With Tom Brady’s retirement decision looming, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be in the market for a new quarterback. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could be on his way out of the franchise, which would make it worth the Buccaneers’ time to inquire about Rodgers’ availability.
In the divisional round, the Buccaneers and Packers were eliminated in their respective games against the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers. These two teams have questions to answer at the quarterback position. For the Buccaneers, it was reported that Brady is mulling retirement. If that is the case, then the Buccaneers need to move swiftly to find Brady’s successor.
The NFL is a quarterback-driven league and the Buccaneers will need a proven quarterback to stay at the top of the NFC South. If they lose Brady without finding a quarterback who can lead them to the playoffs, then they will run the risk of falling behind the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, and Carolina Panthers. If Brady decides to retire, the Bucs need to be in the market to find a reputable replacement.
Being the immediate replacement for the greatest quarterback of all time is not a desirable position for any quarterback. With that being said, if anyone can fill Brady’s shoes it would be Rodgers. Rodgers is the favorite to win the MVP award for the second consecutive season. The Bucs would be replacing one MVP candidate in Brady with another one in Rodgers.
Similar to Brady, Rodgers’ career is up in the air for next season. Retirement, returning to the Packers, and leaving for another team are all on the table for Rodgers.
The Packers were eliminated from the playoffs by the 49ers at Lambeau Field on Saturday, Jan. 22. It was a game that the Packers blew their lead in during the fourth quarter.
It has been rumored that the Denver Broncos could be a potential destination for Rodgers since they hired former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. The Broncos would need help around Rodgers in order to make the postseason since they went 7-10 in 2021. If Rodgers is traded to the Buccaneers, he will be joining a 13-4 regular season team that just won the Super Bowl in 2020. Brady helped design an immediate winner in Tampa in 2020, which makes it easier for Rodgers to jump right into a winning situation.
There is also a possibility that wherever Rodgers ends up, he will be joined by his Packers teammate, Davante Adams. The Buccaneers need to look into Rodgers because it could place them right back into Super Bowl contention for 2022 even if they lose Brady to retirement. Brady’s decision will have an impact on the Buccaneers, but they can remain competitive by trading for Rodgers.