NFL: Aaron Rodgers trade speculation kicks into high gear
It looks like another complicated offseason ahead for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
It started with an ESPN report Saturday that said, “both sides are fully aware that a trade is a very real scenario this offseason for Aaron Rodgers.”
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That beget an NFL Network insider to say Monday that the Packers would deal Rodgers “if they got the right package.”
What would that package look like? NBC Sports insider Peter King guessed the Packers would want at least two first-round picks for Rodgers. And who might be willing to pay that freight? The New York Jets, King said in another guess.
That all presumes that Rodgers’ decides to come back for another season, which in itself isn’t a guarantee. Rodgers has said he’ll take some time to decide whether to return for a 19th NFL season.
“All the other ideas about (a) trade and whatnot, that’s all conjecture until I decide what I want to do moving forward for myself,” Rodgers said Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show.”
“To think of being in another uniform never really crossed my mind. … I’ve just never thought that way,” Rodgers added. “I’ve got to figure out what I want to do and then we’ll see where all the parties are at and what kind of transpires after that.”
Rodgers’ cap number the next two seasons is $48.3 million combined.
Rodgers, 39, was the NFL’s MVP in both 2020 and 2021, but he endured one of the poorest seasons of his career in 2022. He completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 3,695 yards and 26 touchdowns while tossing 12 interceptions.
As for the Packers, general manager Brian Gutekunst said Jan. 13 that the Packers are hoping Rodgers comes back.
“We made a really big commitment to him last offseason,” Gutekunst said in a press conference. “As we did that, it wasn’t certainly for just (2022). He’s gonna take his time. The communication will be pretty constant as we move forward.”
–Field Level Media
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