ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio recently shared why he believes current Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could end up playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
For now, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers are set at quarterback for the upcoming season with Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers, respectively. But the situation under center could be changing for both teams as early as next year.
The Steelers have made everything sound like Roethlisberger is going to come back from his elbow injury in 2020 and be better than ever. However, no one really knows how things will turn out for the Pittsburgh quarterback until he actually hits the field.
As for Rodgers, his future with the Packers didn’t seem like it was ending anytime soon until the team decided to trade up for former Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft. Now it’s possible that Green Bay could be making a switch under center as soon as 2021.
Whenever the Packers eventually decide to part ways with Rodgers, the entire league is going to be keeping a close eye on where he lands. With Roethlisberger not getting younger and his contract expiring in 2022, the Steelers have actually been thrown in the conversation as a potential destination for the longtime Green Bay quarterback.
During a recent radio interview on Pittsburgh’s 97.3 The Fan, ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio shared his thoughts on the possibility of Rodgers suiting up in the black and gold uniform one day.
"“I think Rodgers is highly motivated to never be regarded as the villain. To never be viewed as the bad guy. He’s going to do the opposite of (Brett) Favre. Favre couldn’t wait to get to a team in the NFC North to compete with the Packers.I think Rodgers will try to get as far away as possible. Go to a team in the other conference. And the Steelers, that would make a hell of a lot of sense to me.”"
Rodgers is currently 36-years-old and during his last two seasons with Green Bay, he’s thrown a total of 51 touchdowns to just six interceptions while also appearing in all 16 regular-season games in five of the last six years.
As a replacement for Roethlisberger, the Steelers would probably rather draft someone who they can have lead their franchise for more than just a few seasons. But Pittsburgh could also add Rodgers and have their young quarterback sit for a year or two until he’s ready to start.
The Steelers’ current situation under center isn’t anything close to being in shambles thanks to the presence of Roethlisberger. But with his tenure close to the end, the quarterback position is going to get a lot more interesting for Pittsburgh than it has in a very long time.