The Green Bay Packers continue to navigate through the offseason hoping Aaron Rodgers will change his mind. The star quarterback hasn’t swayed from his desire to leave the franchise ahead of his 17th season. With that in mind, the Packers have at least set in stone what they desire back in any trade scenario.
Aaron Rodgers’ uncertain future with the Packers
The offseason hasn’t exactly gone as planned for the Packers, with Rodgers voicing his desire to leave.
Green Bay has since operated in scramble mode, attempting to right the ship around their star quarterback. The front office hasn’t embraced yet the idea that the fractured relationship has reached an irreparable state.
The Packers continue to double down on the notion that it’s fixable and roll forward, with Rodgers leading the charge in 2021 and beyond. However, the organization has at least toyed internally with the idea of what they would want in any trade package.
Packers hold 1 stern trade demand for Aaron Rodgers
Since the Packers’ disappointing playoff exit, the front office remains firm on retaining their star quarterback.
The organization continues to voice a strong desire to keep Rodgers while pushing away any trade scenarios or offers. However, Green Bay may have laid out what would be wanted in any deal for the future Hall of Famer.
Tom Silverstein of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a trade package for Rodgers would require a quarterback in return. That should come as no surprise, given that the Packers would be moving toward a clean slate from the three-time league MVP.
It also shows that the team isn’t exactly confident in Jordan Love being the future. Love remains an unproven talent, while bringing aboard another quarterback allows the Packers to possess stability.
The latest report likely means that a quarterback in a trade would be one of several pieces in an offer. Last week, ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported that a high-ranking NFC executive told him that a trade package would need to start with at least two first-round picks and a second-round selection.
Green Bay holds a high asking price, but it’s certainly warranted given the caliber of quarterback Rodgers is. His addition to any other team would immediately thrust the franchise into Super Bowl contention.
Green Bay continues to avoid the inevitable path
The Packers see the writing on the wall with Rodgers but continue to avoid the inevitable outcome.
The 37-year-old clearly wants to continue his NFL career elsewhere. He desires to dictate his remaining playing days, which is something that he’s come to realize won’t happen in Green Bay.
Meanwhile, the Packers hold onto hope that they can amend the fractured standing with their star quarterback. His frustrations extend further than a lucrative extension as he lacks confidence in the front office’s ability to add more offensive talent around him.
Since Gutekunst became the general manager, Green Bay hasn’t added more game-changing skilled position talent. Instead, the front office elected to move up into the first round of last year’s draft to take Rodgers’ eventual replacement.
Despite that, the nine-time Pro Bowler voiced all last season that he wants to remain in Green Bay for the rest of his career. The Packers didn’t respond with moving toward working out a new long-term deal
It’s clear as day that Rodgers has reached a breaking point, and it’s on the organization to finally realize that.