Peyton Manning doubts Broncos will trade for Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass in the second quarter during the game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.  Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Manning doubts Broncos will trade for Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

Peyton Manning finished his Hall of Fame career with the Denver Broncos. He doesn't believe reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers will do the same. 

Appearing on MLB Network as part of the MLB All-Star Game festivities in Denver, Manning said he believes Rodgers will play the 2021 campaign and remain with the Green Bay Packers. 

"Obviously, I hope he plays somewhere this year," Manning said, according to's Nick Shook. "The fact that Aaron Rodgers might not play this year, I can't fathom it. He's too good of a player. Too fun to watch for the fans. I personally hope it's in Green Bay. That's what I see him as. I hope they can kinda make amends and work [it] out. That team is so close, if he were to leave there it'd be a major change, obviously, for them.

"My gut is he's not coming to Denver. My gut is Denver's gonna have Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater be their quarterback. At this point, you gotta kinda know what your plan is, you can't be having a new quarterback three weeks before the season."

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported earlier this month that the Broncos were still "monitoring" Rodgers situation in Green Bay. So, it's hard to rule out Denver as a potential landing spot at this point, especially considering the veteran quarterback still hasn't made amends with the franchise. 

However, the Packers don't want to trade Rodgers, and they've remained adamant about that since the signal-caller's rift with the franchise was made public. 

If Green Bay was to give in and move Rodgers eventually, the three-time MVP is reportedly intrigued by the Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders as landing spots. 

The 37-year-old recently said at the American Century Championship, a celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe, that he plans to "get back to working out and figure things out in a couple weeks." So, only time will tell if he decides to return to Green Bay for another season. 

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