A Surprising New Team Enters The Aaron Rodgers Sweepstakes

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The Green Bay Packers are contemplating their future and its ties to quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The organization is reportedly open to trading the former MVP, and it has a bevy of NFL suitors.

Those linked to the talented passer include the Jets, Raiders, and 49ers, but a new team has apparently emerged as a contender.

The Carolina Panthers have reached out to the Packers about a possible deal according to NFL insider Adam Schefter.

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Carolina has been open about their plans at quarterback. Owner David Tepper previously stated that “all options are on the table” in regard to who will be the Panthers’ starter under center.

One of those options includes David Carr, whom the organization has been in talks with about the 2023 season. There’s also the possibility of having someone from last year’s roster continuing to take snaps, or the potential of taking a chance on a youngster in the NFL Draft.

“I don’t think you can make that decision based on the status of the division right now. Whatever decision we make is what is best not just for this year, but you’re looking on the horizon. Obviously if you draft a guy, you’re looking on a very long-term horizon. If you go free agent like we go Derek Carr, the nice thing with Derek is he’s gonna be 32 years old. So, it’s kinda prime quarterback years. So, there’s still a good five-year window there. Sure, we’re like every team—we wanna win the division next year. But we really have to look beyond that as well.” -David Tepper

Carolina is in need of an upgrade at quarterback, which leads many to believe they’ll aggressively pursue a proven veteran. Aaron Rodgers certainly fits the mold.

The 18-year pro has secured four MVP awards, including two over the last three seasons. He’s twice led the league in touchdown passes while also landing a Super Bowl victory in 2011.

He absolutely provides a better option than what the Panthers have seen over the last few seasons with Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and PJ Walker.

There are some who believe that Carolina is just a passer away from becoming a playoff contender considering they finished second in the NFC South despite their revolving door under center.

Maybe Aaron Rodgers can be the answer.