The Aaron Rodgers drama continued Tuesday when NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said the Green Bay quarterback is recruiting players to another unnamed team.
Rodgers became a hot topic during the first round of the NFL draft when news broke that he was reportedly not content with his situation in Green Bay. The Packers have made an offer that would make him the highest paid quarterback in the league, according to a report from The Athletic.
The 2020 MVP is not happy with the way things have been going in Green Bay, which became even more evident on Tuesday.
“We know that Rodgers has talked to several different players about joining him somewhere else,” Rapoport said. “However, of course as we know, the Packers have zero plans whatsoever to trade him.”
Several offshore sportsbooks have adjusted their odds for Rodgers staying with Green Bay. He was a -275 favorite at BetOnline to take the first snap for the Packers in Week 1 when the props were initially released.
BetOnline has adjusted that number significantly since then. They now have Rodgers at -140 to take the first snap, listing the takeback price at +100. Bovada is slightly more confident, but it is also not offering a two-way market for this prop.
It has Green Bay at -175 to have Rodgers for the opening game of the season. There has also been the rumor of Rodgers just retiring from the NFL if Green Bay does not trade him, but sportsbooks are not expecting that to be the end result.
He is +300 to retire before Week 1, according to BetOnline. Bovada has him at +400 to retire before the regular season. It has Denver listed at +120 to have Rodgers for the opening game of the season.
The Broncos have already traded for Teddy Bridgewater and they also have Drew Lock on their roster.
“We’re happy with the two quarterbacks that we have here,” Denver general manager George Paton said after the draft. “Drew is working hard every day and Teddy is going to bring experience to the room and some leadership. We are really excited for both quarterbacks. We’re always looking to improve positions, and quarterbacks is another one. But we like who we have.”
BetOnline also has a prop for who Green Bay will start at quarterback if Rodgers is not on the team. The Packers made headlines when they drafted Jordan Love with the No. 26 pick of the 2020 draft, so it’s not surprising that Love is the +150 ‘chalk’ to be the starter if Rodgers is dealt elsewhere.
Lock is listed at +400 to be the Week 1 starter, while current Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr is also +400. Bridgewater is priced at +500. The prop only has action if Rodgers is not the starter, so bettors could find value on Lock or Bridgewater if they think a trade is going to be made.
BetOnline has Brian Gutekunst at -3000 to still be the Packers general manager in Week 1.