A look at 50 players who simply cannot be traded by their current team without some serious repercussions in the 2017 NFL season
Trades aren’t exactly a common thing in football, but they do happen — mostly like we saw during the NFL 2017 Draft when picks were traded for future choices. Those are the moves that move the needle since usually when an actual player is involved they’re quiet like the one that happened when the Los Angeles Rams traded away offensive lineman Greg Robinson to the Detroit Lions.
There are others though which make waves. The Minnesota Vikings were part of a couple huge ones. One started a dynasty as they traded a massive amount of draft picks to the Dallas Cowboys for running back Herschel Walker. Another led to massive records as wide receiver Randy Moss went to the New England Patriots and set a record for receiving touchdowns as quarterback Tom Brady became the first guy to throw 50 touchdowns in a regular season.
Today however we won’t look at guys who could have a huge impact if traded, but rather guys who simply cannot be traded by their respective teams without suffering some form of extreme repercussions — either on the field or with their fans.
50. Ryan Tannehill, QB — Miami Dolphins
He may not be the hottest name in the league — and certainly isn’t among the elite in terms of quarterbacks — but Ryan Tannehill has finally asserted himself as the starter in South Beach. The Miami Dolphins have gone through some terrible seasons as the signal-caller position and can’t afford to lose the one guy since Dan Marino who actually looks capable under center.
He didn’t blow anyone away in his 13 games started last year — an injury kept him out of the last stretch of the year and post season. Tannehill finished with 2,995 yards on 67.1 percent passing. He had 19 touchdowns and 12 picks as well, which wasn’t great either. What was good though was his poise.
After a terrible start to the season Tannehill and the Dolphins were able to turn things around. They went 8-5 with him as the starter and his decision making improved greatly as the season went on. He failed to get his third consecutive 4,000-yard passing season, but may have finally won some people over.
Let’s be honest though. What really makes him untradeable is the cast that they’ve had since Marino. Tannehill offers much more hope than Jay Fielder, A.J. Feeley, Joey Harrington, Gus Frerrotte, Chad Pennington and Chad Henne. Enough said.
49. Tyrod Taylor, QB — Buffalo Bills
After spending four seasons as a backup quarterback to Joe Flacco with the Baltimore Ravens, Tyrod Taylor found himself a starting gig with the Buffalo Bills. Much like Tannehill in the spot before, Taylor has been a much better option than the team has had in recent years.
Since seeing Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly retire they’ve struggled to find someone to count on week in and week out. Over the past two seasons though Taylor has performed well and given them a chance every week.
In 29 starts Taylor has completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 6,058 yards. More importantly, he’s been careful with the ball as he has 37 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. Taylor has also been a bother for defenses with his legs as he has rushed for 1,148 yards and 10 scores in those two seasons as well.
Despite his play the team has yet to finish the season with a winning record the past couple seasons which led to questions about him returning this season. Eventually they came to their senses and found a common ground with a re-worked contract. Had they made the mistake of moving on, there would have been pretty much zero chance of coming close to a winning record.
48. Jason Witten, TE — Dallas Cowboys
This next one isn’t so much about performance on the field — although veteran tight end Jason Witten is no slouch despite being in the twilight of his career. Witten is important to Dallas not just for his ability to make key catches on third-downs, but also with the way he leads the team and holds others accountable.
One such example was shared by 2016 rookie quarterback Dak Prescott who said the All-Pro tight end made him “nervous as hell.” Here’s what the quarterback said on the matter on Sports Media’s Inside the Huddle (via Sporting News):
“It’s my first time throwing to Jason Witten. At this point I’m like, ‘Ah I’m nervous. I’ve gotta hit Jason Witten in stride.’ So I throw the ball. It wasn’t as tight of a spiral as it should have been. And Jason, I think if he sticks his hands all the way out, he catches the ball. But I guess this is his moment of showing me how detailed and how precise this league is, and how precise I need to be in everything that I do. And he just simply watches the ball go over his shoulder and fall.”
With such a young roster, having a guy who makes everyone strive to be perfect is a must. Witten is that guy for the Cowboys which means he cannot be traded without it causing a huge backlash from fans and teammates.
47. Bobby Wagner, LB — Seattle Seahawks
While he doesn’t get the same attention as some of the other members of the Seattle Seahawks stout defense, linebacker Bobby Wagner is one of the most integral pieces to what they do. Originally drafted in the second round out of Utah State in 2012, Wagner has become one of the most dominant tacklers in the game.
As a rookie he exploded onto the scene with 140 tackles and three picks — and has hit triple digits in the tackle category every season since. His least productive season to date came in 2014 when he missed five games, but still was credited with 104 tackles.
In 2016 he led the entire NFL with a career high 167 tackles on the season and added another 4.5 sacks — which was just a half-sack away from his career best as well. Wagner added another interception as well and now has six on his impressive resume.
Since head coach Pete Carroll took the job over in Seattle, this team has become a dangerous group. They’ve been led to wins for his entire tenure and the best tackler by far has been Wagner.
46. Jordan Howard, RB — Chicago Bears
He wasn’t even supposed to be the starter last season, but rookie running back Jordan Howard not only took over the role for the Chicago Bears, but also finished as the second leading rusher in the NFL for 2016. With 13 starts in 15 games played, Howard went for 1,313 yards on 252 carries. He managed 5.2 yards per rush and was the lone bright spot for an otherwise inept offense.
Now with the Bears heading into the new football year, they hope to find some improvement on offense. They signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon to a three-year deal and also moved up to the second pick in the 2017 NFL Draft to get Mitchell Trubisky out of North Carolina. The plan is to start Glennon and allow Trubisky to learn the offense for a year.
Whether that works or not has yet to be seen. Last time Glennon was a starter, the Bucs earned the No. 1 overall pick and took Jameis Winston to replace him. If he stays the starter here, or gets benched for the rookie earlier than expected, one thing remains the same — Chicago needs the spark Howard provides. They don’t have the kind of team that can rely solely on their passing game.
