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Boston Sports Syndicate: It’s Fun to Think About, But Rodgers Isn’t Coming to New England
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