Aaron Rodgers Trade Rumors: 49ers, Broncos, Raiders on Packers QB's Wish List

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2021

ARCHIVO - La foto del 24 de enero de 2021 muestra a Aaron Rodgers, quarterback de los Packers de Green Bay, quien envía un pase durante la final de la Conferencia Nacional ante los Buccaneers de Tampa Bay (AP Foto/Jeffrey Phelps)
Jeffrey Phelps/Associated Press

If you thought there wouldn't be any drama until Thursday night's NFL draft, well, think again. 

Reports emerged Thursday that Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants to be traded, with Pro Football Talk reporting that his wish list includes the San Francisco 49ers, Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos

Per that report, Rodgers wanted Green Bay to take the offer San Francisco made. 

According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, the Niners were offering Green Bay the "third pick and more." He added that Rodgers would like to be closer to the West Coast, where he spent his childhood. 

There is a lot of conflicting information regarding the Cal product's future in Green Bay, so let's take a look at some of the reporting making the rounds: 

trey wingo @wingoz

Sources: The Packers reportedly told Aaron Rodgers they were going to trade him in the off season, then backed off. It’s been a bleep show between them ever since. And within the last week Rodgers told the team.. trade or no trade I’m not coming back. Buckle up folks

trey wingo @wingoz

Also per sources: as of last night Rodgers was convinced he was headed to San Francisco. Draft day is the best... https://t.co/JImkjbixA3

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

While certain teams have reached out to the Packers to inquire about Aaron Rodgers this off-season, no team has made a trade offer for him, per source.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

The #Packers remain committed to Aaron Rodgers. @TomPelissero said there is “zero” chance of trading him. It’s all about getting an extension done… and if that happens, this should take care of the matter (until next time). https://t.co/Lv56tHCC6M

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

This, as @JayGlazer knows, is about way more than a new contract. https://t.co/Zz6hAlQnk1

There are so many potential wrinkles to what could be causing Rodgers' reported ire.

The team trading up to No. 26 last year to draft quarterback Jordan Love—a pick it could have used for a more immediate impact player to help out a championship-contending roster—might be one. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Rodgers wasn't happy when the Packers didn't tell him they were making that move. 

A contract dispute between the sides might be another. 

And it can't be ruled out that Rodgers has lost some faith in head coach Matt LaFleur after his questionable decision to kick a field goal with just over two minutes remaining in the NFC Championship. The Packers were down eight to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had the ball inside the 10-yard line. They never got the ball back and fell one game short of making the Super Bowl for the second straight year. 

Finally, Schefter reported that the 37-year-old "is at a different point in his personal life, having recently gotten engaged to actress Shailene Woodley. Rodgers also has hosted Jeopardy! and said it would be a dream to become the full-time host. He could play football and also host Jeopardy!."

So it would seem Rodgers and the Packers find themselves in a complicated position. Whether that leads to a trade remains uncertain, though it's hard to imagine Green Bay giving up on last year's MVP.