Green Bay Packers quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers wants out of dodge. Shockingly, reports indicated earlier on Thursday that Rodgers has told people within the Packers’ organization that he wants to be traded after a ton of drama was found between the two sides earlier in the offseason.
Following said reports, indications were that the San Francisco 49ers put in a call to Green Bay about a Rodgers trade. They are joined by the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders as his preferred landing spots. All the while, Rodgers thought he was headed to Northern California as recent as Wednesday evening.
What does this all mean? While still unlikely, there’s a chance that the 37-year-old future first ballot Hall of Famer and multi-time MVP winner could be dealt during the 2021 NFL Draft. Below, we look at five ideal Aaron Rodgers trade scenarios.
- Details: Dolphins trade sixth and 18th picks in 2021 NFL Draft, 2022 second-round pick and Tua Tagovailoa to the Packers for Rodgers
It’s no secret that Miami was in on Deshaun Watson ahead of allegations of sexual assault being levied in his direction. Obviously, Tagovailoa was involved in trade discussions a mere year after the Dolphins selected him No. 5 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. He would head to Green Bay in this hypothetical deal, only to be traded to a third team during the draft. Green Bay has no need with Jordan Love potentially set to take over.
As for the Packers, they retool big time on the fly with two selections within the top-18 picks and another high-round selection coming in a separate Tagovailoa trade. The only question here is whether Rodgers would accept a trade to South Beach given that he has his eyes set on the west coast.
Las Vegas Raiders
- Details: Raiders trade Derek Carr, first-round pick in 2021, first-round pick in 2022 and Trayvon Mullen to the Packers for Rodgers
Carr has been on the trade block for seemingly the past two years. Most recently, reports indicate that Jon Gruden and the Raiders are looking at possibly landing one of the top-five quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft. Obviously, Gruden would prefer acquiring one of the game’s top-three signal callers instead. Rodgers also has his eyes on Vegas as a new home for him and new fiancée, Shailene Woodley.
A move of this ilk would enable Green Bay to pull off a separate Carr trade while likely acquiring another first-round pick in the process. Meanwhile, the Packers add a stud young cornerback in Trayvon Mullen to pair opposite Jaire Alexander. It almost makes too much sense.
- Details: Broncos trade Drew Lock, first-round pick in 2021, first-round pick in 2022 and Noah Fant to the Packers for Rodgers
New Broncos general manager George Paton is leaving no stone unturned in attempting to find an upgrade over Lock. Recently, the Broncos traded a sixth-round pick for Teddy Bridgewater in an attempt to find training camp competition. In no way does this mean Denver is going to avoid quarterback with the ninth pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
What better way for Paton, a former assistant general manager with the Minnesota Vikings, to exact revenge on his counterparts than to pull off a trade for Aaron Rodgers? It makes too much sense from Denver’s perspective. As for the Packers, they grab a top-10 pick in 2021, a future first-round pick and stud young tight end Noah Fant to help Jordan Love under center. As with the hypothetical trades mentioned above, Lock would be moved for another piece or two.
New England Patriots
- Details: Patriots trade Cam Newton, first-round pick in 2021, first-round pick in 2022, second-round pick in 2022 and N’Keal Harry to the Packers for Aaron Rodgers
Burn it all down. Imagine Bill Belichick being able to acquire Aaron Rodgers a calendar year after he lost Tom Brady following a 20-year pairing. It would be almost unfair and would have fans of the other 31 NFL teams crying into their wine glasses. It also makes sense for a Patriots team that spent big time during free agency and is on the look out for an heir-apparent to the struggling Cam Newton.
For the Packers, they get Rodgers out of the NFC. That has to be seen as a goal regardless of where the multi-time NFL MVP wants to be traded. In turn, Green Bay nabs two first-round picks, a second rounder and young receiver in N’Keal Harry. It could may sense for the Packers.
San Francisco 49ers
- Details: 49ers trade Jimmy Garoppolo, No. 3 pick in 2021, second-round pick in 2022 and Javon Kinlaw to the Packers for Aaron Rodgers
San Francisco is the obvious leader in the clubhouse for Rodgers should he get traded here soon. The quarterback thought he was headed to the 49ers as recent as Wednesday night. In fact, he wanted Green Bay to accept a trade offer that started with the third pick in the draft. As for San Francisco, it moved up to that selection to find an heir-apparent to Garoppolo — trading two future first-round picks in the process. Sixteen years after passing up on Rodgers for Alex Smith, the 49ers could right that wrong by trading for a Northern California native who grew up a fan of the team.
Would Green Bay entertain trading Garoppolo to a conference rival that ousted it from the NFC Championship Game a mere 15-plus months ago? I am not too sure. What we do know is that the No. 3 pick is among the most-valuable assets a team could offer. The Packers would then add a generational tight end prospect in Kyle Pitts while picking up stud defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. As for Garoppolo, he could be a stopgap option in 2021 before Love takes over in 2022, finding himself traded next offseason in the process.