Report: Raiders Brain Trust Won’t Chase Aaron Rodgers
Apparently, the Las Vegas Raiders won’t be chasing Aaron Rodgers this upcoming offseason, regardless of what star receiver Davante Adams suggests.
Raiders general manager Dave Ziegler spoke to reporters at the NFL Combine on Tuesday. Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels began interviewing top quarterback prospects on Monday night.
According to Vic Tafur of The Athletic, Ziegler and McDaniels agreed not to contend in the Aaron Rodgers sweepstakes. One of the reasons for this is Rodgers’ price tag in the form of a trade, something the Raiders can’t afford with the number of holes in their roster.
Tafur claimed that the Raiders wouldn’t be able to outbid the Jets for Rodgers’ services.
As far as Adams’ preference, he is well respected enough in the organization to have a say in who his next quarterback will be, but he is not the general manager.
“Davante … he’s earned the right to be kept in that loop,” Ziegler said to The Athletic. “Josh and I feel that way, by what he’s accomplished and who he is as a player and who he is as a leader on that team. … And Davante knows he’s not selecting who the quarterback is, but he’ll be involved in the process, and we’ll bounce some ideas off him.”
Las Vegas has the seventh overall pick in this year’s draft. All options are on the table for the Silver and Black, but it seems that management wants to select a young quarterback for the future.
If not Rodgers…
Ziegler, McDaniels and the Raiders know that there isn’t any pressure to win right away this season. Not even from ownership. They would definitely be more inclined to select a younger quarterback and build their team for the future.
“[Drafting a young QB] is just a philosophical thing that you have to make a decision on,” Ziegler said. “And you have to be aligned from the top of the organization down if you draft a young guy and you’re going to commit to that person sitting all year and learning. I think you just have to have that communication on the front end because there might be some things to stomach.”
Before Tom Brady retired, it was rumored that he could potentially head to Vegas. But I seriously never even envisioned that. It’s obvious that the Raiders are simply not ready to compete in their division in 2023.
I was always on the train that they should draft an uber-talented quarterback this season and groom him to compete later. Management seems to agree with me.
The Raiders have all their options on the table. If I were them, I’d take one of the quarterbacks that are available at the seventh pick. Todd McShay of ESPN has Vegas landing Kentucky quarterback Will Levis in his mock draft.
Up until recently, I believed Anthony Richarson could end up as a Raider. Now it seems he won’t be available at the seventh pick.
In any event, the Las Vegas Raiders will end up with a quarterback after this year’s draft. I don’t think it will be a veteran like Rodgers, however.
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