Peyton Manning may have ended his career with the Denver Broncos, but he does not envision the same for Aaron Rodgers.
The two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, who is in Denver for the All-Star Game festivities, said on MLB Network that he “can’t fathom” Rodgers not playing this year, although he doesn’t see a scenario in which he lands with the Broncos.
“I hope he plays somewhere this year. The fact that Aaron Rodgers might not play this year, I can’t fathom it,” Manning said, via ProFootballTalk. “I personally hope it’s in Green Bay. That’s what I see him as. I hope they can make amends and work it out. That team is so close, if he were to leave there it’d be a major change, obviously, for them.
“My gut is he’s not coming to Denver. My gut is Denver’s gonna have Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater be their quarterback. At this point, you’ve kind got to know what your plan is. You can’t be having a new quarterback three weeks before the season.”
Rodgers, 37, did not report to OTAs or mandatory minicamp as he is reportedly disgruntled with the organization.
Veteran players are scheduled to report to Packers training camp on July 27, but it is still unknown if Rodgers will indeed be there.
The Broncos have long been rumored as a possible trade destination for Rodgers, although the Packers have remained steadfast that they have no intention on trading the reigning league MVP.
During a charity golf tournament last week against Tom Brady, Rodgers was asked if he will be the Packers quarterback Week 1.
“I don’t know,” he said. “We’ll see.”