No decline in sight for Aaron Rodgers; Packers could trade Brett Hundley

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- With free agency just two weeks away, it’s a good time to take a look at whom the Green Bay Packers have returning and what they might need to add this offseason at each position.


Under contract for 2017: Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley, Joe Callahan.

Free agents: None.

Position review: This was the tale of two quarterbacks. The 4-6 version of Rodgers completed 63.2 percent of his passes with a 6.7 yards per attempt average and 25 touchdowns against seven interceptions. Over the final six games, all wins, he completed 71 percent of his passes with an 8.3 yards per attempt average and 15 touchdowns without an interception. His passer rating in the first 10 games was 96.0 compared to 121.0 over the final six.

“He took his game to another level,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said shortly after the season.

Hundley, who played lights out during his rookie preseason, was limited to only one summer exhibition game in his second year because of an ankle injury and made five appearances in mop-up duty in the regular season and playoffs combined.

Callahan, an undrafted rookie who may have been the Packers' MVP of the preseason, was the No. 3 QB for the first month of the season before he was released. He spent time with the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns before he returned to the Packers, first on the practice squad and then again on the roster late in the year.

Position outlook: Rodgers turned 33 in December and was hit with a pair of muscle injuries -- a hamstring and calf -- last season. Yet Rodgers showed through the final six games and during the playoffs that he is still one of the best, if not the best, in the league.

Brett Favre was 35½ when the Packers drafted Rodgers -- and that only happened because Rodgers fell into Ted Thompson’s lap -- so there’s no reason to even think about picking his replacement.

Rodgers said after the NFC Championship Game loss that he thinks he has "a number of years left in me [where] I can play at a high level."

The Packers probably will look to trade Hundley after this coming season, and he could be a valued commodity if he turns in another good summer in 2017. Thompson used a fifth-round pick on Hundley and should be able to fetch something higher in return. His mentor, Ron Wolf, had success drafting and developing quarterbacks behind Favre and then trading them away for higher picks than he spent on them.

Level of need (low, medium or high): Low.

By the numbers

104.3: Rodgers’ career passer rating, the best in NFL history and the only quarterback over 100.

2019: Year Rodgers is signed through. At $22 million per year, he’s still the fourth-highest paid quarterback in the league on a deal that was done nearly four years ago.