Amari Rodgers’ days in Green Bay appear limited
The Green Bay Packers don’t have an elite wide receiver unit. Their wide receivers corps is considered to be one of the worst in the NFL season. As weak as the unit is, even with the team being shorthanded in Week 1, wide receiver Amari Rodgers didn’t play a snap.
This week was telling about quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ feelings about his second year with Amari. In an interview, Aaron answered a question about Amari’s fit on the Packers by saying, “he’s returning for us now.” The response indicated Aaron doesn’t think much of Amari’s talent as a wide receiver. Amari responded to Aaron’s comments by acknowledging he hasn’t earned Aaron’s trust.
It’s possible he might not earn Aaron’s trust before the Packers decide to move on from Amari. The Packers traded up in the 2021 draft to pick Amari. Now the Packers find themselves in a position where they may want to trade the Clemson product after just a year and some change in NFL.
Where Amari could be traded
Atlanta Falcons: The Atlanta Falcons have a weak wide receivers room this season. The team’s passing game is different without Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. The Falcons’ strength in the receiving game is their tight end, Kyle Pitts. The Falcons could trade for Amari to help quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Packers should look to trade for Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones.
Tennessee Titans: The Tennessee Titans are a playoff-caliber team trying to figure out their passing game after a 2021 season with A.J. Brown and Julio Jones. The Titans’ passing attack looked competent against the New York Giants in Week 1, but they could use a versatile wide receiver like Amari on their roster to pair with Ryan Tannehill.
Indianapolis Colts: The Indianapolis Colts will be competing for a playoff spot this season. Veteran quarterback Matt Ryan has a solid target in Michael Pittman. But the team could use more in their receiving arsenal. Rookie Alec Pierce had a rough showing in his NFL debut. Amari could add some help until Pierce is more comfortable with the Colts’ offense.
More options will be available later in the season
The Packers will be able to trade Amari later in the season as more wide receivers become injured around the league during the season. Teams that will be competing for the playoffs can sometimes overvalue players in a trade. If the Packers can wait to find the right trading partner, the Packers should get something useful in return for Amari. Amari appears to have skills and might do better in a new system with a new quarterback.