45. T.Y Hilton, WR — Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts aren’t really the deepest team in the league. A lot of that has to do with their poor drafting, like when they used a first round pick on Phillip Dorsett out of Miami in 2015. He has yet to make good on that lofty status and has 51 receptions for 753 yards and three touchdowns in his two seasons.
The problem was they took a guy who’s a carbon copy in terms of size and skillset to their star receiver T.Y. Hilton. Both men are undersized, but rely heavily on their speed. One huge difference is Hilton was a third round pick who put up numbers in his rookie season similar to what Dorsett has done in two.
With Hilton, they weren’t trying so hard. Instead, they stuck to their board, got the best player available and hit a home run. He’s been such a great find that his worst season to date was his rookie year when he had 50 receptions for 861 yards and seven touchdowns. Since then Hilton hasn’t gone under 1,000-yards in a season and has 30 career touchdowns.
They’ve struggled to find any other consistent help in the pass catching game, which means despite investing in the position — Hilton is an absolute must have for this franchise.
44. Joe Thomas, OT — Cleveland Browns
Things look to finally be headed in the right direction for the Cleveland Browns. They appear to have claim on pretty much any first or second round pick they desire moving forward after their collection of draft resources ended with even more trades — not to mention three first round picks in the most recent draft. They now feature a lot of youth, future draft stock and one of the better offensive lines in the game.
One player though offers not only a huge contribution to that line, but also a steady veteran voice is left tackle Joe Thomas. At 32 years old, Thomas is the elder statesman of the offense and was a high pick in 2007 when the Browns took him third overall.
Despite being part of an awful franchise for most of his career, Thomas has stayed true to Cleveland and has said he doesn’t want to leave for a contender. Instead, he would rather be part of the rebuild and wants to be on the field when Cleveland no longer is known as the “factory of sadness.”
A 10-time Pro Bowl player and seven time First-Team All-Pro, there’s no way the Browns would get the kind of return for Thomas they need in order to replace him.
43. Luke Kuechly, LB — Carolina Panthers
While no one could argue the value of linebacker Luke Kuechly before, his importance to what the Carolina Panthers do was on full display in 2016. The starting middle linebacker missed six games during the season due to concussion issues — although he was still named to the Pro Bowl for how well he played when healthy.
After going 15-1 the season before, thanks to a great defense, the Panthers missed the playoffs entirely and finished with a losing record. A lot of the issue was thanks to the team rescinding their offer to cornerback Josh Norman, who left for the Washington Redskins. A bigger part was the loss of Kuechly as the defense struggled as a whole whenever the anchor in the middle was sidelined.
Kuechly has now made four straight Pro Bowls and was a consecutive three-year nominee for the First-Team All-Pro from 2013 through 2015. The ninth pick overall in the 2012 NFL Draft has been a beast since joining the league and followed up his NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year season by winning the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2013.
If Carolina hopes to get back on the right side if the win-loss column, they need a healthy Kuechly. He makes it all work on defense.
42. Jalen Ramsey, CB — Jacksonville Jaguars
In 2015 the Jacksonville Jaguars were awful against the pass. They finished 29th in the NFL in terms of stopping opposing passing games as they surrendered 4,291 yards — which was an average of 268.2 per contest. They wanted to rectify that so the signed Prince Amukamara away from the New York Giants in free agency, but he was only a placeholder and is already on to the next team in his NFL career.
The real player who changed their fortunes was rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Selected fifth overall, the Florida State star entered the league full of promise — and of course confidence. Ramsey believed in his ability more than anyone else, which is a huge attribute for any player standing on an island trying to shut down star receivers.
His work slowing down number one wide outs helped Jacksonville climb all the way up to number five in pass defense ranking. In 2017 they gave up just 3,444 yards which equaled 215.2 per outing. His 66 tackles and two picks don’t even begin to tell the story of what he means to this franchise. Now he will be joined by former Houston Texans corner A.J. Bouye and former Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church. The Jags secondary looks vastly improved, but Ramsey is the one guy they can’t live without.
41. Joe Flacco, QB — Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens are boring. It had to be said. This is a tough team to watch try and play football — at least offensively. Defensively they’re a great team, and even if there’s unknown players at key spots — they shut people down. On offense though — blah.
At least the past couple of seasons they had the electrifying Steve Smith Sr. at wide receiver to shake things up, but now they will just have to rely on Mike Wallace and the recently signed Jeremy Maclin. Thankfully for them Maclin can now be added, because it would have been hard to expect Wallace to duplicate his success from a season ago with no one else to scare defenses.
Outside of those guys, they have a ho-hum running game. Terrance West isn’t very good — seriously he was cut by the Browns — Kenneth Dixon is suspended four games to start the season. That means it’s all once again being placed on quarterback Joe Flacco’s shoulders.
This offense would fall apart if not for his guidance. Sure, Flacco isn’t the greatest quarterback in the league, but he does win. That says a lot about his competitiveness given the lack of explosion around him.
40. Marcus Peters, CB — Kansas City Chiefs
He was kicked off the Washington Huskies program, but it didn’t force him out of the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The Kansas City Chiefs took cornerback Marcus Peters with the 18th overall pick despite him being team-less to end his NCAA career. A sideline tantrum was apparently all that it took for the college team to move on from him, although other reports emerged as well. The most disturbing centered around him choking an assistant coach. That report was disputed strongly by the Huskies and Kansas City felt comfortable enough with him after doing their homework.
Peters rewarded them by winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award thanks to his eight interceptions. He followed that up with another great year in 2016 and had six more picks. Teams are aware of how good he is, yet they keep testing him and Peters keeps winning the battles.
This is a team that’s hoping to turn the corner on offense soon after drafting quarterback Patrick Mahomes 10th overall. Until then, they rely mostly on their defense to win them games, and Peters is a huge part in ensuring they are able to do just that.
39. Terrell Suggs, OLB — Baltimore Ravens
We go back to Baltimore as we now check in with the Ravens all-time franchise leader in quarterback sacks, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. He’ll be 35 years old this coming October, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still vital to the team’s success. The 10th overall pick in 2003 out of Arizona State, Suggs played remarkably well in 2016 after returning from a serious injury.
