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San Francisco 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan pursued Aaron Rodgers trade before NFL Draft

Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers did everything they could about a potential Aaron Rodgers trade ahead of the start of the 2021 NFL Draft last week. They pulled out all of the stops.

According to Shanahan himself, he called up Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur personally to discuss a potential trade for the reigning NFL MVP.

Appearing on the Rich Eisen Show Monday, the 49ers’ head coach indicated that said call didn’t go anywhere.

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“I didn’t want to wake up on Friday and see that Aaron Rodgers was traded and I didn’t do my due diligence. So I called Matt (LaFleur) and he said I’d be wasting my time,” Shanahan said.

News broke immediately ahead of the start of the 2021 NFL Draft this past Thursday that Rodgers was unhappy about the direction of the Packers and his future with the organization. In turn, Rodgers seemingly requested a trade.

As late as Wednesday evening, one of the game’s best quarterbacks thought he was headed to the 49ers in a blockbuster trade that would have included the No. 3 pick in the draft.

Obviously, nothing came to fruition on this end. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst released a statement on Thursday indicating that they were committed to Aaron Rodgers and had no intention of trading him. In turn, San Francisco surprised the masses by selecting a potential generational quarterback in North Dakota State’s Trey Lance with the third pick.

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Where a potential Aaron Rodgers trade stands

Aaron Rodgers trade, San Francisco 49ers
Nov 11, 2018; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) waves after the Green Bay Packers 31-12 win against the Miami Dolphins at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK

Most recently, reports indicate that Rodgers either wants the aforementioned Gutekunst fired or he will not play another down in a Packers uniform. In fact, the quarterback could hang up his cleats while still in his prime for a full-time gig hosting “Jeopardy.” That’s not a drill. It’s something that could happen in 2021.

As for a potential Rodgers trade this offseason, the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders remain favorites to land the future first ballot Hall of Famer should he be traded. The New England Patriots joined San Francisco in being out of the market for Rodgers after selecting Alabama’s Mac Jones with the 15th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft last week.

Rodgers is not a happy camper. It started when Green Bay traded up for fellow quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Things have pretty much blown up beyond repair behind the scenes since.

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There’s a good chance that Aaron Rodgers will force a trade between now and Week 1. With that said, most NFL teams have solved their quarterback issues via free agency, the trade block and the recently-completed draft.

As for the 49ers’ interest in Rodgers, it’s no surprise. However, that ship has likely sailed after they used three first-round picks and a third-rounder on Lance. Perhaps, things change in this regard and San Francisco is able to acquire Rodgers. In turn, Lance would be moved to Green Bay with Love finding himself in another NFL city. That just doesn’t seem realistic right now.