It would’ve been one of the most talked-about moves in the NFL offseason had it happened. The Las Vegas Raiders reportedly made a call to the Green Bay Packers to check on the availability of superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The story was first reported by The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, citing sources familiar with the situation.
According to those sources, the Raiders’ interest in Rodgers was serious enough, that they were willing to talk about a trade to acquire the 4-time MVP. However, the Packers reportedly rebuffed the Raiders’ advances, and the two sides couldn’t come to a deal.
With a deal for Rodgers seemingly off the table, the Raiders turned their attention to other options, ultimately signing former New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in free-agency to compete for the starting job with incumbent Derek Carr.
The potential move to Las Vegas would have reunited Rodgers with his former teammate Davante Adams, who was traded to the Raiders last offseason. The two had formed one of the most dominant quarterback-receiver duos in the NFL during their time together in Green Bay, and the prospect of seeing them team up again was tantalizing for fans of both teams.
However, Rodgers has apparently set his sights on a different destination. On Wednesday’s episode of “The Pat McAfee Show,” the 39-year-old quarterback expressed his desire to be traded to the New York Jets. Rodgers seemingly believes that he could help turn around the struggling franchise, which has not made the playoffs since 2010.
Despite Rodgers’ wishes, the Packers are reportedly hesitant to trade him as they seek a significant return for their star player. According to reports, Green Bay is looking for at least a first-round draft pick in exchange for Rodgers, who is regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
It remains to be seen whether the Packers will ultimately grant Rodgers’ trade request, but it is very likely. One thing is certain: the situation has captured the attention of NFL fans across the country, and the speculation is sure to continue until a resolution is reached.