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Aaron Rodgers trade scenarios: Ranking seven 2021 landing spots for the Packers QB

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Aaron Rodgers trade scenarios: Ranking seven 2021 landing spots for the Packers QB

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CBCsport – Aaron Rodgers isn’t going anywhere, at least for now. That’s what Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur suggested immediately after his team traded up to use a first-round draft pick on none other than quarterback Jordan Love, sparking debate as to whether the reigning NFC North champions intend to part ways with their future Hall of Fame starter sooner rather than later.

Not everyone is entirely convinced Rodgers is locked in as Green Bay’s QB of the long-term future. Brett Favre, the same legend who gave way to Rodgers more than a decade ago, said this week he believes No. 12 will finish his NFL career elsewhere. And while Love may very well spend multiple seasons learning behind Rodgers before even getting the chance to take the field, it’s conceivable — from purely a financial perspective — that LaFleur and Co. could look to make the transition as soon as 2021.

As Over The Cap reports, the Packers can save $22 million in 2021 salary cap space by trading Rodgers after June 1 that year, not to mention an additional $22.6M in 2022 and $28.3M in 2023. That, to be frank, is a lot of dough, especially considering Rodgers’ big deal would seemingly prohibit Green Bay from making a quick switch to Love.

Now, is it likely the Packers will try to trade Rodgers so soon? Not necessarily. Who’s to say he won’t take the team right back to the NFC Championship this season? But if, for whatever reason, the Packers want to do so, they won’t exactly be hamstrung.

Where, then, could Rodgers end up? We put on our hypothetical cap and looked ahead to 2021, keeping in mind that teams who figure to struggle mightily in 2020 might end up using the draft, not free agency, for a new QB. That, plus needing to wait until June to trade their longtime franchise QB, could make it difficult for a Rodgers market to materialize.

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