The 49ers reached out to the Packers on Wednesday to inquire about trading for Aaron Rodgers (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero). However, no formal offer was made. Furthermore, a source tells Pelissero there’s a “zero percent chance” that the Packers will trade the star quarterback.
The Niners have been doing their due diligence on QBs, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport tweets. In addition to Rodgers, they’ve also been poking around on embattled Texans passer Deshaun Watson. This wasn’t the first time they’ve called on Rodgers either. But, just as before, they were quickly rebuffed.
“Aaron’s our guy; he’s going to be our quarterback for the foreseeable future,” GM Brian Gutekunst said recently. “We’re excited about the kind of the things we’re going to try to accomplish here over the next couple years. So we certainly think with the contract that you’re kind of talking about is something we’ll work through. We’re going to have to do probably a few things with different contracts as we head toward the season and then through the season to make sure that our salary cap situation, not only this year, but in 2022 is square. So we’re not done yet. We’ve done a lot to get here. We’ve kind of been doing things as we go and we will continue to do that as we go.”
There have been some rumblings this offseason that Rodgers could want out of Green Bay, and if those rumblings are true it’s not hard to see him wanting to play for the 49ers. Rodgers is a Northern California native, and went to school at Cal in the Bay Area.
He has repeatedly hedged about his future when speaking publicly, recently saying again that things were “out of his control.” He certainly hasn’t sounded like someone who’s sure they’re going to be a Packer for life. Either way Rodgers’ contract needs to be adjusted for cap purposes, and there’s apparently a bit of a hold up with that, so something is definitely afoot.
It’s just hard to say what right now. Rodgers will in all likelihood be under center for the Packers come Week 1, but there’s a lot brewing beneath the surface here. The fact that the 49ers felt like it was worth making a call is revealing in its own right.
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