Packers Starting QB Odds: Aaron Rodgers no (Drew) Lock?

Green Bay’s quarterback drama is opening new betting markets as books attempt to decode the message from reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers.

Drew Lock, currently the presumed No. 1 with the Denver Broncos, has 3-to-1 odds from to take the first snap under center with the Packers in 2021.

The Broncos have reportedly been in contact with the Packers about a trade after Rodgers’ displeasure with the front office, namely general manager Brian Gutekunst, became public prior to the 2021 NFL Draft.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and current Packers backup Jordan Love are second and third in the highly fluid tote board.

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Other intriguing names include Russell Wilson. At 7-to-1, Wilson has a salary in the same range as Rodgers’ and spent the end of his college career at Wisconsin.

Worth noting as dot-connecting dominates in the Land of Cheese: Seahawks GM John Schneider hired Gutekunst as a scouting assistant with the Chiefs in 1998. If ever an imaginative deal could be worked out involving two MVP-caliber quarterbacks, it would be between this pair of decision-makers.

The odds from on Rodgers’ next team unsurprisingly list the Broncos first at +200. The Las Vegas Raiders and San Francisco 49ers are both +900.

Lock, Bridgewater … And Rodgers in Denver?

Denver is pitting Lock and Teddy Bridgewater, acquired from the Carolina Panthers, in a competition to start in 2021. Team president John Elway, a Super Bowl-winning QB himself, is credited for landing the team in the Super Bowl again following the free agent courtship of Peyton Manning.

The Raiders are publicly supportive of Carr, but there’s no secret of Jon Gruden‘s affinity for golden-armed quarterbacks with Lombardi Trophy resumes.

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And the 49ers have kicked the tires on almost all available veterans in the market, including Tom Brady last spring. General manager John Lynch said he pursued a phone call with the Packers after the Rodgers reports surfaced.

If Rodgers starts Week 1 for the Packers, all wagers on the “first snap” market are settled as no action.

Packers Week 1 Starting QB Odds

  • Drew Lock 3/1
  • Derek Carr 4/1
  • Jordan Love 5/1
  • Russell Wilson 7/1
  • Tua Tagovailoa 8/1
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick 10/1
  • Jameis Winston 10/1
  • Teddy Bridgewater 12/1
  • Jimmy Garoppolo 15/1
  • Marcus Mariota 15/1
  • Taylor Heinicke 20/1
  • Brian Hoyer 22/1
  • Blake Bortles 25/1
  • Matt Moore 33/1
  • Robert Griffin III 33/1
  • Blaine Gabbert 50/1
  • Matt Barkley 50/1

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)