Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have been a well orchestrated tandem since Rodgers entered the league back in 2005. Rodgers, 37, has been vocal about his displeasure with the Green Bay coaching staff and he could be traded this offseason. Could the San Francisco 49ers be a potential landing spot for him in the future?
Rodgers used his frustrations with the Packers’ front office to ball out in 2020 and log what is likely to be an MVP season. He completed a staggering 70.7 percent of his passes (career high), tossed 4,299 passing yards, and had a touchdown to interception ratio of 48:5. Rodgers also ran the ball himself 38 times for 149 yards and scored three times.
He is one of the best, most athletic strong armed quarterbacks in the NFL and his presence would be welcomed by whichever team tried to pry him away from Green Bay.
One of the many teams that has been mentioned in the Aaron Rodgers saga are the 49ers. The 49ers are in dire need for a quarterback upgrade and Rodgers could be a much-needed resurgence for the team.
Here’s a look at three reasons why the 49ers would be an intriguing landing spot for Aaron Rodgers.
3. Rodgers Is From California
One reason why Aaron Rodgers being traded to the San Francisco 49ers makes sense is because of Rodgers’ California ties. Rodgers was born in Chico, California and grew to love the game of football throughout his life out west.
Rodgers also chose to stay home and play both junior college and Division 1 college football in the state of California and now as an NFL veteran would likely welcome a trip back to his home state. Rodgers is one of the best in the business and his ties to California run deep.
He has been vocal about his love for the state of California and would surely love a reunion with his home state. While Rodgers would be a great fit with the team, playing for his home state would certainly add some extra motivation.
2. Rodgers Would Have Plenty of Weapons
One of the biggest reasons Aaron Rodgers has been so frustrated lately is because of the team’s inability to get him some help. At 37, he has helped guide his team to the postseason 11 times, but he only has one ring to show for it.
Rodgers always manages to carry his team into the playoffs, but they are never able to seal the deal due to a lack of weapons. If Rodgers were to be traded to San Francisco, he would have a plethora of weapons including Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, and Brandon Aiyuk.
It’s hard to picture how Rodgers would look with reliable weapons to throw to, because the only good receiver he’s had recently is Davante Adams. Rodgers hasn’t had two standout weapons since he had Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb to throw to. Putting Rodgers in San Francisco would give him the weapons he desires and could blow the roof off the NFC West.
1. 49ers Have Ammo To Trade For Him
Not only do the 49ers want to bring Aaron Rodgers to the squad, but they also have the ammunition to go get him. The 49ers have some solid, yet very tradable players they could use in a potential deal for Aaron Rodgers, and their first-round draft pick in 2021 is a great value as well.
If the 49ers packaged one of their top young talents and a first-round pick, they may be able to land a future Hall of Famer at the quarterback position. I understand that losing young talent would hurt quite a bit, but it’s far easier to replace than a franchise quarterback. Rodgers is still playing at an MVP level at age 37 and trading for him would be crucial to the future of the 49ers.
The idea of trading for Rodgers always sounds good, but the 49ers are one of the few teams that have the ammo to pull it off. The 49ers have a desirable first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft as well as some great talent on their roster. If any team has a good shot at trading for Rodgers, it’s the San Francisco 49ers.