Despite not being involved in the 49ers-Dolphins-Eagles trade chaos, the Green Bay Packers came out the biggest winners.
All we really want in life is a little peace and quite.
Most movies revolve around that being the reward a character seeks. Even Thanos, one of the most brutal villains in movie history, was motivated to murder billions of living creatures just so he could relax in his garden.
Packers fans would like nothing more than the Aaron Rodgers rumors to get off their lawn so they can enjoy some peace and quiet.
But the rumors aren’t going anywhere. The fact that they seem so outrageous is only adding to the frustration fans feel every time they see something new about them pop up.
For what it’s worth, the Packers are doing themselves no favors in refusing to commit to Rodgers long term nor add win-now pieces to the offense.
Free agency produced no additions to the offense outside of Aaron Jones returning. Green Bay didn’t find money to pay T.Y. Hilton, Will Fuller, JuJu Smith-Schuster, or any of the top receivers who hit the market and likely would have taken a discount to play a year with Rodgers. The noise of Friday’s trade chaos also didn’t involve the Packers either, yet it helped provide some clarity — or peace of mind — for Packers fans hoping the Rodgers rumors get tuned out.
Green Bay Packers were biggest winners of 49ers-Dolphins trade
Obviously, the Packers had nothing to do with the trades that went down on Friday. They still emerged as perhaps the biggest winners if for no other reason than it lends some clarity to the ongoing Aaron Rodgers rumors we can’t get enough of.
The biggest pillar to be smashed is in San Francisco. Of the teams rumored to be landing spots for Rodgers, the Niners were the most worrisome. Not only does Rodgers have deep personal ties with the 49ers, but the situation is absolutely ideal for him to fulfill his Super Bowl destiny.
Aaron Rodgers in a Kyle Shanahan offense is how many sold the hiring of Matt LaFleur, so just imagine the real thing.
The next big piece is the Jimmy Garoppolo element.
According to reports, the Niners aren’t planning on trading Jimmy G despite trading three first-rounders to move up and draft his replacement.
“49ers now square in the QB mix, but are holding on to Jimmy Garoppolo and have no plans to trade him, per sources,” Schefter reported after the trade went through.
This puts another quarterback into the mix, which is very good news for Packers fans. Specifically, it puts a very attainable quarterback into the mix which is even better.
After the 49ers, the New England Patriots were a rumored landing spot for Rodgers. Bill Belichick getting back his prized Tom Brady replacement, though, seems to be just as appealing to the Patriots and is likely going to be much easier (and see also: practical) than putting any eggs into the Rodgers basket.
So with the Niners in a position to draft a top young quarterback and the Patriots now in a position to possibly re-acquire Garoppolo, two of the biggest potential suitors for Rodgers are out of the game.
There will still be rumors though, as the Rodgers stuff is fun to talk about. But an already slim reality where he leaves Green Bay just got slimmer and Packers fans can walk away from the Friday trade chaos with a little bit more peace of mind.