Aaron Rodgers’ future with the Packers seems like the hottest topic of discussion for the third off-season in a row now. It seems like every new report is accompanied by conjecture, mock trades and predictions. It becomes hard to decide who to trust and what opinions to pay attention to. However, former players and teammates of Rodgers seem like they would be the most insightful people outside of number 12 himself. Aaron Rodgers’ former teammate T.J. Lang recently shared his thoughts after a recent report about a potential trade for the four-time MVP quarterback.
Update: The #Packers will not be trading Aaron Rodgers within the NFC Conference.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 24, 2023
Former Packers’ Guard T.J. Lang’s Thoughts After the Report
Initially, Lang was in the boat of Rodgers returning to play, but not in a Packers uniform. Green Bay trading Rodgers is a real possibility. However, there is still the hurdle of whether or not Rodgers even wants to play next year. According to the report, Green Bay will not trade Aaron Rodgers within the NFC. Obviously, every individual has the right to believe or disregard the report, but Lang broke down the situation reported by Schefter.
If NFC teams are off the table, I think he stays in GB. Why go battle thru the gauntlet of Mahomes/Burrow/Allen/Herbert/TLaw? Wouldn’t make sense https://t.co/6z3EeAAmh4
— Teej. (@TJLang70) January 24, 2023
Lang quoted one of his previous tweets saying he didn’t think Rodgers would return to Green Bay. His new stance breaks down why if Aaron was going to be dealt to the AFC he would opt to stay in Green Bay. Rodgers has made it clear that if he returns he wants to be in a situation where he can compete for a championship. Lang’s point about having to fight to battle through the AFC quarterback gauntlet to even have a chance is quite insightful.
Why would Aaron Rodgers want to have to deal with the likes of Mahomes, Burrow, Herbert, Allen and Lawrence, potentially multiple times a year, to even have a chance at a Super Bowl? It’s a question only Rodgers and the Packers can answer. It would make sense that the Packers would not want to trade him in the NFC. However, the right offer could sway their decision.
Ultimately, there is currently no correct answer on where Rodgers will play if he plays. Lang’s point about staying in Green Bay over going to the AFC seems valid. Rodgers doesn’t seem to give off the feeling that he would request a trade so if he chooses to play it doesn’t seem like he would have any problems staying in Green Bay.
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