In the season opener of the 2015 NFL year, Suggs tore his Achilles. He missed the rest of the year, and there were concerns how much the injury would affect him going forward. Other stars entering their twilight saw a loss of burst after recovering from the painful tear, but Suggs still was a more than capable player.
Granted, he had just 35 tackles on the season, which was far off his normal pace, but Suggs still terrorized opposing quarterbacks. He had a respectable eight sacks and hopes to do even better this year with more help around him thanks to a solid draft. Suggs enters the season with 114.5 sacks (44.5 more than anyone else in Ravens history). Trading him would hurt their defense, but even more so would surely upset fans that have grown to love his style of play.
38. Myles Garrett, DE — Cleveland Browns
This one is all about hope. The Cleveland Browns have been a terrible franchise for far too long. Just as we spoke about Joe Thomas and the stability he brings to the offense, that’s what they hope to get out of first overall pick from the 2017 NFL Draft, Myles Garrett. The defensive end out of Texas A&M obviously won’t have that strong veteran presence Thomas offers, but he can be a vocal leader that teammates will buy into.
Despite the team’s desperation for a quarterback, they went with Garrett. He was the consensus number one player available and now has the weight of an entire franchise on his shoulders. Garrett entered the draft with two seasons of double-digit sacks up until injuries slowed him down in 2016 and he had 8.5 in ten games.
Surely, the fans don’t expect them to go from 1-15 to a serious contender just yet. However, they do have high expectations for Garrett. What he’s supposed to bring is a fierce defender that makes life hard on every team the Browns face. As they slowly fix their offense, Garrett is supposed to be leading a defensive revolution, which makes him one of the more untradeable players in the NFL.
37. A.J. Green, WR — Cincinnati Bengals
We stay in the AFC North and look at wide receiver A.J. Green. The Cincinnati Bengals used the fourth overall selection on him back in 2011 as the Georgia product entered the league with a lot of hype. Standing 6-4 and 210 pounds, Green has prototypical size and a great work ethic.
His desire to perform was on full display at the end of 2016. Despite the team being out of the playoffs, Green wanted to play in the final game. The coaching staff decided after an injury filled campaign it was best to let Green rest and get healthy and ready for 2017. Reports emerged that Green was angry with the team about this decision.
Don’t expect that anger to last, because the only real issue was that Green didn’t want to take time off. He didn’t care that there was nothing to play for, but instead just wanted to be on the field with his teammates, trying to get his franchise a win. That’s the kind of guy fans can get behind, and other teammates — especially younger ones like rookie receiver John Ross — can learn from.
The six-time Pro Bowl receiver is a fixture in Cincy, and needs to stay that way.
36. Larry Fitzgerald, WR — Arizona Cardinals
This may be his last season — or who knows, it may not. Either way, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has earned the right to finish his amazing career out with the Arizona Cardinals. He was selected third overall in 2004 and has become the most iconic player in the Cardinals history. That’s saying something as this team has been around for 97 seasons and Fitz owns about every receiving record of note.
He has the most receptions (1,125), most touchdown catches (104), receiving yards (14,389), most seasons with 1,000 yards (8) and has the top three single season records for receptions after grabbing 109 in 2015, 107 in 2016 and 103 in 2005. To sum it all up — he’s a sure fire Hall of Fame receiver and the best to ever wear the Cardinals helmet. Fitzgerald cannot be traded because he’s still producing at a high level, and fans may revolt if he were sent packing before he was ready to retire.
He joined a franchise that needed help and fought hard to make them winners. He was an integral piece to their run to Super Bowl XLII and caught two touchdowns in a heartbreaking loss. Hopefully he isn’t done with the Red Birds after this season, but that decision is his thanks to all he’s done for this franchise.
35. Ezekiel Elliott, RB — Dallas Cowboys
Don’t expect it to happen, but the only way the Dallas Cowboys trade 2016 fourth-overall pick Ezekiel Elliott is if the Minnesota Vikings call with a Herschel Walker style trade offer for the running back. Considering how that trade worked out for both sides, it’s safe to assume Dallas is getting no calls.
Other than that, Zeke is staying put for the next few years at the very minimum. After losing quarterback Tony Romo to injury in 2015, the Cowboys struggled to find that one playmaker they could rely on. That’s the reason they used such a high pick on the exciting kid from Ohio State.
Romo then got hurt again in 2016, and the team felt they wouldn’t suffer as much since they could rely on Elliott to carry the load. Of course, no one expected fellow rookie Dak Prescott to step in at quarterback and do what he did, but Elliott did his part as well.
The rookie easily led the league in rushing with over 1,600 and added 15 touchdown runs as well. He was also a great weapon in the passing game, which they may want to see him be more involved in as we head into the 2017 season.
34. Kwon Alexander, LB — Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kwon Alexander has gone from an undersized linebacker who fell to round four after playing at LSU to one of the best players on a fantastic young roster. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have built a group of promising players with some solid drafting and they now feature a lineup of stars who are all incredibly young. The best one on their defense is the 227-pound Alexander.
It didn’t take long for Alexander to become a key cog in the Bucs defense. He started from the first snap of his rookie season, and played in 12 straight games before a violation of the substance abuse policy prematurely ended his campaign. After sitting out four games, he returned this past season and was a 16-game starter.
After registering 93 tackles, three sacks and two picks as a rookie, Alexander had 145 tackles, three sacks and another interception in his second season. As it stands now, the Bucs look to be one of those teams with a lot of potential to be great for the next few years. In order for them to do so, keeping a guy like this manning the middle of the defense is imperative.
33. Aaron Donald, DT — Los Angeles Rams
Defensive tackle Aaron Donald climbed up boards at a ferocious pace in advance of the 2014 NFL Draft. Originally thought to be a second-day pick thanks to being slightly undersized for his position, Donald heard his name called by the St. Louis Rams with the 13th overall selection. All he’s done since then is win the 2014 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award and make three Pro Bowls in three seasons and is known as one of the best pass rushers from the interior position.
His franchise has since moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles, and their team was pretty bad in their first season back in Southern California. They hope to see some improvement from 2016 first overall pick Jared Goff at quarterback, as well as a rebound year from running back Todd Gurley.
