EDIT: Broncos beat reporter Mike Kils reports that the Denver war room is completely focused on their draft and are not in any talks with the Packers right now.
Updated Apr 29, 2021, 6:48 p.m. CT: Mark Schlereth was a guest on Denver’s 104.3 The Fan moments ago, and he sad that Aaron Rodgers being traded to the Denver Broncos “is as close to being a done deal as it can get.” Rodgers being shipped to the AFC would make a lot of sense from Green Bay’s point of view, and he’d immediately make them a Super Bowl contender.
Apr 29, 2021, 3:00 p.m. CT - In a bombshell of a pre-draft nugget on Thursday afternoon, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that sources are saying that Aaron Rodgers no longer wants to play for the Green Bay Packers.
Schefter’s sources are both from the league and from the Packers’ organization, and they paint a picture of a player that has been disgruntled since the Packers traded up for quarterback Jordan Love in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Rodgers hasn’t issued a public statement yet, but this has apparently been an ongoing situation.
The Packers are aware of his feelings, concerned about them and have had team president Mark Murphy, general manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur each fly out on separate trips to meet with Rodgers at various points this offseason, sources told ESPN.
There was a report about the San Francisco 49ers inquiring about Rodgers last night, but nothing obviously materialized, however with Rodgers now allowing his feelings to be known — especially with night one of the NFL Draft just hours away — perhaps the 49ers revisit a deal.
From a Chicago Bears perspective, seeing one of the all time great QBs leave the NFC North would be good news, but it would also be good news if another top flight quarterback was on the market.
The Bears have looked into every available QB this offseason, plus they’ve been linked to every trade up scenario for one in the 2021 NFL Draft, so if one of the other quarterback needy teams can make a move for Aaron Rodgers that leaves one less competitor for Chicago.
Several reports/rumors have been circulating about the Bears being desperate to get a QB tonight, so whether that be a trade up for Justin Fields, a move back into the first for Kellen Mond, or them rekindling talks with the Seattle Seahawks for Russell Wilson, stay tuned for some drama in the first round.