The Aaron Rodgers offseason drama is nothing new. Even erasing the drama of 2021 and 2022, fans were presented with drama surrounding Rodgers’ relationship with former head coach Mike McCarthy in 2018. Then, in 2019, there were the questions about whether or not Rodgers would be able to get along with Matt LaFleur. In 2020, Jordan Love was drafted. Now, over the past two seasons, Rodgers has questioned whether or not he wants to return to the Packers. There have been trade rumors and talks of retirement, but one thing is clear: if Rodgers wants to be traded, no team in the NFL will be able to meet the Packers’ demands.
What Are The Packers Demands for Aaron Rodgers in a Trade?
There are a couple of very important points to keep in mind when discussing a trade for Aaron Rodgers. The first is that a reigning back-to-back MVP has never been dealt in the NFL. The second is that the Packers do not need to trade him, even if he asks for one.
Remember, the #Packers don't HAVE to trade Aaron Rodgers just because he asked, a scenario mentioned in the ESPN report.
That's what's also keeping the asking price high: three 1s and multiple good young players.
Multiple reports now of that asking price.
— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) March 6, 2022
As Peter Bukowski points out, multiple reports indicate that the Packers’ asking price is astronomically high. Not only will the Packers want multiple first round picks, but also multiple good young players. In other words, a team that is “a quarterback short of a Super Bowl” will find itself with multiple holes and no first round picks for the foreseeable future.
The Packers’ Asking Price Is Not Extreme
Aaron Rodgers is not the only star quarterback surrounded by trade rumors. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, too, has been the subject of trade rumors for some time now. Last spring, the Chicago Bears tried to acquire Wilson in what would have been a major blockbuster of a trade:
Yesterday @AdamSchefter said Bears made “a very aggressive pursuit” for Russell Wilson.
Today @dpshow said from a source close to the Bears the offer was:
Three 1st Rd picks
3rd Rd pick
Two starters (didn’t know which)
Said SEA listened, Carroll said nopic.twitter.com/b3Q7LRHuiV
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) March 17, 2021
Now, if Russell Wilson, who has never won a MVP Award, much less back-to-back ones, is too good for three firsts, a third, and two starting caliber players, then Aaron Rodgers is certainly worth much more than that.
In short, even if Aaron Rodgers WANTS to be traded, do not expect the Packers to oblige. At this point, it appears his two options are Green Bay or retirement.
Sorry not sorry, Denver.
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