What they can’t afford though is to lose someone like Donald. The Rams have built a reputation over the past ten years as being a strong defensive line. With players like defensive end Chris Long now gone and fellow defensive end Robert Quinn struggling in recent seasons, the success of Donald is vital to the team becoming what they once were in terms of harassing quarterbacks and shutting down running games.
32. Carson Wentz, QB — Philadelphia Eagles
The second overall pick in 2016 was North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. He became a starter despite playing at a small school right away — thanks in large part to the Philadelphia Eagles somehow tricking the Minnesota Vikings into giving up a first round pick for Mr. Average Sam Bradford. Wentz had his bumps along the way, but proved to have the poise and mental make up of an NFL starter.
After the debacle that was the Chip Kelly era, the Eagles needed some hope. New head coach Doug Pederson worked with the brass in Philly to rid themselves of all the terrible signings made by Kelly. There was the trade of running back DeMarco Murray to the Titans, the trade of cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Miami Dolphins and of course the Bradford move.
Now all they need is to see Wentz take that next step. As it stands now, he’s the most important player in the Philadelphia Eagles’ attempt at a turnaround. They will go as far as he does, but with them struggling to find consistency at the spot in recent seasons, the hope he provides is a must have in the City of Brotherly Love.
31. Marcus Mariota, QB — Tennessee Titans
We stick with signal-callers as Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans is next on our list of untradeable players. He came into the league with serious ties to the aforementioned Philadelphia Eagles, as former head coach Chip Kelly did a terrible job of hiding how much he coveted his former quarterback from Oregon. Kelly offered a ton of picks and players for the opportunity to select him but, the Titans held on to the second pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and took Mariota. Thus far, they’re thrilled with their choice.
Mariota is a dual-threat quarterback, who has shown flashes of brilliance at the position. He can destroy teams with his legs, but us just as comfortable delivering strikes from the pocket. He also isn’t the least bit bothered by the Titans being a run first team with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry at running back.
The only problem has been a lack of weapons at his disposal. That seems to have been remedied as the Titans have added rookie receiver Corey Davis to the mix along with newly signed Eric Decker at the position. Suddenly Mariota has some weapons to beat people with, which makes him even more dangerous than he already was.
30. Philip Rivers, QB — Los Angeles Chargers
The San Diego Chargers are also taking the plunge. A year after the Rams moved back to Los Angeles, the Chargers will do the same. They plan to play in the rather small Stub Hub Center as they hope to earn some more loyal fans in the intimate venue. Part of winning fans over will be selling them on the opportunity to win.
In order to do so, a team needs a quarterback. For the Chargers they have that in Philip Rivers. Despite his struggles last season with turnovers, the veteran is a great player. He has no problem slinging the ball and despite throwing 21 picks in 2016, he kept on throwing and never seemed phased. Of course, that’s not an ideal approach, but having a guy who never gets fazed by mistakes is huge.
The confidence Rivers has in himself will be huge for them as they move to their new home. He’s the face of the Chargers, and has been ever since they drafted Eli Manning and swapped him for Rivers just a couple picks later. In the offseason they loaded him up with some new receivers and now it’s time to unleash him once more
29. David Bakhtiari, OT — Green Bay Packers
No team can do anything without some solid blocking. For a team that likes to throw it as much as the Green Bay Packers, that blocking has to come from the blind side. The cheese heads are very fortunate to have that position locked down with 2016 Pro Bowl left tackle David Bakhtiari.
After a slow start to the 2015 season, Bakhtiari climbed the rankins and then found himself the owner of a huge extension, keeping him with the team through 2020. They had to maneuver some to make room for his salary, but according to Bill Huber of Scout.com it was worth it as the steadily improving Bakhtiari was a force during the 2016 camp for Green Bay.
Bakhtiari had gotten better and better as his career had progressed. He was unbeatable during one-on-one drills in training camp this summer, going 14-0 by our unofficial tally, and had a strong debut at Jacksonville on Sunday. That the good news. The better news? He doesn’t turn 25 until Sept. 30, so there presumably is room for Bakhtiari to progress.
He carried that success over into the regular season and when all was said and done, the Packers were happy to have one of the best pass blockers in the game helping to keep star quarterback Aaron Rodgers clean.
28. Earl Thomas, S — Seattle Seahawks
He’s not as loud, or controversial, as some of his teammates, but Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas may be the most important member of the defensive secondary. The 14th overall pick in 2010 out of Texas, Thomas has been a fixture for the Hawks at safety and never missed a game until this past season. A hamstring injury was the first culprit, but a broken tibia finished him for good after just 11 games.
As the season finished up the team saw how much he meant to them. As good as fellow safety Kam Chancellor is at delivering bone crunching hits, Thomas is even better at playing coverage and slowing down passing games. With 23 career picks and 60 pass deflections, offenses have a hard time getting things moving when Thomas is on the field. He’s also an incredibly well rounded player as Thomas has 554 career tackles.
The 5-10, 202-pound Thomas has been rewarded for his hard work with five Pro Bowl nods (missing his first since 2011 this year thanks, no doubt, to the broken bone) and four First-Team All-Pro honors. The Seahawks need him back there as the quarterback of their defense for sure.
27. Matthew Stafford, QB — Detroit Lions
He was the top overall pick in 2009 out of Georgia, but quarterback Matthew Stafford failed to wow too many people initially. He had all the tools, mobility, poise and of course a cannon for an arm. He just wasn’t putting it all together consistently.
In his third season, Stafford was a monster as he threw for 5,038 yards with 41 touchdowns against 16 picks. He followed that up with a season in which his yardage was similar as he had 4,967. The problem was he threw one more pick and had 21 less touchdowns as he finished the season with 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
The up and down continued and as the 2015 season was coming to a close, some started wondering if the Lions bought into Stafford as the long-term answer. He seemed to get chunks of yardage, but threw too many bad passes and the team lost more often than they won.
Then he proved his worth in 2016. While the Lions only went 9-7, Stafford led the team to eight wins on the final drive. With the running game non-existent and the defense, a work in progress, he put the team on his shoulders and led them to the post season. Now he looks to take the next step in 2017.
