The NFL is nicknamed “the league of parity” for good reason. Roster turnover, coaching turnover, the salary cap, and a draft system set up to reward the league’s worst teams are the driving forces behind what is also called “an 8-8 league”.

The moving parts create intrigue, but most of all, they create hope. The hope is what drives fans to come back on a year-in, year-out basis and the intrigue is what keeps those who cover the league on their toes.

When it comes to that intrigue, the Packers are considered to be the most important team to watch heading into the 2022 season.

CBS Sports’ Jordan Dajani lays out his reasoning below:

This one should be obvious. The Aaron Rodgers situation is the No. 1 story this offseason, as the quarterback who has won MVP two years in a row is mulling retirement, or even leaving the franchise that selected him with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. If Rodgers leaves or retires, Green Bay would take a massive step backwards as a team, and leave the NFC North wide open.

Unfortunately for the Packers, Rodgers is not the only star they have to worry about this offseason. Wide receiver Davante Adams is a free agent, and he’s going to sign a top-dollar contract with someone if he can avoid the franchise tag. The Packers could also lose one of their most important defensive contributors in De’Vondre Campbell, and the wide receiving corps as a whole could be torn down, as Marquez Valdes-Scantling is a free agent and Allen Lazard is a restricted free agent. It’s going to take convincing Rodgers to return and creative cap efforts for the Packers to retain their contender status. 

The logic is sound. The Packers could lose three All-Pros and their future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback. What sends everything into overdrive is their current cap situation which is not good, whatsoever.

Many can argue that Tampa Bay should be No. 1, but Tom Brady has actually announced his retirement, unlike Rodgers. It’s reasonable to think that the Buccaneers would be at the top of the list if Brady followed Rodgers’ blueprint.

You can check out the rest of Dajani’s list, here.

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