The Aaron Rodgers trade talk is a daily albatross hanging over the the entire NFL.
The Las Vegas Raiders, of course, are directly involved because of reports that Rodgers currently prefers the Green Bay Packers to trade him to either the Denver Broncos or the Raiders. The San Francisco 49ers were also on his list, but they just drafted quarterback Trey Lance with the No. 3 overall pick.
The Raiders keep getting connected to Rodgers, whether it’s likely (or even possible) that a trade to Las Vegas happens.
The question — second only to whether the Packers would actually trade Rodgers — is what it would take to pry him away? There were reports just before the April 29 NFL Draft that the 49ers offered the No. 3 overall pick, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, more draft picks and other players. That, of course, is a LOT.
What would the Raiders have (and want) to offer for Rodgers? ESPN recently made seven proposals for teams and the Raider’s offering was ranked the sixth best. The meat of the proposed (again, by ESPN) Las Vegas proposal was quarterback Derek Carr, first and second-round picks in 2022 and a 2023 first-round pick. The Raiders would get Rodgers and a 2023 fourth-round pick in return for Rodgers in the ESPN proposal.
That would be a major cost for Rodgers. But he is an elite player, even at the age of 37.
I think if the Raiders do make an offer, they might have to get another team involved because of Carr. The Packers may not want Carr because they drafted quarterback Jordan Love in the first round in 2020 and they might want to roll with him as their starter if they trade Rodgers.
Teams like the Washington Football Team, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans (if they move away from Deshaun Watson) and the Broncos (intra-AFC West trade?) may be interested. In that case, the Raiders could send Carr to one of those teams and then the compensation they get for him can be sent to Green Bay.
The Packers may want some young players on the Raiders’ roster. Possibilities could include (this is my speculation) wide receivers Henry Ruggs or Hunter Renfrow, tight end Darren Waller (likely not happening), defensive end Maxx Crosby and cornerback Trayvon Mullen.
Whatever the compensation package would be, it would be enormous for the Raiders to get Rodgers from Green Bay. Again, there may be very little chance this happens, but the talk will not die.