This 2021 Packers-Colts Trade for Aaron Rodgers is a Good Match if Green Bay Wants to Start Jordan Love

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers | Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers strapped a ticking time bomb to Aaron Rodgers' chest a few weeks back, as the selection of Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the 2020 NFL Draft means that Rodgers could play elsewhere within the next few years if Green Bay wants to start the Love era early.

If Rodgers plays the final years of his career elsewhere, the Indianapolis Colts would be a perfect landing spot, given the lack of a franchise guy between an aging (aged? decrepit?) Philip Rivers, Jacoby Brissett, and Jacob Eason.

Indianapolis should be willing to part with a first and third-round pick in exchange for Rodgers. Even considering his standout play, that is a justifiable return for Green Bay given the fact he is owed a lot of money over the next three seasons, and the fact he will be 38 in December of 2021. Plus, they must see something in Love.

After bizarrely refusing to get Rodgers perimeter weapons in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Packers would have plenty of ammunition to get Love some receivers in this trade. Rodgers, meanwhile, heads to a team run by a sharp offensive mind in Reich that plays indoors and has a solid front office that will get him weapons. If he leaves Green Bay, Indianapolis makes a lot of sense.

Ballard has shown that he's willing to trade away premium picks, and unless Eason makes some noise this season, Indy does not have their long-term answer at quarterback. Rodgers would give the team a few years of stability during which they can compete for a Super Bowl.