26. Mike Evans, WR — Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Since joining the NFL in 2014, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans has been a machine. At 6-5 and 231 pounds, he’s built like a tight end — but has the speed and hands of an All-Pro wide receiver. He was able to impress as a rookie with 68 receptions for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns.
In year two, he was hoping to improve thanks to the team selecting former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. The two improved the receptions and yardage totals for Evans, but his touchdowns dipped to just three.
Then this past season, the two really got on the same page. Evans had a career high in receptions (96), yardage (1,321) and tied his rookie season with 12 touchdowns. His long arms and incredibly strong hands are a huge reason he was so dominate as Winston had no issues lobbing contested passes up for grabs, knowing full well Evans would likely win the battle.
In the offseason, Tampa went out and got some other weapons to surround Evans with. They made a huge splash by signing deep threat wide out DeSean Jackson, then added rookie receiver Chris Godwin and tight end O.J. Howard. The focus defenses will have to pay those guys will only work to make Evans that much more dangerous.
25. Jay Ajayi, RB — Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins did something epically dumb last year. They signed former Houston Texans running back Arian Foster after a few years of serious knee injuries and decided that since he was now over 30, he would miraculously heal. Of course, he didn’t. Instead the Dolphins started him for four games — and he was awful. Finally, he retired, but the team still didn’t want to turn the ball over to the best option they had all along in Jay Ajayi.
It made no sense because Ajayi was insanely good at Boise State. A knee injury caused concern and led to him dropping to round five, but after what was pretty much a redshirt rookie season the London-born Ajayi was ready to go. Miami tried everyone they could before eventually giving him the rock — and he went off.
Ajayi racked up more than 200 yards in each of the next two games, and added a third for good measure at the end of the season. He was the catalyst to their turnaround, which saw them go from bottom dwellers to a playoff team.
Heading into 2017, Ajayi needs to be the focal point of the offense. If they make him such to start the year, he has a shot at competing for the rushing title as he came close despite not starting for the first quarter of the year.
24. Eric Berry, S — Kansas City Chiefs
Coming out of Tennessee safety Eric Berry was supposed to be a difference maker. The Kansas City Chiefs thought as much when they used their fifth-overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. So far, they’ve been beyond happy with the choice they made. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie and has done so four other times since then. On top of that he was named a First-Team All-Pro three times as well including in each of the past two seasons.
Berry’s not only a sensational safety, but he also has been an inspirational story for the Chiefs as well. In 2014 he was diagnosed with cancer and played in just six games. It was up in the air from there what the future would hold for Berry, but he was able to get back on the field in 2015 and looked like he hadn’t missed a step.
In addition to his Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro nod, Berry earned the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award for his play. The Chiefs recently locked him up long term, and Berry is not only an emotional leader for them, but also one of the best safeties in the entire league.
23. Vic Beasley, Jr., OLB — Atlanta Falcons
Clemson has become a powerhouse for churning out NFL talent as of late. In 2015 best player they produced was edge rusher Vic Beasley, Jr. He wound up being selected by the Atlanta Falcons, who desperately needed an upgrade on defense. After a slow rookie season in which he was adjusting to the pro game, Beasley broke out last season.
The Falcons became a much better defense in 2016 and Beasley was the biggest reason why. Lined up as a pass rushing outside linebacker he wound up leading the league in sacks with 15.5. His rise had a lot to do with Atlanta becoming the best team in the NFL as they nearly won the Super Bowl.
Heading into 2016 Beasley won’t have to do as much on his own. Atlanta signed defensive tackle Dontari Poe and drafted defensive end Takkarist McKinley. They also added a talented linebacker in Duke Riley out of LSU as this defense is starting to become a fearsome unit under head coach Dan Quinn’s guidance.
Even with all those new weapons, Beasley is the guy that makes it all work. Without the attention he draws from blockers, the defense as a whole would struggle.
22. Khalil Mack, DE — Oakland Raiders
All the talk leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft was about how South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was an athletic freak and a sure thing as a pass rusher. The Houston Texans believed it and took him first overall, and pairing him with J.J. Watt was supposed to make them a super team on defense.
Four picks later, the Oakland Raiders selected another defensive end who had been getting some love — albeit nowhere near as much as Clowney was getting. Their choice was Buffalo pass rusher Khalil Mack, and he’s run circles around Clowney to this point.
While the top pick has struggled with health, Mack is fresh off his first NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award and was named to his second Pro Bowl. In three seasons he has 30 sacks, including a career high 15 in 2015.
The Raiders are surely an offensive-first team and they win thanks to the play of quarterback Derek Carr and receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. They struggle some on defense, which makes Mack that much more important as he’s the one guy they have capable of turning that unit around. Some more pieces have been added, but Mack is the engine that makes them go.
21. Zack Martin, OG — Dallas Cowboys
In the same 2014 NFL Draft where Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack were selected, there was this quarterback named Johnny Manziel. He played for the Texas A&M Aggies and was a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan. He even had met owner Jerry Jones before the draft and the two thought it would be like a fairytale to have Johnny Football wind up in Big D and led the team to the promised land.
As fate would have it, the Boys were ready to pick and Manziel was there for the taking. Jones reportedly wanted to make the splashy move, but his son, Stephen, and their fellow decision makers put their feet down and didn’t allow it. Instead they took Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin.
He became the third first-round pick used on offensive linemen in recent years, and was the right move. Manziel is out of the league and Martin was just named to his third Pro Bowl in as many years. The 310-pound right guard is considered by most to be the best in the league at his position and he’s absolutely untradeable for the team that built a massive wall of offensive linemen.
20. J.J. Watt, DE — Houston Texans
In 2011 there was a lot of hype around Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt. He was quickly rising up boards as scouts loved his measurable (6-5 and roughly 290 pounds) and insane work ethic. He would end up the choice of the Houston Texans, and he has forever changed the franchise.
The young team has never had that star quarterback to be the face of their franchise, but Watt has given them that huge popularity which usually comes with such a player. He’s won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award three times to this point in his career. He’s also the only player in league history to record 20-or-more sacks in a single season two separate times.
