The Green Bay Packers continue to navigate through the offseason dealing with the troublesome dilemma around Aaron Rodgers. He remains firm with wanting to move on from Green Bay. The conversation has led to Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes recently discussed the possibility of seeing the future Hall of Famer join the AFC West.
Aaron Rodgers wants to leave the Packers
Since last offseason, Rodgers continues to voice uncertainty around his future in Green Bay.
The star quarterback ramped up that chatter after voicing to the organization that he wants to play elsewhere. It marks the first time in his career that he has pushed for a change of scenery.
The Packers have responded by holding steady that the star quarterback remains their future under center. Head coach Matt LaFleur and general manager Brian Gutekunst have spoken in lockstep, backing that firm notion.
Green Bay may continue to stay that route, but it hasn’t stopped another star quarterback from weighing in on the situation.
Patrick Mahomes wants Aaron Rodgers to join the AFC West: ‘We’re up for the challenge‘
The constant rumors floating around Rodgers have bled over to other teams and players discussing the trade possibilities.
During a recent interview with Bleacher Report on behalf of the 15 and Mahomies’ first annual Aloha Classic, Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes touched on the possibility of the reigning league MVP joining an AFC West opponent.
“Obviously that would be awesome to have that matchup twice every single year,” Mahomes said. “He’s a heck of a football player and been doing it for a long time. I have watched [him] play and learned a lot from. If he came to the AFC West, it would just make it a little tougher for us but we’re up for the challenge.”
The 25-year-old is well aware of the chatter concerning Rodgers that presents the realistic chance he’s moved to an AFC West. The divisional matchups between the two would be weekly primetime games during the regular season.
Around this year’s draft, talk emerged regarding the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders’ potential interest. The Broncos are the more likely landing spot as various reports have pinpointed the franchise as a realistic destination if the Packers explore a trade. The Raiders are committed to Derek Carr, but if Rodgers becomes available, expect the front office to pursue it.
Beyond that, Mahomes is ready for the possibility of facing the future Hall of Famer at least twice a year.
Green Bay firmly holds the final say
The rumors aside, the Packers maintain control over Rodgers’ future.
The 37-year-old has aired his disgruntlement and desire to leave, but the front office hasn’t moved toward considering trade scenarios. A recent report from The Athletic also stated that Gutekunst has no desire to trade the star quarterback.
It comes a few days after ESPN’s Rob Demovsky revealed that Packers CEO Mark Murphy internally voiced there are no plans to fire Gutekunst. Meanwhile, Rodgers continues to remains away from the team throughout voluntary team workouts.
His actions have sprouted the notion that his holdout could bleed into September, putting increased pressure on the franchise to amend the matter. Rodgers’ absence has also put second-year quarterback Jordan Love front and center.
Love is working with the first team in practice sessions, which will see him continue to get reps the longer Rodgers is away. Green Bay is optimistic that it can fix the fractured relationship, but until then, the star quarterback will be out of the picture.