Aaron Rodgers Thinks Packers Are in Mix for Deebo Samuel, But 49ers Won't Trade to GB

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVApril 29, 2022

INGLEWOOD, CA - JANUARY 30: Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers heads to the end zone on a 44-yard touchdown catch during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on January 30, 2022 in Inglewood, California. The Rams defeated the 49ers 20-17. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers traded Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason and then chose not to select a wide receiver with either of their two first-round picks during the 2022 NFL draft on Thursday.

Yet Aaron Rodgers had his mind on another game-changing pass-catcher.

"There's some veteran guys out there that I think could be possibilities," he said during a discussion with the Pat McAfee Show. " … I feel like we've been in the mix, but does San Fran wants to trade Deebo Samuel to us?"

It wouldn't be an NFL draft if the Packers and their decision to not draft an offensive skill position wasn't a storyline.

They selected two Georgia defenders—linebacker Quay Walker and defensive tackle Devonte Wyat—with their two first-round selections.

While both were key players for a Bulldogs team that won the College Football Playoff national championship, wide receiver figured to be a glaring position of need after losing Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling to the Kansas City Chiefs via free agency this offseason.

Green Bay signed Sammy Watkins, but he, Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb look like a group of secondary pass-catchers more than Super Bowl-winning receiving corps.

Adding a star like Samuel would immediately change that, although, as Rodgers said, the 49ers trading him to one of their chief NFC rivals seems unlikely.

After all, San Francisco and Green Bay have faced each other in two of the last three postseasons, with the 49ers winning each matchup. Samuel was a key part of his team's divisional-round win this past season with a nine-yard run on 3rd-and-7 inside Green Bay territory to set up Robbie Gould's game-winning field goal as time expired.

The Pro Bowler was one of the top playmakers in the league with 1,405 receiving yards, 365 rushing yards and 14 total touchdowns.

Whether he is traded or not figures to remain one of the biggest storylines of the rest of the NFL draft, as will Green Bay's pursuit of another wide receiver.

It seems like an obvious match on paper, but the recent history between the two teams complicates things. Rodgers understands that, and the 49ers would likely need quite a return package to even consider trading Samuel his way.