Aaron Rodgers Trade Rumors: Broncos a Potential Destination for Packers QB

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 1, 2021

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers warms up before the NFC championship NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
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If the Green Bay Packers change their mind on an Aaron Rodgers trade, there is at least one team prepared to engage them in talks for the three-time NFL MVP. 

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Denver Broncos are a potential destination for Rodgers if Green Bay decides to trade him:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

The #Broncos are a possible destination for Aaron Rodgers if the #Packers trade him, which they say they won't. Also, they didn't take a QB on Thursday. Not unrelated. https://t.co/qcMSmWvUEn

When ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Thursday that Rodgers informed some members of the organization that he didn't want to play for the Packers anymore, speculation about possible landing spots began. 

Per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Rodgers' wish list as of Wednesday included the Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and Las Vegas Raiders

San Francisco general manager John Lynch said after the first round of the 2021 NFL draft on Thursday night that the team did inquire about Rodgers. 

"I don't know about you guys, but when the MVP of the league might be availableand I didn't know that, I'm just reading the tea leaves like everybody else and saying, 'Hold on, is something going on here?' Yeah, we inquired. And it was a quick end to the conversation. It wasn't happening," Lynch told reporters.

Per Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, Rodgers is willing to consider all options, including a prolonged holdout or retirement, if the Packers don't fire general manager Brian Gutekunst. 

One interesting nugget from Rapoport's report is that Rodgers' potential availability led the Broncos to keep "their options open" when they didn't take a quarterback such as Justin Fields when they made their first-round draft pick at No. 9 overall. 

Denver opted to select Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II with that choice. 

Rodgers has spent his entire 16-year NFL career with the Packers. He ranks second in franchise history with 51,245 passing yards and 412 passing touchdowns.