The biggest story of the 2021 NFL Draft has nothing to do with any players who may be selected, but Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
According to a report from Adam Schefter, Rodgers is “disgruntled” with the Packers, to the point he does not want to return to the team in 2021. Some issues he has include Green Bay’s selection of Utah quarterback Jordan Love in the 2020 NFL Draft and the team’s insistence of restructuring his deal instead of offering him a long-term extension.
The timing of the news immediately led many to wonder whether Green Bay would attempt to deal the nine-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-Pro and three-time NFL MVP in time to secure a prime draft pick. If the Packers do decide to deal Rodgers, it would keep in line with a curious factoid regarding the organization’s quarterback history:
No quarterback has played more than 16 seasons in Green Bay. That includes franchise legends Bart Starr (16 seasons), Brett Favre (16 seasons) and, of course, Rodgers himself (16 seasons).
The 49ers were considered an immediate destination for Rodgers, considering he is from Chico, Calif. and played football at Cal. An initial report indicated San Francisco offered a trade package that included the No. 3 overall pick and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to Green Bay for Rodgers, though that was later refuted by ESPN. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero later reported the 49ers did reach out but that “no formal offer was reached.”
It’s worth noting that no NFL MVP has ever been traded the year after having been awarded that honor. He is coming off a season in which he threw for 4,299 yards and 48 touchdowns to five interceptions while leading the Packers to the NFC Championship game, where they lost to eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay.
The organization’s inability to advance past the conference championship barring the team’s 2010 Super Bowl run has been a noted point of frustration with Rodgers. Whether he ever clears that hurdle with the Packers — or any other team — remains to be seen.
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