The Patriots could look to trade for Packers QB Aaron Rodgers next offseason.
With training camp officially underway, the exhausting quarterback discussion involving the Green Bay Packers has announced its return. Of course, they traded up in the first round of this year’s Draft to select Jordan Love at No. 26 overall, which really signaled to analysts and fans that the inevitable end of Aaron Rodgers’ reign was drawing near, which is music to Patriots fans’ ears.
In an effort to perform some damage control, the Packers have since been adamant in saying that they still want Rodgers to be the starting gunslinger for a couple more years. However, it would make zero sense for Green Bay to have Love riding the pine while he’s pocketing a minimal salary on his rookie contract. Let’s be honest, folks. All teams love taking full advantage of a quarterback’s rookie deal.
That leads us to believe that the Packers, so long as the right package is presented to them, could be open to the prospect of trading the 36-year-old superstar. If Cam Newton is insistent on wanting to spend just one year in Foxborough, the door may be open for the New England Patriots to strike a deal. Here is one trade that should appease both organizations following the 2020 NFL season (if it happens!).
Projecting a Packers-Patriots Aaron Rodgers trade
Rodgers is still unquestionably one of the best players at the QB position, but some of the rising young studs are slowly starting to take the national spotlight from him. He’ll also be 37 by next offseason, which is obviously when New England would inquire about a potential deal.
We know how much New England champions stockpiling draft capital in trades. In this case, however, they would have to jettison both a first- and third-round pick. From the Patriots perspective, trading for Rodgers would keep their championship window wide open. Don’t forget they will also have an abundance of salary cap space at their disposal to build around the two-time MVP.
As for the Packers, well, this deal would give them a proper excuse to embrace the Jordan Love era. Nobody’s saying that unloading Rodgers would force Green Bay into a rebuild. As long as the Utah State product is good enough under center, the team’s talent is already legit enough to remain a contender in the NFC. Acquiring two incredibly valuable draft picks– one of which should absolutely be used to draft a wide receiver — almost makes this a no-brainer for the Packers.
Whether Matt LaFleur and Co. are willing to admit it or not, Rodgers will not be finishing his career in Green Bay. A trade like this would rip the bandaid off what projects to be an ugly breakup. Might as well recoup some draft capital in the process, right?