Kyle Shanahan Admits Why the 49ers Tried to Trade for Aaron Rodgers

The Green Bay Packers have a troubling situation on their hands dealing with Aaron Rodgers’ desire to leave the franchise. The uncertainty led the San Francisco 49ers to attempt to pry Rodgers lose from Green Bay. In the wake of the failed attempt, head coach Kyle Shanahan revealed why the 49ers ventured that route.

49ers attempt to trade for Aaron Rodgers

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A few hours before the 2021 NFL draft last Thursday, news broke that Aaron Rodgers informed the Packers that he wanted out.

It marked the first time that the three-time league MVP aired that sentiment to the franchise. All that didn’t take long for that to push at least one NFL team to gauge Green Bay’s interest on the trade front.

According to Tom Pelissero of The NFL Network, the 49ers reached out to Packers regarding Rodgers’ availability but were met with a swift rejection.

Several reports have emerged detailing that Rodgers believed a trade to San Francisco was feasible. Before that recent development, many viewed the 49ers as a potential landing spot for the three-time NFL MVP due to their fading commitment to Jimmy Garoppolo.

The failed attempt made it easy for San Francisco to select former North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance with the third overall pick in this year’s draft.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan has now unveiled the simple reason why the 49ers chose to pursue the future first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Kyle Shanahan admits why the 49ers tried to trade for Aaron Rodgers

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Throughout Shanahan’s tenure with the 49ers, he has remained quite transparent.

During an interview on The Rich Eisen Show on Monday, he revealed that the 49ers asked about Rodgers’ availability for a simple reason.

“The exact truth is I don’t want to wake up the next day on Friday and see Aaron Rodgers — one of the best quarterbacks in this league — traded without doing any due diligence on it,” Shanahan said via CBS Sports. “So, I just called Matt [LaFleur] and asked him if there was anything to it.

“And Matt told me I’d be wasting my time if we had [49ers general manager John] Lynch call. And so Lynch did not call anyone the next day.”

Although the Packers quickly shot down the 49ers, it put them at ease to take Trey Lance at the third overall pick. Shanahan now has the franchise’s future under center with a promising prospect that he can begin to groom.

Beyond that, it’s further evidence that San Francisco no longer views Garoppolo as the long-term answer under center.

What will the Packers do with their star quarterback?

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Since Aaron Rodgers dropped the bombshell on the Packers, the organization has scrambled to amend the situation.

Green Bay currently holds no interest in moving its star quarterback despite the troubling circumstances. Beyond that, the issues reportedly stem much deeper than a lack of a contract extension.

Since general manager Brian Gutekunst took the helm, there’s been a lackluster effort toward adding more offensive weapons aboard. The front office also elected to part ways with players like Jordy Nelson and Jake Kumerow, who Rodgers believed could be significant factors.

All that combined with the Packers taking Jordan Love in the first round of last year’s draft only further bubbled up his disappointment.

There is still plenty of the offseason ahead, but there isn’t much optimism around Rodgers staying in Green Bay.