There has been virtually no movement on the Aaron Rodgers trade front for weeks. It was a month ago that he announced his intentions to play for the New York Jets, but a deal still hasn’t been made between Gang Green and the Green Bay Packers.
With the 2023 NFL Draft only 10 days away, things could start heating up again when it comes to trade negotiations. While it is seemingly a one-horse race, some rumors have popped up that other teams could start getting involved.
The first team mentioned was the San Francisco 49ers. When trade rumors centered around Aaron Rodgers began a few years ago, they were one of the teams mentioned as a logical landing spot. Most recently, it was reported they were preparing to make a run at him should negotiations with the Jets fall through.
You can now add another team to that list. According to a former NFL executive that spoke to NFL Analysis Network, the Tennessee Titans have reached out to the Packers about Aaron Rodgers.
While the executive does caution that a deal with the Jets is most likely, the Titans are a team to watch should those talks actually fall through.
“While the likely outcome for (Aaron) Rodgers is still the Jets, the Titans have reached out recently. If things fall apart with New York, Tennessee would have a shot at acquiring him.”
The Titans would be a shocking landing spot for Aaron Rodgers. They look like a franchise ready to embark on a rebuild, not one looking to contend in 2023. Multiple veterans were released earlier in the offseason with trade rumors persisting around running back Derrick Henry and quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
If Tennessee was going to make a run at Aaron Rodgers, Henry would likely be retained as the centerpiece of the offense around him. But, beyond him, there isn’t much to get excited about on the Titans’ offense, especially in the passing game.
It would be hard to envision Aaron Rodgers approving a trade to the Titans and showing up. They may have a more underwhelming set of pass catchers than the Packers currently do.
With so many holes existing on the roster, Tennessee would be better off continuing to move veterans for draft capital to keep retooling and rebuilding the roster.
The Jets are the most logical landing spot for the future Hall of Famer and at this point, they almost have to make a deal.
New York was reportedly spooked by Aaron Rodgers mentioning how close he was to retirement which has thrown a wrench in negotiations as they want more protections on the draft capital being exchanged.