How about this for a shocker on the Aaron Rodgers front?
According to a former NFL executive who spoke under anonymity with NFL Analysis Network, the Tennessee Titans have reached out to the Green Bay Packers about the possibility of a trade for the 39-year-old future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback.
It’s been about a month since Rodgers stated in no uncertain terms that he was done with the Packers and would like to be playing for the New York Jets. Trade talk between the two teams, however, has been sluggish to the point of non-movement. The hangup centers around the return for Rodgers. The Packers have been asking for a sizable haul for the veteran star, reportedly demanding two first-round picks or multiple draft picks plus a veteran player. The Jets, meanwhile, have reportedly been seeking some type of compensation protection to mitigate the risk of Rodgers’ career being over sooner rather than later.
With just about 10 days to go before the NFL Draft, this Rodgers deal needs to get done very soon.
But, given the zero movement status of the trade, other teams have been trying to come to the table to see if they have a shot at nabbing Rodgers from the loose hold of the Jets.
And in come the Tennessee Titans.
The 7-10 Titans have given every indication this offseason of being a team aimed at a rebuild. A load of veterans were released earlier this offseason– including left tackle Taylor Lewan, receiver Robert Woods and kicker Randy Bullock– and trade rumors continue to buzz regarding running back Derrick Henry and quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The team had also let some veteran talent drift away into free agency in the offseason.
However, it was just announced this Monday that the team had signed free agent linebacker Ben Niemann. So, maybe, the rebuild has been put on hold?
Whatever the case, it would be highly unlikely for Rodgers to sign off on a deal to the Titans, something which would thrust him into a small market on a team with little hope of doing anything in the immediate future. It also kind of boggles the mind why the Titans would want a 39-year-old quarterback when they are so far away from competing with the NFL big dogs.
Mind you, despite this Titans interlude, Rodgers to the Jets is almost, by necessity now, going to be made. Most likely, this game of trade negotiations chicken will be resolved when either the Packers or the Jets blink and take less than what they want in the deal.