Why the latest Aaron Rodgers rumor is exactly why Titans fans shouldn’t want him in 2022

The Tennessee Titans have maintained this offseason that Ryan Tannehill will be the franchise’s starting quarterback in 2022.

Tannehill took a step back in 2021, doubling his interception total from the previous two seasons. But the Titans still believe he can be the guy that leads Tennessee to a Super Bowl appearance.

The feeling this offseason has been that Tennessee is not one of the teams in the mix to land Aaron Rodgers, who may or may not be on his way out of Green Bay (depending on what the hot rumor is on a particular day).

Despite the Titans’ insistence that Tannehill is their guy in 2022, the Rodgers to Tennessee rumors are still picking up steam.

Pro Football Talk reported this weekend that Rodgers has a potential deal in place with three AFC teams. The Titans, along with the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers, are believed to be one of those teams.

A to Z Sports’ Buck Reising reported early Saturday morning that Tennessee should be taken off Pro Football Talk’s list, based on his conversations at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week.

The Rodgers rumors aren’t going to disappear until he’s back in Green Bay or he’s officially traded.

The latest Aaron Rodgers rumor is exactly why Tennessee Titans fans shouldn’t want him in 2022

I understand why plenty of Titans fans want Rodgers in 2022. He’s a four-time NFL MVP (including the last two seasons) who will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Rodgers landing with the Titans could, in theory, be like Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But this isn’t the same situation. Rodgers isn’t Brady.

There’s a reason Rodgers hasn’t won a Super Bowl in more than a decade. He hasn’t even been to the Super Bowl since early 2011.

Why do we think he’s suddenly going to break that streak next season on a new team? It’s possible, sure. But it’s far from a certainty.

Rodgers invites drama. It surrounds him constantly. And that can have an insanely negative impact on a locker room. The Titans have a good thing going right now when it comes to their culture. Mike Vrabel has built a locker room that’s as solid as any in the NFL. The potential addition of Rodgers could destroy the culture that Vrabel has worked hard to build.

Right now, everyone is on the same “level” in Tennessee. There are no inflated egos. And that’s part of why the Titans were able to stick together through an incredibly trying season in 2021 (with an inordinate amount of injuries) and earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks off the field after a NFC Divisional playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Does adding a quarterback who will turn 39 next year and just lost as the No. 1 seed in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs (after a bye, like the Titans) really add that much to the Titans? Especially when the addition of Rodgers could bring un-wanted drama / tension?

I don’t know how accurate PFT’s report on Rodgers is. Based on Reising’s report, it sounds like PFT’s information is coming from the Rodgers camp. If that’s the case, then it illustrates what kind of person Rodgers is – self-centered. It shows that Rodgers is possibly trying to force his way into Nashville and force Tannehill – someone who has public support from the organization – out of Nashville. Rodgers essentially has no regard for Tannehill if this report is true (the Broncos and Steelers have an obvious need at quarterback, which is why their inclusion in this report makes more sense).

Beyond the culture / drama issue, there’s also the fact that Tennessee would have to get extremely creative financially to even make this happen. They’d have to find a way to dump Tannehill (likely after June 1 when his dead cap hit is more manageable) and probably restructure some contracts. Maybe other players would get released as well to make room for Rodgers (Taylor Lewan and / or Rodger Saffold?).

(Side note: Imagine the awkwardness if the Titans traded for Rodgers then waited until after June 1 to move on from Tannehill.)

I get it. The idea of ​​Rodgers in a Titans uniform is fun. It’s exciting. But the grass isn’t always greener. And I think the Titans would be sacrificing more than folks realize to make this a reality. I just don’t see how it’s worth it to blow up the organization’s well-executed plan to make room for a guy who hasn’t proved he can get the job done in January.

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