Mark Madden

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It sure sounded like QB Aaron Rodgers was saying good-bye to Green Bay after the Packers’ disappointing NFC Championship Game loss to Tampa Bay Sunday. 

That triggered wild speculation regarding Rodgers’ next team. Here’s a tweet from Pro Football Talk: 

That’s right, the Steelers are listed as a possibility. Cue local hysteria. 

I’d like to see Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, Matt Stafford, Jameis Winston and Ben Roethlisberger all compete at training camp to see who will be Dwayne Haskins’ backup. 

Duck Hodges signed with the Los Angeles Rams, so anything is possible. (Cue “Beverly Hillbillies” theme: “Come and listen to my story ‘bout a man named Duck…”) 

Rodgers seems most likely to go to San Francisco or the Rams. (The latter would be bad news for Duck.) Rodgers grew up supporting the 49ers and has a home near Los Angeles. 

The NFL’s older quarterbacks like the idea of switching teams late in their careers. Joe Montana did it in 1993 when he went to Kansas City after 13 seasons in San Francisco, and it’s trickled down to Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and now Rodgers. 

Local marks want the Steelers to acquire them all. They will get none of the above, except Haskins. 

When Roethlisberger quits, the Steelers’ next starter will be Mason Rudolph. It won’t be somebody who’s 37 (Rodgers) or 32 (Stafford), nor somebody who costs a ton. 

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