Which teams could be a possible destination for Aaron Rodgers?
The Green Bay Packers say they're "committed" to keeping Aaron Rodgers as their quarterback as rumours abound the 49ers are preparing an offer.
The Green Bay Packers are "committed" to Aaron Rodgers, as rumours swirl about the quarterback's future. Hours before the start of the NFL Draft, the league's biggest night of the off-season, reports emerged that the veteran might be on the way out after 16 seasons with the team with the San Francisco 49ers linked with a move for the 2010 Super Bowl MVP despite landing exciting North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance in the 2021 Draft.
Rodgers, who was a first-round pick for the Packers in 2005, is reportedly considering asking to be traded over a contract issue, with his current deal running through the 2023 season. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network and ESPN, the 49ers have approached Rodgers about a potential move with the San Francisco franchise willing to give up several draft picks and include quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in any potential deal.
Multiple media outlets quickly cited sources refuting the report, with ESPN saying the 49ers asked about Rodgers but did not make an offer. NFL Network also reported no offer was made and added there is a "zero per cent chance" the Packers will trade Rodgers.
Both outlets also reported that Rodgers and the Packers have been negotiating a contract extension and the quarterback is not happy with where things stand. ESPN said he has told the team he wants to depart.
The Patriots, Broncos and Raiders have also been suggested as potential destinations for Rodgers.
Gutekunst: "We are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond"
Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so disgruntled with the Green Bay Packers that he has told some within the organization that he does not want to return to the team, league and team sources told ESPN on Thursday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2021
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However, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst has reiterated the Packers' expectation that Rodgers will remain at the helm. “As we’ve stated since the season ended, we are committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond," the statement said.
"Aaron has been a vital part of our success and we look forward to competing for another championship with him leading our team.”
Rodgers' future with Green Bay has been a source of speculation since last spring, when the team made a surprise move to draft quarterback Jordan Love in the first round.
Rodgers then said in May 2020 that while he had a "sincere desire" to play his entire career with one franchise, that scenario "may not be a reality at this point".
At age 37 and coming off his third NFL MVP award last season, Rodgers has said he wants to play into his forties but where that will occur has suddenly become a question.
Rodgers a Green Bay fixture
After seeing limited playing time behind Brett Favre his first three seasons, Rodgers has been the Packers' starter since 2008.
In 197 appearances for Green Bay, Rodgers has thrown for 51,245 yards with 412 touchdowns and 89 interceptions, completing 65.1 per cent of his passes. His 103.9 passer rating is third all-time.
A three-time All-Pro selection, he led the Packers to the Super Bowl title after the 2010 season.
Rodgers set career highs last season with a 70.7 completion percentage and 48 touchdown passes.
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