The Green Bay Packers could look a lot different in 2022. There is a chance that their two biggest stars, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Davante Adams, both move on this offseason. Could they both end up with the Denver Broncos?
Green Bay is facing some salary cap issues that will lead to some difficult decisions needing to be made. Rodgers’ future is up in the air and Adams could very well be tied to it. Adams cut off contract extension talks last offseason as he wanted to see the direction the franchise would be going in.
After a disappointing early exit, there could be some major changes. If Rodgers and Adams want to continue their partnership, there aren’t many teams that could take them both on. But, there is one team that it could possibly work with and that is the Denver Broncos.
Could the Broncos take advantage of the situation in Green Bay and leverage it into a huge win for themselves? They were a borderline playoff team last season when Teddy Bridgewater was healthy and will be in the market for a quarterback again this offseason.
Rodgers would be a huge upgrade for them at the position, something they need desperately. Playing in a division against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers and Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders, you need an explosive offense to keep up.
Landing Adams along with Rodgers would just be icing on the cake. The Broncos have an impressive group of pass-catchers already, but Adams would elevate them to another level.
What would it cost to land both of them in a package deal? It certainly wouldn’t be cheap. Davante Adams would be a sign-and-trade deal, as he is an impending free agent. In addition to the new salary, the Packers would have to be compensated with draft capital or players as well.
Would something such as Denver’s 2022 first and second-round pick and their 2023 first-round pick, along with wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and tight end Albert Okwuegbunam be enough to entice Green Bay to part ways with their offensive franchise cornerstones?
For a team facing some salary cap issues, adding players on cost-controlled, affordable contracts in the first and second rounds is a positive. Jeudy was the No. 15 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and could blossom as a true No. 1 in an offense as creative as the one Matt LaFleur runs. Okwuegbunam has averaged over 10 yards per reception in his career and wouldn’t have to compete with someone with the upside as Noah Fant in Green Bay.
Getting equal value for one star, let alone two, is never an easy thing. But, if the Packers’ hands are forced, this is a pretty solid takeaway for them. Trading away Aaron Rodgers, in addition to their salary cap restraints, means a retooling was on the way. This trade will help them jump-start that process and remain competitive with some high-upside talent being infused on the roster.