Aaron Rodgers is set to start his darkness retreat at the end of this week. If Rodgers emerges out of the darkness retreat still wanting to play football, the Green Bay Packers will have to make a decision. Keep the four-time MVP, or trade him for a massive haul? If the Packers decide the latter, they will likely have more than one team vying for his services. Colin Cowherd today, listed the most likely landing place if this happens.
Colin Cowherd Lists Las Vegas Raiders As Most Likely Landing Spot
On “The Herd” Wednesday, Cowherd argued for the Las Vegas Raiders to be Rodgers’ top trade destination over the likes of the Jets and Titans.
“Aaron, let’s start with this, has never missed Davante Adams more,” Cowherd said. “Secondly, Green Bay would love to send Rodgers to the Raiders, I’m told, because it’s a tough division. Three, the Raiders and the Packers front offices have been doing deals the last couple of years. They almost pulled off a Darren Waller deal and they did a Davante Adams deal. These front offices have worked together before. Four, the Raiders have the third-most cap space in the league…The Raiders are also excellent offensively.”
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"Aaron is going to a black hole for 4 days. Why not just make it full-time?"
— @ColinCowherd makes the case for Aaron Rodgers to the Raiders pic.twitter.com/WRUPYtWmQp
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 15, 2023
There have been multiple mock drafts so far that have predicted the Raiders to trade for Aaron Rodgers during the 2023 NFL Draft. Many of these trades include multiple first round draft picks, or star tight end Darren Waller. One thing to keep in mind will be if Raiders’ GM Dave Zeigler will be open to trading for Rodgers. Tashan Reed of The Athletic asked Dave Ziegler this question: “You’re set to have a lot of cap space and draft picks this offseason. How beneficial is having the added flexibility that brings?” This was his response:
The combination of the cap space and the draft picks, you’re less restricted. If we only had a limited amount of cap space, there’s only a limited amount of things you can do. We’re going into this offseason with a lot of open options. There’s not a whole lot of things that we have to close off. But the reality is we have quite a few areas on the football team that we want to improve. Allocating a bunch of resources to one player at one position, I don’t know how intelligent that is because you have to look at all the areas that you need to improve the team on. I don’t think we’re one or two $15-20 million players away from us building it exactly how we want to build it and having the right amount of depth and having the right amount of starting-level players, too, at different positions. Again, while you have flexibility with the picks and the cap, which is nice, you don’t feel like a restraint in that way, you also have to understand where you’re at as a team and how far you need to go in terms of building it the right way.
The part that stands out is “Allocating a bunch of resources to one player at one position, I don’t know how intelligent that is…” That would certainly insinuate that the Raiders aren’t looking to pull off a massive trade for any player, let alone Aaron Rodgers. The Packers assumed asking price for Aaron Rodgers is pretty steep. Peter King of NBC Sports believes the Packers would want “at least two first-round picks” in any trade for Rodgers. It is possible the Packers would agree to a player (presumably a starter) and one first round draft pick. Either way, that is a lot to give up, even if it is for a four-time MVP quarterback.
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