The Green Bay Packers have said they won’t trade Aaron Rodgers, but what they’d like to get in return in a potential trade is out there.
In the stalemate between the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers, the Packers hold most of the cards. They have been publicly consistent in their professions they want Rodgers, and won’t trade him. But according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (via Pro Football Rumors), the Packers have revealed part of their asking price in any Rodgers trade.
Any viable offer to get Rodgers would start with multiple future first-round picks, probably a Day 2 draft pick and a starting-caliber player. Silverstein has reported Green Bay will require a trading partner to send back a quarterback.
The Packers of course have 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love, but there are questions about his readiness to start. Last week’s signing of Blake Bortles serves as an insurance policy, and heading into rookie minicamp they also signed quarterback Kurt Benkert.
Possible Aaron Rodgers suitors can offer QB options
The Denver Broncos have lingered as the favorite to land Rodgers. The acquisition of Teddy Bridgewater sets up a competition for the starting job with Drew Lock at this point, but one of them (more likely Lock) could be sent to Green Bay in a Rodgers trade. Assuming the Packers would want Lock or Bridgewater, the Broncos still make sense as a trade partner with some other quality talent they could part with.
The Las Vegas Raiders are on Rodgers’ list or preferred trade destinations. Jon Gruden has consistently been looking to upgrade from Derek Carr, it’s just a matter of finding the right guy. The Raiders are trending toward unlikely to get Rodgers, with the most recent report they’re happy with Carr. But they can’t be ruled out just yet. Being able to send Carr, a capable starting quarterback, to the Packers might tip the scales in Las Vegas’ favor over other possible suitors.
The San Francisco 49ers are out of the mix for Rodgers, as they move forward with Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Trey Lance. Or are they? It’s highly unlikely they’d circle back after making a trade offer leading into April’s draft, but it’s not impossible.
Not many teams are positioned with the assets and cap space to make an Aaron Rodgers trade work. There could always be a surprise team that surfaces, but the reveal of what they’d like in a Rodgers trade looks like a sign the Packers are softening on the idea of moving the reigning league MVP.