It has just been reported that the Green Bay Packers were offered the number three overall pick in a trade by the San Francisco 49ers. The catch? It would have cost the Packers Aaron Rodgers. In return, the Packers would have received the number three pick, Jimmy Garoppolo, and other picks.
As seen above, the Packers turned down the trade.
A History of Moving Up
It will not be a surprise if Packers’ GM Brian Gutekunst makes a trade to move up in the 2021 NFL Draft. He has done so in each of the past three seasons. In his first draft, he traded up to get Jaire Alexander. In 2019, Gute traded up to get Darnell Savage. Finally, last season, he infamously traded up to get Jordan Love. There are, reportedly, multiple players that the Packers “love” in this year’s draft. They will undoubtedly be content at pick 29 if the board is falling in their favor. However, if their top-tiered players are coming off the board quickly, expect a trade.
The Rodgers/Green Bay “Drama”
For much of the offseason, social media, and the media in general, have been discussing possible tension between Aaron Rodgers and the Packers front office. These rumors intensified when Aaron Rodgers received his full roster bonus for next season instead of having his contract reworked. Many feel, accurately, that the Packers could save a lot of money in cap space this year by reworking Rodgers’ deal.
For many, this non-move by the Packers indicated that the team plans on moving on from Aaron Rodgers after this season. His cap hit will go up quite a bit in 2022, and the belief is that the Packers may trade him at that point. The front office, though, has given no such indication that this is the case.
In a recent news conference, Brian Gutekunst stated the Aaron Rodgers will be the Packers’ quarterback for the foreseeable future. After all, he is technically under contract until 2023.
If the Packers truly wanted to move on from Aaron Rodgers, there would have been no better deal than this one. With the number three pick in the draft, plus many other picks, they still could have put out a very competitive team this season, and may even have competed for a Super Bowl. However, they know, as well as everyone else, that their best football is played with Aaron Rodgers on the field. If San Francisco wanted him, perhaps they should have taken him back in 2005.
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