The NFL is really a 365-day business, a fact which has been on display over the past 24 hours. Tuesday afternoon, the news cycle went into overdrive hitting fans with quite the one-two punch of reports on two of the game’s elite quarterbacks.
First, FanDuel’s Pat McAfee shared that Aaron Rodgers will indeed be returning to the Packers in 2022, and with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport adding the details of the extension at four-years, $200 million. The end to what’s been over a year-long “will they, won’t they” saga between Rodgers and the Packers would be the dominating headline most days in the NFL, but Mar. 8, 2022 turned out to not be most days.
About an hour after the Rodgers news broke, ESPN’s Adam Shefter was the first to report that the Seattle Seahawks have traded nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. Like Rodgers, trade rumors had swirled around Wilson for over a year.
As is the case when any franchise quarterback is dealt, this move should have ramifications not just for both teams involved, but the whole league. There could even be a trickle-down effect that could help the Patriots and Mac Jones.