With rumors swirling that the Denver Broncos are interested in trading for Aaron Rodgers, the AFC could be shaken up in a major way. The KC Chiefs would no longer be the team to beat in the conference.
Ever since the 2016 season, the Kansas City Chiefs have dominated the AFC West. During that time, they’ve steamrolled their divisional foes and won five straight division titles on the way. The past three years have seen the Chiefs become the team to beat in the AFC, as they’ve hosted three straight AFC Championship Games and made it to two Super Bowls, winning one in the 2019 season.
Well, if the rumors are true about the Broncos seriously in trade talks for the services of Aaron Rodgers, then the Chiefs’ run in the conference and the division could be in jeopardy (pun intended).
Everything with Rodgers took off hours before the start of the first round of the draft, as it was reported by Adam Schefter that Rodgers was “disgruntled” with the Packers. After guest hosting Jeopardy a few weeks ago, Rodgers has options for life after football. He could be using that as leverage or he could demand to be traded.
One team that I thought of immediately when the Rodgers news surfaced was the Denver Broncos, who are a quarterback away from being a scary team.
The KC Chiefs would have a much tougher time in the AFC if the Broncos landed Aaron Rodgers.
Since Peyton Manning retired following the Broncos’ 2015 Super Bowl win, Denver has been in quarterback purgatory. No matter who they tried to slot in at the position, nothing has seemed to work. It’s been pretty clear that they’re not impressed with 2019 second-rounder Drew Lock and there’s no doubt that Rodgers would be a huge upgrade from both Lock and recently acquired Teddy Bridgewater.
While the Broncos news definitely took off minutes before the first round of the draft was set to begin, Mike Klis of 9News noted that there isn’t any truth to the rumor.
If Rodgers were to go to Denver, he’d have plenty of firepower with Jerry Jeudy, Noah Fant, K.J. Hamler, and Courtland Sutton. He’d also have Melvin Gordon to hand the ball off to and for one of the few times in his career, he’d have a decent defense to protect his lead. The last time the Packers truly had a good defense, Rodgers and company won the Super Bowl.
The Broncos have been a quarterback away from being a contender pretty much since Manning retired. If they go from having Lock, who has definitely struggled, to Rodgers, who would take full advantage of the weapons Denver would have for him, they’d finally be the team to beat. Not just in the AFC West either, but the entire conference.
Chiefs fans are going to call me crazy for being nervous about these rumors because Vic Fangio isn’t anywhere close to Andy Reid’s level and Patrick Mahomes is still the best quarterback in the league, but Rodgers is coming off an MVP season. He threw 48 touchdowns last year to just five interceptions and looked as good as ever.
I don’t want the Chiefs to have to face him two times a year for the next three or four years. No thank you.
Hopefully, Rodgers either becomes the next host of Jeopardy or the Packers trade him to another team because the Denver Broncos are the last team I want him to land with.