Aaron Rodgers Planned to Move to 49ers if Offseason Drama With Green Bay Packers Led to a Split

Published 09/26/2021, 12:55 PM EDT
ASHWAUBENON, WISCONSIN – JULY 28: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers works out during training camp at Ray Nitschke Field on July 28, 2021 in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)


Aaron Rodgers was the most talked about player during the offseason for his dispute with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers made up his mind to leave the Packers during the offseason, but the Packers weren’t ready to comply with him.

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His dissent with the franchise led him to skip training sessions and workout routines. And during that time he went on a round the world tour with his fiancee Shailene Woodley. The veteran quarterback had made up his mind to part ways with the franchise, which did not seem to happen, and later had to stick with the Packers for one ‘Last Dance’.

Sep 12, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) covers his ears in the huddle during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

A frustrating offseason for Aaron Rodgers

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Amid frustration with the front office and other reasons, Rodgers’ attention shifted to consider other franchises for a tradeoff. According to sources, the San Francisco 49ers were the most interested party to sign the 37-year-old quarterback.

The 49ers called Packers coach Matt LaFleur as the wind carried the news of Aaron Rodgers‘ possible transfer. Niners coach Kyle Shanahan did get into talks with LaFleur, although LaFleur quickly shut the doors before it got out of hands as they were not ready to trade their precious quarterback at least for the upcoming season.

SANTA CLARA, CA – OCTOBER 04: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on from the sidelines during their NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Possible trade-offs that Rodgers missed

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However, the Niners went on to settle for rookie quarterback Trey Lance later on in the offseason. But the 49ers weren’t the only team interested in Rodgers and neither were they the only team he had gone to, but once the Niners drafted the No. 3, the Broncos emerged to be the new destination for the veteran.

When Rodgers was asked if he thought the 49ers would trade for him, he admitted he pondered it. “There were points where I thought anything was possible,” Rodgers said this week. “Definitely. But not a strong possibility.”

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – AUGUST 08: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on before the preseason game against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field on August 08, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

The Packers‘ adamance in the Rodgers’ drama led him to have a frustrating and dormant offseason. And in the end, had to settle for a new contract and another year with Green Bay.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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