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Las Vegas Raiders, Denver Broncos lead Aaron Rodgers trade favorites

If an Aaron Rodgers trade is indeed in the cards, it seems the AFC West has a great chance to be the next division the Green Bay Packers MVP plays in.

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Apparently the teams in the AFC West who don’t have quarterbacks named Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert want reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers to help level out the balance of power.

Granted, it’s still a +550 bet that Rodgers won’t take the Green Bay Packers’ first snap in 2021, but if he does get traded, it seems the Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos will be at the front of the line trying to acquire him.

The latest Sports Betting listings have the Raiders as a +700 favorite, followed closely by their division rival in Denver (+900). The next teams on the list may surprise you, including the franchise that actually employs Herbert!

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Check out how the list of Rodgers’ suitors shakes out:

TeamAaron Rodgers trade odds
Las Vegas Raiders+700
Denver Broncos+900
Los Angeles Chargers+1000
Cleveland Browns+1200
Miami Dolphins+1200
New Orleans Saints+1200
Washington Football Team+1400
Carolina Panthers+1400

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Breaking down best Aaron Rodgers trade destinations

Breaking down best Aaron Rodgers trade destinations
Dec 19, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

It hardly makes sense that the Los Angeles Chargers are the third favorites to land Rodgers. They already have Herbert, and wouldn’t be getting nearly as many years out of the Packers signal-caller compared to the bright future they seem to have with the 2020 draft’s No. 6 overall pick.

The Cleveland Browns are an intriguing spot, because they’re built to win now. Chances are, though, they’ll continue to ride it out with Baker Mayfield under center.

Given what the Raiders would have to give up just to get Rodgers, the fact that their division is so tough and their defense is an abject disaster, that should be among the last places Rodgers wants to go.

In Denver, on the other hand, he’d have a great skill position group with receivers like Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler and Tim Patrick, along with tight end Noah Fant. The Broncos also actually have a defense, but they may have to sacrifice multiple starters to land Rodgers, which would be worth it.

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Rodgers would be just the spark the Miami Dolphins need to become legitimate Super Bowl contenders. They have plenty of draft capital to offer Green Bay, and could even throw Tua Tagovailoa in as part of a trade package, giving the Pack’s succession plan more flexibility as Jordan Love looms as an unknown.

The Washington Football Team has an exceptional defense, and with Rodgers, they’d be the prohibitive favorites to win the NFC East. That could be an appealing path for Rodgers to take, yet Washington might have to part with at least one of its marquee defenders to make a trade happen. It’s also a traditionally dysfunctional organization.

Maybe the Carolina Panthers swoop in and nab Rodgers even after trading for Sam Darnold. It’d be a bummer for the young QB, but who could blame Carolina for getting Rodgers to make an immediate championship push?

Rodgers is likely to see the New Orleans Saints as an attractive destination. One major problem, though: They can’t afford him.

The best, most realistic destinations for Rodgers seem to be in this order: 1) Dolphins (+1200); 2) Broncos (+900); 3) Panthers (+1400). We’ll see what happens.

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