It what he billed as his own “beautiful mystery” over the past two years, Aaron Rodgers finally made a decision on his future, deciding to return to the Green Bay Packers next season. While some outlets have reported he’s agreed to a four-year contract worth $200 million, Rodgers has indicated he hasn’t signed anything quite yet. Regardless, it’s clear the problems he had with Green Bay’s drafting of Jordan Love and subsequent failure to add the weapons he’s wanted in the past have been smoothed over and A-Rod seems poised to finish his career in the land of cheese as he’s at least indicated he’s officially staying. His decision sends a ripple effect throughout the league and in dynasty fantasy football formats. Let’s take a look at the players whose values have been affected with Rodgers’ decision.
Aaron Rodgers, QB GB
A-Rod has been nothing short of amazing the past four seasons, averaging more than 4,000 yards passing, with 136 touchdowns and just 15 total interceptions. In short, that’s just sick. Rodgers has cemented himself as a QB1 in dynasty leagues and will remain there as long as he’s playing the game. The challenge with him in dynasty leagues is the fact he’s 38 years old. Father time is still undefeated and if Tom Brady can finally give in, Rodgers will shortly follow. Still, he’s a prime trade candidate for contending teams as a player who could call it quits in a year or two, but still bring you one or two fantasy titles in the meantime. With Davante Adams back, expect another dominant season from A-Rod.
Jordan Love, QB GB
Well, that should do it. With a new deal for Rodgers imminent, the Packers will likely look to rid themselves of Love, whose drafting by Green Bay started the saga in the first place. With Rodgers in tow, there’s little reason to have Love sit around long-term. Green Bay will likely shop Love to a quarterback needy team like Denver, Carolina, Tampa Bay, New Orleans, or elsewhere. Love has failed to impress in limited action, but this year’s draft isn’t exactly brimming with signal caller talent. Look for Love to be moved for a late round pick, a move our QB29 really needs at the moment.
Davante Adams, WR GB
After securing the services of Aaron Rodgers for the long haul, the Packers quickly turned their attention to Adams before the franchise tag deadline expired. The one year pact is likely just a placeholder as Green Bay will now try to hammer out a long-term deal with their star receiver after tagging him today. With Adams and Rodgers both returning to Green Bay, Adams’ ranking of WR9 could get a little bump, though he does have a bit of a ceiling since he’s 29 years old. He, along with A-Rod, make for perfect targets if you’re a contending dynasty team.
The return of Rodgers helps both Green Bay running backs. After all, teams just get shredded by Rodgers and Co. if they stack the box against the run. Expect a heavy dose of both runners again next season, though Dillon is gaining value while Jones is losing it. They may be 1A and 1B as a tandem, but Dillon is starting to look more like the “A” than the “B.” Regardless, having Rodgers back will help both these players as Dillon will get his goal line work and Jones will get his short passes, making each dangerous in dynasty leagues.
If there’s a hole for the Packers to fill, it’s probably at receiver again. I’d reserve judgement on these two (and the others on the roster) until we see how free agency plays out. An addition like Allen Robinson would be a great one for Green Bay, though it would adversely affect the values of the other receivers. While Adams and the running backs seem poised for a repeat, let’s wait and see here.
2021 NFL Draft Receiver Class
If the Packers choose to address the position this year (finally), this could be a premier landing spot for Drake London, Treylon Burks, Garrett Wilson, Jameson Williams, Chris Olave or a whole host of others. Green Bay is surely going to address receiver in some fashion and landing here would improve the draft stock of any young receiver.
Ryan Tannehill, QB TEN
With Rodgers deciding to stay in Green Bay, it looks like Tannehill may have dodged a bullet. Still, the fact Rodgers negotiated a trade deal with Tennessee doesn’t exactly signal a vote of supreme confidence. He should be back, but he needs to be better.
2021 NFL Draft, Free Agent and Trade Target Quarterbacks
With Green Bay off the board, the likes of Jimmy Garoppolo, Carson Wentz, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, Kenny Pickett, Malik Willis, Matt Corral, Teddy Bridgewater, and Desmond Ridder are all looking for a different home.
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