As reports swirl about the possibility that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be traded and/or the question of whether the Packers will refuse to trade him to an NFC team is a very important thing to remember.
Aaron Rodgers has all the cards.
He has a fully-guaranteed compensation package of $58.3 million in 2023. If the Packers want to avoid that obligation, they need to trade him to where he wants to go. If it’s in NFC, fine.
Rodgers has the ultimate hammer. He could tell the Packers, “I’m not leaving.” He could force the Packers to give up all that money, even if they turn the page on Jordan Love.
As Rodgers said Tuesday, no plot matters until he decides he wants to play. Then comes the question of whether he will play for the Packers or someone else. Then the question arises, where will he play if not the Packers?
If Rodgers has a new team willing to pay him and willing to give the Packers whatever they want for Rodgers (and they would be wise to be fair), the only question is whether. Rodgers wants to play there.
As Rodgers admitted last week, it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t have a no-trade clause. If he doesn’t want to play there, no one will trade him. And if he makes it clear that, for example, there’s only one team he’ll play for, and if that team is in the NFC, the Packers have to decide whether to send him to that team or welcome him, Even if they don’t want to.