Aaron Rodgers trade rumors are hitting a fever pitch mere weeks after the reigning NFL MVP requested to be moved. While the Green Bay Packers continue to push back against the notion that they will trade the 37-year-old signal caller, there’s now every reason to believe that he will in fact be moved ahead of the 2021 NFL season.
Rodgers is not happy about the direction of the organization and their lack of commitment to him. In turn, he’s threatening to either sit out the entire 2021 season or retire altogether if a blockbuster trade does not happen.
Reports also indicate that the Las Vegas Raiders join the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers as three preferred destinations. While Rodgers thought he was headed to San Francisco on the eve of the NFL Draft, the team selected Trey Lance No. 3 overall. Meanwhile, evidence continues to point in the direction of Denver offering up the most for Aaron Rodgers.
What does this all mean? Las Vegas must do what it can to land Aaron Rodgers in a blockbuster trade. It would prevent him from joining the division-rival Broncos and would finally give head coach Jon Gruden the franchise quarterback he’s been coveting. Here’s three reasons why Rodgers to the Raiders makes perfect sense.
Derek Carr might entice the Packers in an Aaron Rodgers trade
There’s been some indications behind the scenes that Green Bay is pushing back against trading Rodgers because its brass is not yet comfortable with 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love taking over. This make some sense in that Love has not thrown a pass in a regular game since December of 2019 when he was a member of Utah State.
Enter into the equation three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr. While he’s nowhere near the same quarterback as Aaron Rodgers, the veteran could act as a bridge to Love in Green Bay. He’d also keep Green Bay in playoff contention. That might not be the case with a greenish Love under center.
Las Vegas Raiders need that franchise-altering move
Stuck in the doldrums. Nothing more than a bottom-end playoff contender. However we spin the situation in Las Vegas right now, it’s not great. General manager Mike Mayock is firmly on the hot seat after yet another questionable draft. After yielding nearly 30 points per game last season, the Raiders’ defense is not talented enough to compete in the AFC West. Meanwhile, Gruden is going to be a member of this organization for the long haul after signing a 10-year contract to return to the Raiders.
Aaron Rodgers wouldn’t turn the Raiders into an immediate Super Bowl contender. In fact, the 2021 season would likely be one of transition. However, one of the greatest quarterbacks in modern NFL history would join the city of Las Vegas as a lure for free agents next offseason. It would be a franchise-altering move, one that these Raiders need to make to capitalize on their status as the toast of Sin City.
Don’t let Aaron Rodgers join the Denver Broncos
Whatever the cost might be, these Raiders need to do everything possible to avoid the Broncos landing Rodgers. A move of that ilk would cement Las Vegas’ status as a bottom-feeder in the AFC West, especially with Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) and Justin Herbert (Chargers) set to star in the division over the next decade.
Even if it costs the Raiders multiple first-round picks, Derek Carr and a couple young players, making a move for Rodgers has to be in the cards here. Not only would it give the organization a franchise quarterback, it would end any talk of Denver ascending the ladder in the AFC West.