In 2016, he was sidelined with a back injury, and some may have forgotten how dominate Watt was before that injury. He played 2015 with tears in his core muscles, and had to have surgery after the year. He also suffered a broken hand, but pretty much rubbed some dirt on it and kept going. By season’s end he had won his third player of the year award.
No player in the league has meant as much to their team as he has to Houston in recent years, and trading them would not only hurt their production, but fans may absolutely lose it.
19. Tyron Smith, OT — Dallas Cowboys
It’s one thing when your teammates heap praise on you, like when Zack Martin calls Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith the perfect blind side blocker. Those kind of compliments are great, but it’s easy to chalk it up to someone hyping up a friend and teammate. When guys from other teams start doing it too, that’s when you know it isn’t just hype.
After landing at number 18 on the NFL Networks Top 100 list, Smith was praised by several guys he has gone up against over the years. None were more complimentary that Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy who called Smith a “demigod.” Here’s what he had to say per Jon Machota of Dallas Sports Day:
“I don’t even think he’s a person. He might be some sort of mutant or metahuman or demigod or something. Ain’t no way you look like that and play like that.”
Smith has developed into a four-time Pro Bowl player after going ninth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft out of USC. He was still incredibly young at the time and didn’t turn 21 until December of his rookie season. He now is widely regarded as the best left tackle in the game and the scary part is he’s just 26 years old. The Cowboys have arguably the best o-line in the game, and Smith is the ultimate piece in that puzzle.
18. Ben Roethlisberger, QB — Pittsburgh Steelers
He caused a mini-panic by saying he was considering retirement, which is the exact proof needed in order to show Ben Roethlisberger’s importance to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was the third quarterback taken in the insanely loaded 2004 NFL Draft. After seeing Eli Manning go number one overall and Philip Rivers fourth, Big Ben was the next off the board at No. 11.
While all three have been franchise leaders since being taken, none have been as good as Roethlisberger. He’s won two Super Bowls and is one of those players that a team believes can lead them to a win no matter what the circumstance is.
Pittsburgh has tried to find his future heir by drafting Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs, but there’s still no way they’re ready to move on from the 6-5, 240-pound gun-slinger. The hope in the Steel City is surely that the 35-year old will spend the next few seasons instilling wisdom upon the young quarterback and in a few years there will be a smooth transition.
The fact is though, if Big Ben wanted to play another 10 seasons, the Steelers would surely let him. He’s one of the two most recognizable quarterbacks for a team with a fantastic history.
17. Odell Beckham Jr., WR — New York Giants
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. is not without his warts. He’s way too emotional at times and one of his outbursts led to the league changing rules. He and former Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman got into it so bad during a game in 2015 that they made it an automatic disqualification for two personal foul penalties. That wasn’t his only outburst as he was widely picked on for beating up a kicking net one day as well.
None of that makes OBJ expendable though, because the man is an absolute nightmare to stop. Since coming into the league three seasons ago the explosive wide out has never had less than 91 receptions and 1,305 yards receiving (both came in his rookie season when he missed four games). He also has never gone for less than ten touchdowns. In all, Beckham has 288 receptions for 4,122 yards and 35 touchdowns.
No other player has had that kind of impact in such a short time. The Giants now know that no matter what kind of explosion he has — or boat trip he takes — Beckham needs to be on their roster. He opens everything up and is a huge fan favorite as well.
16. Julian Edelman, WR — New England Patriots
Following a breakout season in 2013, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman became a free agent. He was fresh off a season where he caught a career high 105 receptions for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns. Yet, he drew hardly any interest from anyone. In the end he signed a four-year deal with the Pats for $17 million.
Maybe people thought he was just a one-hit wonder, but he proved that idea is false. Edelman went on to catch 92 passes the following season and 61 in nine games the next year which was shortened by injuries. In 2016 he played in every contest for the Patriots and had 98 receptions and a career high 1,106 yards through the air.
Again, Edelman signed a new deal, this time a two-year extension for another $11 million. So to recap, not only is he the most reliable receiver on their roster, but he’s also incredibly selfless and is willing to take less than market value to continue to help the team that he loves win championships.
The 6-0 receiver is a fan favorite and has the most reliable hands on the team. He means way too much to New England to ever be able to simple send him to another team without angering a lot of fans — as well as his teammates.
15. Cam Newton, QB — Carolina Panthers
There was a time when people had started to question quarterback Cam Newton’s ability to lead his team. There were reports that he was selfish and would give the impression that he was whining on the sidelines. One of the biggest critics against him was wide receiver Steve Smith, but once he was gone, the quarterback seemed to finally have the attention of the team as their leader.
It all came together in 2015 when the dual-threat Newton won the NFL MVP award for his outstanding season. He led Carolina to a 15-1 record and they ended up representing the NFC in Super Bowl 50. The result wasn’t what they hoped for as the Denver Broncos defense made life miserable for Newton in defeat.
2016 was a bad year as it seemed injuries and a Super Bowl hangover affected the usually fun-loving Newton. He struggled with consistency issues and showed some signs of his former immature ways — like when he was benched for an opening drive for one game.
14. Jordy Nelson, WR — Green Bay Packers
A second round selection out of Kansas State in 2008, veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson has developed into one of the best players in the entire NFL. It took him a few seasons to develop as Nelson didn’t cross the 1,000-yard mark until 2011 when he had 68 receptions for 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Despite that, Nelson has always been underrated by major outlets. Greg Jennings was the man getting all the attention until he left for divisional rival Minnesota in 2013. Even after that it seemed like a lot of love went toward Randall Cobb, the explosive wide receiver who lined up all over the field.
However, in 2015 Nelson’s importance was highlighted. A torn ACL cost him his entire year and Green Bay wasn’t the same team. Cobb struggled to find all the open lanes he was used to with Nelson lined up opposite and even star quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed just a tad off. They still were a great team for sure, but the absence of Nelson was plain to see.
In 2016 he returned and went for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns on 97 receptions. Nelson earned the Comeback Player of the Year honor for his return and is still the biggest offensive weapon in Green Bay not named Aaron Rodgers.
