The possibility of star quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson leaving their longtime teams before the 2022 season arrives shouldn't be considered far-fetched. Both veterans publicly expressed frustrations with their situations last spring, and the NFL is bracing for a wild quarterback carousel.
If the former MVP signal-callers request trades this offseason, more than half of the league's teams will inquire, and game-altering dominoes could fall. And although it's unclear whether Rodgers and Wilson still express dissatisfaction, CBS Sports NFL reporter Jonathan Jones expects both players will eventually wear new uniforms.
"I don't believe Aaron Rodgers will be with the Green Bay Packers next year," Jones told The Zach Gelb Show on Tuesday night. "I've been saying since the preseason that, short of a Super Bowl win -- not just an appearance, but a win -- I believe he won't be with the Packers. We'll check back here in a month, after the Super Bowl, and see what that winds up being. I don't see Russell Wilson sticking in Seattle, just because he wasn't happy after a 12-4 season.
"It's hard to imagine he's going to be very happy there, right now. He's going to say all the right things because that's what Wilson's done his entire career. Yeah, he wants to win more Super Bowls, he'd love to do it in Seattle. But his football career isn't over... After last year, he's understood that he's going to move a little more smoothly this offseason..."
Rodgers, whose Packers (13-4) clinched the NFC's top seed, has performed at a high level this season. Through 17 games, the 38-year-old has thrown for 4,115 yards with 37 touchdowns and four interceptions, and hasn't committed a single turnover since Week 10. According to Spotrac, Rodgers comes with a cap hit of $46 million in 2022, and if he plays out that season, he'd be eligible for free agency during the 2023 league year.
As for Wilson -- whose Seahawks (7-10) missed the playoffs for the second time in 10 seasons -- his campaign was far more complicated. The 33-year-old played a career-low 14 games, due to a finger injury suffered in early October, and struggled to develop a rhythm during the second-half slate. He managed to end the season on a high note, however, and accumulated 3,113 yards with 25 scores and six picks. Wilson's cap hit will be $37 million next year, and he has a full no-trade clause.
The entire NFL conversation between Jones and Gelb can be accessed in the audio player above.