On Wednesday, Tom Brady announced his retirement from the NFL. Could this impact Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his upcoming decision on his future?
Rodgers is taking time to decide whether he wants to keep playing in the NFL or retire.
But what impact could Brady’s retirement have?
While Brady’s decision likely won’t directly impact Rodgers’, why it’s interesting is because it could create another opening at a potential landing spot for Rodgers.
Had Brady continued playing, he would’ve become a free agent in March. Potential landing spots for the seven-time Super Bowl champion included the Las Vegas Raiders and Miami Dolphins.
Now with Brady no longer an option for those teams, perhaps they would look at a potential Rodgers trade.
If a team like the Raiders were willing to sign Brady, that means going all-in. It would require spending in free agency and taking a win-now approach. A trade for Rodgers wouldn’t change that approach. The only difference is they would have to take on Rodgers’ contract and send draft picks to the Packers.
A trade to Las Vegas would be fascinating as it would reunite Rodgers with Davante Adams. It would also put him in the same division as Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, and Russell Wilson.
It’s uncertain what’s next at quarterback for the Miami Dolphins.
If they do enter the market for a veteran, perhaps a Rodgers trade could make sense now Brady isn’t available. Miami has the league’s best wide receiver duo and a talented defense. Rodgers could be a perfect fit in that offense.
But, like Brady, Rodgers needs time to make a decision.
If retirement is his choice, the Packers will turn to Jordan Love but won’t trade Rodgers elsewhere.
While Brady’s retirement won’t directly impact Rodgers’ future, it possibly creates one more quarterback opening.