13. Jameis Winston, QB — Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The arrow is pointing up in Tampa Bay. That’s because the Buccaneers have done a wonderful job of drafting in recent seasons. Wide receiver Mike Evans has been a top-flight player since coming in from Texas A&M and they’re adding the talented O.J. Howard this season.
Defensively they’ve also added some talent with linebacker Kwon Alexander, defensive end Noah Spence and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. Some talented vets like cornerback Brent Grimes, safety J.J. Wilcox and receiver DeSean Jackson have been sprinkled in — but none of what they want to do works without quarterback Jameis Winston.
Famous Jameis came out of Florida State and had a lot of questions. He had been accused of some serious wrongdoings off the field, which he was ultimately cleared of. He also did some minor — but dumb — things like stealing crab legs.
Despite that, he has seemed to mature for the Bucs and is becoming one of the better young passers in the game. Should the Bucs decide for some crazy reason to trade him, all their work from the past few seasons would be undone. Winston is far too important a player for this team to even consider life without him right now.
12. Matt Ryan, QB — Atlanta Falcons
There are a couple of reasons Matt Ryan can’t be be traded right now by the Atlanta Falcons. One is he’s the reigning MVP. After a few seasons of struggling, there started to be whispers about whether or not Ryan had what it took to lead his team where they wanted to go. Then it seemed like it all clicked for him and Ryan was hoisting the award for the best player in the league by the time the football year was in the books.
From there Ryan led the Dirty Birds to the Super Bowl. The Falcons then fell apart, and had the biggest choke job in Super Bowl history by losing a 28-3 lead and dropping the game in overtime. None of that is solely on Ryan, and he has the right demeanor to move forward following the heartbreaking loss.
Another reason he can’t be traded is the stability he brings. After the whole Mike Vick fiasco, the Falcons needed someone they could trust under center. They drafted Boston College’s Ryan and since then he has played in all but two games and has been the epitome of a professional. Atlanta still has enough youth that they should stay competitive for a while, but Ryan is clearly their leader and they need him.
11. Drew Brees, QB — New Orleans Saints
They’re coming off three-straight 7-9 seasons but that’s not because of their quarterback. Drew Brees has been every bit as good for the New Orleans Saints as he ever has in his career. He’s coming off his fifth year with more than 5,000 yards passing. This time he went for 5,208 yards and 37 touchdowns while completing an impressive 70 percent of his passes.
Brees has been the face of the Saints since joining them in 2006 and as long as he’s under center, they have to feel like they have a shot in any game. Unfortunately, the defense has been so bad in recent seasons that this isn’t the case. They finished near the bottom in every statistic on that side of the ball and therefore Brees has had to try and win via shootouts.
Heading into 2017, New Orleans hopes to have gotten him some help finally. They got a stellar corner in Marshon Lattimore and a good safety in Marcus Williams. Offensively, they tried to help him too. They spent their second first-round pick in the draft on Ryan Ramczyk and they also picked up veteran running back Adrian Peterson. The Saints hope for one more magical run out of Brees, and he’s good enough to make them think that’s not a crazy idea.
10. Dak Prescott, QB — Dallas Cowboys
He wasn’t supposed to start as a rookie, but he did. He wasn’t supposed to be ready to play under center, but he was. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was seen as a project player after playing in a spread offense for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Originally third on the team’s depth chart, the fourth-round pick became the number one guy following a broken leg for Kellen Moore and a broken bone in the back of Tony Romo.
From there he never looked back. Prescott led the Boys to a 13-3 record on the season and one of those losses he was benched early — with a lead even — as they prepared for the post season. When the year was over he had become the only quarterback not named Tom Brady to go for over 3,500 yards and 20 touchdowns while throwing less than five interceptions.
2017 is incredibly different for Prescott. Rather than being an unknown rookie taken in the middle rounds, he’s now the face of the most visible franchise in the league. He was also ranked No. 14 on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players List.
He gives the Cowboys hope that they will continue to be a contending team for years to come, making him an untradeable commodity.
9. Le’Veon Bell, RB — Pittsburgh Steelers
Currently the Pittsburgh Steelers and running back Le’Veon Bell are needing to figure things out as far as a contract is concerned. He’s been the most productive back they’ve had in recent memory, but they need to find a common ground to keep him in the Steel City.
After being suspended for four games to start the year, Bell showed how much he means to the team upon his return. In 12 games he had 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. In addition to that, he added 75 catches for 616 yards and two more scores.
Despite missing time for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, Bell’s name was mentioned in MVP talks. His ability to perform as both a runner and a receiver was remarkable as he was in a class with just him and David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals.
Eventually he and the team will be able to come to terms on a new deal which will keep him in town for his prime. As long as he learned from his recent suspension, there’s no reason to think he can’t be the top guy in the league in total yards from scrimmage for Pittsburgh.
8. Julio Jones, WR — Atlanta Falcons
In 2015 the Atlanta Falcons relied heavily on wide receiver Julio Jones. He set franchise records for receptions and yards that season, but the team decided they didn’t want to rely so heavily on him going forward. They went out and signed former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu to a sizable contract to be their number two receiver.
They also started to rely even more on running backs Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman as pass catchers for them. Going forward they also believe that fellow receivers Taylor Gabriel and Justin Hardy can have big roles for them.
The best of the entire bunch though remains Julio Jones. Not only is he amazing for them, but is the all-time leader in average yards receiving per game in the NFL. Just because he won’t see the kind of pass targets he did in 2015 doesn’t mean that he isn’t the most valuable member of their offense.
2016 MVP quarterback Matt Ryan would likely try and claim that role, but even he wasn’t the player he is today before Jones arrived. The Falcons made a huge move to trade up for Jones and so far they haven’t been disappointed at all.
7. Andrew Luck, QB — Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts love running their heads into a brick wall over and over with the hopes that one day it won’t hurt. First their owner watched a general manager build a team by drafting quarterback Peyton Manning and hope he could make everyone else better. The result was one Super Bowl ring when Manning was talented enough to win them five at least. Then Jim Irsay fired that general manager and went with Ryan Grigson. He was worse.
