Aaron Rodgers will perform on Sunday night football for the Green Bay Packers, a statement that is obvious despite the fact that this offseason was anything but.
It should be noted that the 49ers are the opponent. When Rodgers contemplated an exit from Green Bay this offseason, amid frustration over the team’s front office, among other reasons, San Francisco was a key figure.
Sources say the 49ers were Rodgers’ first choice when it came to a new destination. And when the 49ers called coach Matt LaFleur, it was done because they learned Rodgers was more than in it.
In fact, LaFleur and Niners coach Kyle Shanahan has spoken, with LaFleur quickly shutting the door to any possible trade as quickly as has been mentioned. That was before San Francisco moved up to third to finally take Trey Lance.
If Rodgers, for example, was somehow an unrestricted free agent, San Francisco would have been his place, especially since, as he showed with his renegotiated contract, money wasn’t the factor. most important.
That’s why this week, when Rodgers was asked if he thinks the 49ers would trade for him, he admitted he had given it some thought.
“There were times when I thought anything was possible,” Rodgers said this week. “Sure. But not a strong possibility.”
It also means the 49ers are now more than the hometown team that didn’t draft Rodgers when he thought they would. This is also the team he wanted to go to, but never could.
Of course, the 49ers weren’t the only team interested, nor the only team he would have gone to. Once the Niners moved on to Lance’s draft, the Broncos emerged as a possible destination and they would have offered several top picks for Rodgers. Rodgers would have been more than happy. But, like in San Francisco, it never got there.
This led to Rodgers his new contract and another year with Green Bay.