Last week, the NFL saw its largest trade in some time when the Rams and Lions swapped quarterbacks. The Rams sent Jared Goff and two first-round picks to the Lions for Matthew Stafford. Earlier today, reports surfaced that Stafford was not the Rams’ first choice, though. They had inquired about Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers. They were told the soon-to-be three-time MVP was not for sale.
The Rams "made a run" at Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers were adamant they weren't going to trade him, per @LATimesfarmer
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 1, 2021
The trade speculation surrounding Rogers came after certain reporters, whom Rodgers himself referred to as “douchebags” said they believed the quarterback would force a trade out of Green Bay. In the days that followed, there was STILL talk that the Packers might listen to offers for the future Hall of Famer. Whether or not the Rams made a run at Rodgers is a matter of “he said, she said” though. According to the Packers, such a discussion never took place.
GM Brian Gutekunst re: report that the Rams made a run at Aaron Rodgers: "There's no truth to that whatsoever."
— Olivia Reiner (@ReinerOlivia) February 1, 2021
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers: 2021 and Beyond
Both GM Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur gave interviews today. Both were asked about Rodgers’ future with the team. It seems that some thought that perhaps 2021 would be Rodgers’ last. However, that is not the case according to both Gutekunst and LaFleur.
Brian Gutekunst on Aaron Rodgers: "He’s going to be part of our future and we look forward to all the runs we’re going to try to make here over the next few years."
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) February 1, 2021
Gutekunst went on to add:
Brian Gutekunst says Aaron Rodgers will "absolutely" be the QB beyond 2021 in Green Bay.
— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) February 1, 2021
When Matt LaFleur was asked if Aaron Rodgers would be the Packers’ quarterback beyond 2021, he asked if it was a trick question. The reporter responded with, “no.” Apparently, despite what everyone, including Rodgers has said, people think the two parties are looking to split in the near future. LaFleur’s full response can be seen below:
— J.J. LAHΞY 🧀 (@JJLahey) February 1, 2021
What About Jordan Love?
Of course, the question that remains is regarding Jordan Love. The Packers traded up to take Love in the first round of last year’s draft after many expected them to take a wide receiver.
In regards to Love’s future, the plan is still for him to remain as Rodgers’ backup. He still has development that needs to happen, and the Packers do not think it is wrong to have a developing talent on the bench.
#Packers GM Brian Gutekunst on Jordan Love and if he's the heir apparent to Aaron Rodgers: "I view Jordan Love as a talented prospect that we're excited about developing. I know it's not the norm having quarterbacks sit for a long time, but we certainly believe in that."
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) February 1, 2021
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