NOLA Saints not listed on Aaron Rodgers trade odds
By Kristen Wong
As the New Orleans Saints continue their search for a starting quarterback, they may consider the possibility of bringing on Aaron Rodgers in free agency.
They must also consider the more realistic likelihood that Rodgers isn’t coming to NOLA. They simply can’t afford him and now they don’t have their stellar head coach.
BetSided’s Brian Giuffra recently listed Rodgers’ odds of being traded to a number of different NFL teams, and unsurprisingly, the Saints weren’t listed.
The Philadelphia Eagles have the best odds of landing Rodgers at +150, followed by the Denver Broncos, The Field (which includes all teams not listed), the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New York Jets, and the New York Giants.
There’s a lot of head-scratching options, notably the Eagles who not so long ago backed Jalen Hurts as their franchise quarterback, and the Jets, who seem confident in 2021 No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson moving forward.
Don’t expect the New Orleans Saints to go all in on Aaron Rodgers
Given the Saints’ need at quarterback, NOLA *technically* could be in the running in the Aaron Rodgers sweepstakes in 2022, but they really aren’t.
New Orleans are currently 74 million dollars over the cap heading into the 2022 season, which doesn’t include the team potentially re-signing Marcus Williams and Terron Armstead.
Nearly all players’ contracts will be restructured, and even then, the Saints can’t afford to splurge on a high-profile QB like Rodgers, Jimmy Garoppolo, or Derek Carr.
After yet another disappointing early playoff exit, Rodgers will likely either hang up his boots or search for an immediate playoff contender.
After their own somewhat disappointing 2021 season, the Saints franchise stands on somewhat shaky ground, and the team will need to add a few additional pieces other than a starting-caliber quarterback to maintain a winning culture.
NOLA can dream all day about a veteran quarterback of Rodgers’ caliber joining the team, but that isn’t happening. Not this year, and not for the foreseeable future.