QBS ON THE MOVE
Colts reportedly trade QB Carson Wentz to Commanders
Quarterback Carson Wentz is on the move again. Just one year after the Philadelphia Eagles traded Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, the Colts are reportedly trading him to the Washington Commanders.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Commanders are sending two third-round draft picks to the Colts and taking on all of his remaining salary, which is quite a haul for a guy who made some of the most puzzling throwing decisions of the entire 2021 season.
Russel Wilson To The Broncos
It’s not Aaron Rodgers, but the Denver Broncos made their splash play for a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday the Seahawks and Broncos agreed in principle on a trade sending quarterback Russell Wilson to Denver for a massive haul, including multiple first-round draft picks, plus additional picks and players, per sources informed of the decision.
The full package for Seattle, which also sent a fourth-round pick Denver’s way: two first-rounders, two second-rounders, a fifth-rounder, quarterback Drew Lock, defensive tackle Shelby Harris and tight end Noah Fant, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
The trade is pending a physical and Wilson waiving his no-trade clause, and it cannot be finalized until the new league year begins March 16.
The Broncos were the only team Wilson was interested in going to, Rapoport reported.
“My understanding was this was the only team Russell Wilson wanted to go to,” Rapoport said Tuesday on NFL Total Access. “A couple teams had talked to Seattle about trading for Russell Wilson. Washington Commanders were among the teams that made an offer. It was a big offer, as good or even better than this. Russell Wilson wanted to go to the Denver Broncos. It’s a place he likes … and they have a roster that is essentially stacked at receiver, on defense, at running back. All they needed was a quarterback, and they got one.”
The future of the nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback had been in question in Seattle for more than a year, despite Wilson insisting this offseason he wanted to remain with the Seahawks.
Aaron Rodgers Resigns With The Packers
Aaron Rodgers, Packers agree to four-year deal as QB becomes highest-paid player in NFL history
Aaron Rodgers will be back with the Green Bay Packers in 2022 — and potentially beyond. The reigning NFL MVP agreed to a four-year, $200 million extension with the Packers that will make him the highest-paid player in NFL history with a $50 million average annual salary, CBS Sports NFL Insiders Jason La Canfora and Jonathan Jones confirmed.
Rodgers will receive $153 million guaranteed as part of the extension, NFL Network reported, creating significant amounts of salary cap space available for the Packers (approximately $21 million). Rodgers considered retirement and potentially a trade to the Denver Broncos or another team as other options, but this commitment to the Packers suggests the team’s all-time passing touchdowns leader will finish his career in Green Bay.
Rodgers posted on social media that while he will be back with the Packers, the reported terms of his deal are inaccurate.
Stafford To Get Big Day
The reigning two-time MVP is staying in the NFC for the foreseeable future. The Packers and Aaron Rodgers are closing in on a four-year extension worth a reported $200 million, ending the seemingly endless drama between the team and quarterback.
The Rams probably wouldn’t have minded if Rodgers went to the AFC, but as the defending Super Bowl champions, they’ll welcome any and all challenges next season so long as they have Matthew Stafford at quarterback – which they do, and should for many years to come.
The Rams are prioritizing a contract extension for Stafford this offseason, knowing he only has one year left on his current deal. Nothing is imminent right now, and after seeing Rodgers’ hefty raise, Stafford could be in for a similar bump in pay.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Rodgers’ deal is worth $200 million over four years, including $153 million guaranteed. That’s $50 million per year, making Rodgers the highest-paid player in NFL history, up from his previous salary of $33.5 million per year.