Grigson did the same thing with quarterback Andrew Luck. He surrounded him with an atrocious offensive line, gave them no good defensive players and drafted a receiver exactly like one they already had. Then he went into free agency and signed the University of Miami class from the early 2000s in wide receiver Andre Johnson and running back Frank Gore. Shockingly enough, none of that worked.
To date all they’ve done is get Luck hurt and fail to maximize his talent. Poor Andre Luck isn’t even heading down the same road as Manning, as he’s getting a progressively worse cast of players around him and there’s little hope they can ever win another Super Bowl as long as the incompetent Irsay is involved. Without Luck though, they probably wouldn’t even be capable of four wins. He’s one talented guy on one really bad club.
6. Antonio Brown, WR — Pittsburgh Steelers
There has already been mention of running back Le’Veon Bell and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but they aren’t the only Pittsburgh Steelers to make out 2017 NFL 50 most untradeable list. They now have been joined by wide receiver Antonio Brown — who actually tops the list for Steelers.
Brown was a sixth-round pick out of Central Michigan and after a year with minimal participation, he became a stud in 2011. During his second season, Brown had 69 receptions for 1,108 yards. He missed three games the following year and finished with 66 receptions for 787 yards. That was the last time he had under 1,000 yards or 100 receptions.
The five-time Pro Bowl receiver had his best season in 2015 when he brought in 136 receptions for 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns. Despite knowing the ball is coming to him early and often, defenses simply can’t stop Brown. He’s a true playmaker and the entire Steelers offense would dip big time without him.
On top of that, he’s the kind of player fans love. He is funny in his endorsements and gets people involved with his antics — including his Facebook Live incident which may have upset some inside the organization.
5. Russell Wilson, QB — Seattle Seahawks
No one thought the kid who played at Wisconsin for one season after transferring from North Carolina State could do anything in the NFL. Russell Wilson was a great player at both colleges and excelled against elite talent. The problem though was that he measured in under 6-0. Due to that height, he wound up falling to round three in the 2012 draft.
He joined the Seahawks right after they signed former Green Bay Packers backup Matt Flynn to a sizable contract. Then head coach Pete Carroll said Wilson may win the job and everyone scoffed. He then was named the starter and all the Hawks have done is gone 56-23-1 in five seasons. They’ve never finished worse than 10-6 and have been in the Super Bowl twice — winning one of them.
Part of what makes Wilson so good is his maturity. He has been a fantastic as he’s only thrown double digit picks twice in his career (10 as a rookie and 11 in 2016). For his career, Wilson has 127 touchdowns to just 45 interceptions. He’s added another 13 touchdowns on the ground and gives the team a chance to win in each and every contest.
4. Derek Carr, QB — Oakland Raiders
Not only will it be pretty much impossible to trade him thanks to his new deal, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr can’t be sent away from his team. Recently signed to a deal that makes him the highest paid player in the NFL, Carr has become a fantastic player and leader for the Raiders.
He took over a franchise that hadn’t had a winning season since 2002 and, in his third season, he led them to a postseason berth and double-digit wins. The players around him love the way he conducts himself and Carr has led them to wins despite the defense being suspect at best.
On top of that, he’s handled the recent news of the team having to move from Oakland to Las Vegas like a seasoned pro, despite being a guy with just three seasons under his belt.
The younger brother of former first overall pick David Carr, Derek has been able to do for Oakland what his brother couldn’t for the Houston Texans. He says he learned a lot from seeing things go wrong for his brother — although anyone who thinks that was all David Carr’s fault needs to go look at the roster he was given — and has used those lessons to become one of the best in the game.
3. Von Miller, OLB — Denver Broncos
Nobody meant more to the Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 win than outside linebacker Von Miller. He was the second overall pick in 2011 out of Texas A&M and instantly became a force for them. As a rookie he had 11.5 sacks and everyone knew they made the right choice. After winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award, he followed that up with 18.5 sacks in 2012 when he was given his first of three First-Team All-Pro selections.
Miller has had only one season in which he didn’t get double-digit sacks. That happened in 2013 when he missed seven games on the season.
He’s a joy to watch in the field as his sack celebrations are often a thing of beauty. He’s also great to see off the field as he’s the proud owner of a chicken farm in which he’s named the animals after some of his teammates.
Miller was given a huge deal after dominating Super Bowl 50. He harassed quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers the entire game and made their explosive offense look inept. Denver can beat anyone if Miller is on top of his game, making him the one player the Broncos cannot stand to be without.
2. Tom Brady, QB — New England Patriots
Not everyone on this list has been as great as Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. They also aren’t all close to 40 years old like he will be during the 2017 season. The thing is with Brady, he hasn’t been looking anything like a guy who is anywhere near the end of his career.
Brady has guided the Pats to seven Super Bowl appearances and they’ve now won five of them. Despite being 39 years of age, he led the most remarkable comeback in history of the big game this past season when they returned from a 28-3 deficit against the red-hot Atlanta Falcons.
Even before that game, Brady was absolutely untradeable. He’s the most popular player in New England history and could go down as the greatest of all time when his career is over. Fans of the team also love him more than any other player to ever play for this franchise. The support shown for him during the entire ridiculous Deflategate showed as much as the passionate people of Boston came to his defense like crazy.
Pairing the love fans have for him with the crazy talent he still has makes Brady the one player that they can’t send away — even though this team sure loves to trade vets away.
1. Aaron Rodgers, QB — Green Bay Packers
And the No. 1 most untradeable player in the NFL heading into the 2017 season is none other than Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Super Bowl champion Rodgers came into the league in a less than impressive way. After the San Francisco 49ers passed on him in favor of Utah’s Alex Smith, Rodgers fell all the way to the 24th pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.
His fall was hard to watch, but he wound up in the perfect position with the Packers. He sat for a few years behind the legendary Brett Favre and eventually the team sent him to the New York Jets and decided to turn to Rodgers.
All he’s done since then is get named to six Pro Bowls and won two MVPs. Rodgers is also the current leader for quarterback rating in the NFL.
Each and every season that the Packers trot Rodgers out, they know the sky is the limit. For his career Rodgers is 90-45 as a starter and he and the Packers have won double digits every season since 2009 with him starting (except for 2013 when he broke his collarbone and they were 6-3 with him under center).
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