NFL: Predicting the week one starting quarterback for all 32 teams

NFL QB Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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NFL, Aaron Rodgers, Denver Broncos
NFL QB Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers goes to the Denver Broncos (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Denver Broncos: Aaron Rodgers

Here’s our first change, and it’s a big one. I didn’t think Aaron Rodgers would play the 2021 season in Green Bay and I have an even more difficult time believing that he will return in 2022. Green Bay has invested in the future and with so many pieces set to enter free agency this offseason, they can start a full rebuild.

As for the other side of the equation, the Denver Broncos have tried everything since Peyton Manning retired. The veteran route hasn’t worked. The rookie route hasn’t worked. The only thing left is to replicate the Manning move and go get Rodgers, a top tier quarterback looking to get one more ring.

The hiring of Nathaniel Hackett to be the next head coach in Denver seems to further this thought. Getting Rodgers’ offensive coordinator from Green Bay would lessen any learning curve for Rodgers, making the destination more appealing.

The most intriguing part of the entire Denver situation is the weapons. It’s similar to what Tom Brady got in Tampa Bay. The Broncos have a plethora of young talent at all the playmaking positions on the offensive side of the ball and have worked to secure those players for the long-term.

If Rodgers does in fact leave Green Bay and wants to keep playing, Denver is increasingly becoming the best fit. The price will be high for the Broncos, but it would be worth it.