Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Colts rumored as potential country MVP candidate QB: report

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A new mock draft proposed that the Indianapolis Colts might pick up a rookie quarterback in the 2023 draft, but a ESPN report Jan. 24 revealed the team could trade for a veteran signal caller instead: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

The report, written by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, revealed that an NFC exec believes the Colts are capable of acting for them 4-time NFL MVP. Given the uncertainty surrounding Rodgers and Indianapolis’ pre-offseason situation, the Colts’ No. 4 pick is “an easy dangling point on a possible deal with Green Bay.”

After signing a 3-year extension valued at $150 million last off-season, Rodgers cap hits will be “about $15.75 million this year and $32.5 million next year,” according to Fowler. The Colts have $20.6 million in cap space this offseason, making a trade possible for Rodgers.

While Ryan said He plans to return to the NFL in 2023, the likelihood of it lying with the Colts is unlikely. Indianapolis could save $17.2 million if Ryan is axed this offseason.

Fowler believes the Colts’ greatest need is the quarterback.

“They absolutely need a quarterback,” Fowler wrote. “Despite a four-win season, the squad is not devoid of talent, particularly in defence.”

On the other hand, the Packers could turn to Jordan Love as a future starting quarterback. Love, a choice for the first round of 2020threw for 606 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in 2022. With one year left In Love’s rookie deal, the Packers could form him next year to see if they want to keep him after 2023.

“(Colt’s General Manager Chris) Ballard needs to get one [a quarterback] and get it right,” the NFC executive said in Fowler’s report.

As in previous offseasons, Rodgers is in control when it comes to his future. On the Pat McAfee showRodgers said he will make a decision about his future when the time is right, and also emphasized his willingness to do so change his contract whether he plays for the Packers or not.

The Packers ended 2022 with an 8-9 record, narrowly missing the playoffs. Rodgers had a down year during his 39-year-old season, throwing for 3,695 yards, 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. It’s interesting that Rodgers threw no more than 300 yards in a game all year round.

Still, it’s important to remember that the Packers’ lead receivers were Allen Lazard (who had less than 800 yards) and newcomer Christian Watson. With limited weapons, Green Bay narrowly missed out on a playoff spot even without Davante Adams. who had 1,500+ yards with the Packers in 2021 and was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders last off-season.

Rodgers could end up in a more favorable quarterback situation if he gets more firepower. Along with the Colts, the New York Jets are another team that could also try to trade for Rodgers.

“Some people in the league can see it — assuming the Jets work on that nearly $3 million ceiling deficit,” Fowler wrote in his report.

An NFC coordinator added that the skills of the Jets’ players could make New York an attractive target for Rodgers.

“‘This receiving corps is really talented and you know the defense is good,'” an NFC coordinator told Fowler. “‘They have pieces and they’re trending. I think they should definitely get a QB.’”

The Colts, on the other hand, could ultimately choose to draft and develop a rookie after starting three veteran quarterbacks (Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz and Matt Ryan) over the past three seasons. One of Fowler’s sources suggests otherwise, pointing to Rodger’s successful career as a major factor in why the Colts would trade for him.

“Maybe her [the Colts] just draft one (quarterback) and save the money, but Rodgers would be different than their other previous makeshift options because he’s a safer bet,'” an NFC executive told Fowler.

An NFC coordinator added that the skills of the Jets’ players could make New York an attractive target for Rodgers.

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