NFL rumors: How Aaron Rodgers tanked his Packers trade value

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports) /

There’s no guarantee that the Green Bay Packers do trade Aaron Rodgers this offseason, but should they dare to make that choice, the return might not be what they expect.

Recent reports suggest that the Packers want at least two first-round picks for Aaron Rodgers. Due to the retirement of Tom Brady and a limited number of proven quarterbacks on the market, one would expect that valuation to increase, no?

Not so fast.

The uncertainty surrounding Rodgers future, and his Brett Favre-like tendency to debate retirement every offseason, could limit his trade value for the Packers.

Per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, some teams are reluctant to give up much draft capital for Rodgers since he could very well turn around and retire after next season. Two first-round picks in exchange for one year of service time from Rodgers isn’t a fair deal, after all.

Packers: How Aaron Rodgers tanked his trade value

It’s well within Aaron Rodgers right to take his time when deciding his NFL future. However, doing so year after year, much like his predecessor, seems to have impacted his reputation around the NFL.

Rodgers knows retirement is around the corner. However, he may not be inclined to walk away just yet. The Packers appear ready to move on with Jordan Love as Rodgers’ heir-apparent whenever the 39-year-old opts to hang up his cleats. Rodgers is between a rock and a hard place.

The New York Jets and Las Vegas Raiders are two potential suitors for Rodgers, with Jets general manager Joe Douglas reportedly telling some around the league that he intends to go all-in for the future Hall of Famer. What does all-in mean for the Jets, though?

Two firsts for a season of Rodgers is excessive. But if the Packers can include pick protections against a looming 2023-24 offseason retirement, a deal should be reached. But No. 12 sure is making matters difficult with his indecisiveness.

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