The Green Bay Packers continue to work through the ongoing saga around Aaron Rodgers. The star quarterback remains firm on wanting out of Green Bay. With that in mind, a few NFL executives may have now laid out the path toward Rodgers getting his wish granted.
Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay
Throughout the 2020 season, Rodgers made it crystal clear he desired to remain in Green Bay.
His sentiment has since drastically shifted toward wanting a change of scenery before the 2021 campaign. Rodgers’ firm request lies rooted in several different reasons beyond his contract situation.
He’s grown unhappy with the front office’s decision-making, leading him to air his uncertainty around his future. Other league executives have now laid out the possible pathway to grant him his wish.
Aaron Rodgers’ trade suitors know exactly what it will take to pry him from the Packers
The Packers continue to hold firm on not wanting to trade Rodgers, but strong outside interest remains.
According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, a few NFL executives hold the firm belief that one team may be willing to make the “all-in” commitment.
“Now, I want to be clear here: That doesn’t mean the Packers can’t get that kind of package,” Robinson wrote. “But the consensus from the executives was that there might be only one team willing to make that kind of “all-in” commitment in a trade, and the picks would be assumed to be of late first-round value.
Robinson added the expectation is that it will take at least three first-round selections along with two starting-caliber players to create realistic trade dialogue. Previous reports also suggested that the Packers want another quarterback in exchange in any offer.
All those factors set the bar quite high to garner any legitimate interest from the Packers. Beyond that, it begs the question of whether any team will meet the lofty asking price.
Raiders and Broncos could pursue an ‘all-in’ trade
Since Rodgers‘ frustrated sentiment became public, the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders continue to stay possible landing spots.
During last month’s draft, chatter arose around the Broncos holding significant interest. Although the serious trade talks were later squashed, NFL Network’s James Palmer recently reported Rodgers winding up in Denver is a “real possibility.”
“I have talked to people inside the [Broncos’] building that have told me it is a real possibility that Aaron Rodgers could end up with the Denver Broncos,” NFL Network’s James Palmer reported via The Mile High Post. ‘Those same people have told me that, ‘Remember, deals of this size with players of this nature — MVPs — are difficult to get done and you don’t know if they’re going to get done until you get to the finish line’ and at the same time, you need the Packers to make [Rodgers] available.”
Meanwhile, the Raiders may prop their way into the discussion after showing past interest in moving on from longtime starter Derek Carr. Keep in mind, Las Vegas attempted to land Tom Brady last offseason in free agency.
The franchise could make a massive offer to land the three-time MVP, which could include involving Carr. The 30-year-old is in the fourth year of his five-year, $125 million deal that holds no dead cap hit for his $19.7 million salary in 2022.
If the Packers explore the trade market, the offers will be there.