SJ - July 26, 2021
The Packers have repeatedly said they don't want to trade Aaron Rodgers. The star quarterback wants out and everyone is waiting to see if Rodgers reports for training camp this week.
Sports books believe he's going to retire.
The Broncos remain the frontrunner to land him, although they haven't been able to get the Packers to engage in meaningful trade talks. The asking price is also turning the Broncos off.
Green Bay reportedly is asking for three first-round picks and a second-round pick for Rodgers.
From Pro Football Talk:
The Broncos continue to be the primary candidate to make a deal, in part because of need and in part because his three-team wish list consists of the 49ers, Broncos, and Raiders. Many think the Broncos would pounce at the chance to get Rodgers if/when the Packers make him available.
That may not be the case. Per a league source, the Broncos are leery about the total cost of trading for Rodgers, between his expected compensation and the general belief that the Packers would want three first-round picks and a second-round pick for him.
The price paid in draft picks and/or players to accomplish the trade necessarily reduces the team’s willingness to pay Rodgers, since the combined price becomes a sliding scale of cash to the player and stuff to his former team. The more a new team would have to give the Packers to get Rodgers, the less it would want to give Rodgers. In turn, the more the new team has to give Rodgers, the less it would want to give the Packers to make it happen.
I get being a little apprehensive about putting up that many picks for an aging quarterback, but what do the Broncos have to lose? Rodgers did beat up on the NFC North last season to "earn" the NFL's MVP award after all.
He is better than any quarterback they've had on their roster since Peyton Manning. That said, I hope he retires! I'd hate for him to leave Green Bay and become likeable...
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