Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has responded to rumors that the organization prefers to trade him.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter heard from sources who think the Packers prefer to trade the four-time MVP and future Hall of Famer. Last offseason, Rodgers agreed to a lucrative three-year extension worth $150.8 million.
Rodgers addressed the trade speculation during his latest appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” (h/t Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk):
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“It sounds like there’s already conversations going on that aren’t involving me, which are interesting.”
For the third straight year, there are uncertainties about Rodgers’ future in Green Bay following a bitter end to a once-promising season. Two years ago, he sought a trade despite winning his third MVP award, only to agree on a return for 2021.
Then after winning his fourth MVP award a year ago, Rodgers signed a long-term extension to seemingly keep him in Green Bay for life. But after missing out on the postseason (8-9), the Packers now have to decide if it’s worth building around a player who turns 40 next December.
There certainly won’t be a shortage of interested teams if Rodgers hits the trade block. The Las Vegas Raiders need a quarterback as they prepare to move on from Derek Carr. The New York Jets will surely be in the market for a veteran, and the Tennessee Titans may have interest should they decide to move on from veteran Ryan Tannehill.
Retirement is also an option for Rodgers, who has yet to commit to playing in 2023. So until he makes an announcement on his playing future, the trade speculation will continue to ramp up.
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