Aaron Rodgers trades rumors: One way Packers’ QB could force Green Bay hand to be dealt
The Packers don’t want to trade Aaron Rodgers this offseason. Managing Director Brian Gutekunst made this clear.
However, there is a scenario that could unfold and force the team to trade their longtime quarterback. And it all depends on how long Rodgers is ready to face his team.
Athletic’s Matt Schneidman reports that one of the only ways the Packers would trade Rodgers is if he was “really determined to never play for them again.”
The Packers would trade Rodgers if they believed he was genuinely determined to never play for them again and wanted to get draft picks and players in return instead of forcing him out and only getting the money he had. ‘They would take him away by refusing to play in any of the last three years of his contract.
Basically, if Rodgers gives Green Bay an ultimatum to trade him or retires, it could force Gutekunst to strike a deal. Otherwise, the Packers would run the risk of losing Rodgers and only getting a cap for him.
As such, it looks like the Packers are looking to avoid a long-term blockage with Rodgers. They must make a quick decision on his future once his position becomes clear.
If Green Bay knows he won’t be coming back to them, the Packers would certainly want an exchange that both adds a treasure trove of assets to speed up their rebuilding and save them money.
Of course, finding a balance between when to strike such a deal is always tricky. For salary cap reasons, waiting until June 2 to strike a deal was a necessity for the Packers. But with the arrival of that date, they will soon have to make a decision on Rodgers.
If they wait too long, or think Rodgers is bluffing when he isn’t, they could lose their influence and possibly have to trade Rodgers at a discount.
What the Packers will want to avoid is something like the 2011 Carson Palmer / Bengals feud. Palmer requested a trade away from Cincinnati early in the 2011 offseason and the team was unwilling to grant that request. As a result, Palmer chose to retire and left the Bengals with then rookie Andy Dalton as a starting quarterback.
Ultimately, Palmer would be traded mid-season to the Raiders for a future first- and second-round pick and was reinstated on the retiree roster. The Bengals did well despite the lack of weight as then Raiders coach Hue Jackson knew Palmer and the team were desperate for a quarterback following Jason Campbell’s injury.
Green Bay cannot count on this luck. As talented as Rodgers is, the price for him will drop if teams know he’s cornered the Packers. This is what makes the speed of Gutekunst’s decision so important.
Can the Packers GM smooth things over with his franchise quarterback and get him back? It’s possible. But if not, Gutekunst must be ready and willing to act.
This is what will make the days and weeks to come so important to Green Bay.