Why the 49ers Could Trade for Aaron Rodgers in 2021

Grant Cohn

Could Aaron Rodgers finish his career where he should have started it?

Hell yes.

If Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t improve next season, the 49ers, who drafted Alex Smith instead of Rodgers in 2005, could trade for Rodgers in 2021. Don’t believe me? Read what Shanahan said just a couple weeks ago when asked why the 49ers considered signing Tom Brady this offseason.

“When you have to talk to Jimmy about one of the best quarterbacks of all time being available,” Shanahan said, “I know Jimmy has a goal to be that. I know Jimmy. I believe Jimmy has the ability to be that, and that’s what both of us are going for. If we can get him there, and he has the ability to do it, we’re going to be pretty happy with who we have for a long time.”

Translation: Of course the 49ers considered replacing Garoppolo with an all-time great quarterback. Garoppolo isn’t one yet. He aspires to be one, and he has talent, but he hasn’t achieved greatness yet. And until he does, the 49ers will continue to look for great quarterbacks.

The 49ers ultimately decided Brady was too old or too expensive or both. But they’re not done looking for quarterbacks. He’s not the only great one out there.

Rodgers could be available next year. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur inherited Rodgers and they don’t seem to get along. Rogers frequently rolls his eyes after LaFleur calls plays and often freezes out LaFleur during games -- stands on the field during timeouts instead of walking to the sideline and talking to LaFleur. Disrespects him.

And LaFleur doesn’t seem to want Rodgers. The Packers traded up Round 1 this year to take quarterback Jordan Love. That’s LaFleur’s guy, not Rodgers. If the Packers backslide next season -- and I think they will, because I think LaFleur is a bad head coach -- they probably will scapegoat Rodgers and try to trade him.

And if the Packers want Rodgers gone, I’m guessing the 49ers would love to take him off their hands.

By trading Rodgers next year, the Packers would save $4,976,000 of salary cap space in 2021, $22,648,000 in 2022 and $25,500,000 in 2023, or a total of $53,124,000. Probably sounds appealing to them.

And trading for Rodgers actually would save the 49ers money. Because he will earn $73 million in total cash from 2021 to 2023, while Garoppolo will earn $76.3 million during that time. The 49ers could trade Garoppolo back to the Patriots, then use the picks they receive from New England to trade for Rodgers.

I’m sure the 49ers know this already. And I know they made Rodgers look old and miserable twice last season. But imagine him in the 49ers’ offense, throwing all those quick, short, easy passes Garoppolo throws, handing the ball off 30 times per game and actually completing the deep passes when the season is on the line.

In a year, you might not have to imagine Rodgers in a 49ers uniform. You might see him wear it with your own eyes.

Comments (9)
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Viper2417
Viper2417

No, thanks

Mitchell Alan
Mitchell Alan

This idea is getting better play than when Grant suggested the Niners try to acquire Brady a few months ago. Jimmy G's fans were outraged. OUTRAGED!

Grant got universal flak for seeing Brady as an improvement over Jimmy -- but the Niner front office went silent and later confirmed they had serious talks with Brady.

So now, Grant is almost mainstream with his Rodgers trade proposal.

TommyKnockers
TommyKnockers

I think you are probably right that a trade for Rodgers would be a win now move. However now KS has 6 more years I think he will now want to target the SB beyond the next 2 years. As an aside what chances Alex Smith retires as a Niner? I'd be interested to hear KS's evaluation of Smith and whether he would have worked in his system.

KimFitz
KimFitz

I'm not sure if LeFleur is a great HC yet But he has 1 season under his belt and he went 13-3 which is SPECTACULAR. So, I cant exactly call him a bad HC. Last year, he mixed in his play book w/ the packers old play book just to ease the transition. But, this year he is supposed to switch to his hence why he drafted Dillion & Deguara along w/ 3 OLmen. If they trade Rodgers and it back fires on them ....they will ALL GET FIRED!!

Imtiazt
Imtiazt

If Rogers is not getting along in GB, which has been his history with current and previous coach. Why the hell do we think he will not do the same with Shanahan. He is a diva, he is old and washed up and we don’t need that headache, I think Grappolo will surprise everyone with his growth in his second full season as a starter.

showoff
showoff

What a storybook ending Rodgers finishing his career a 49er would be..

gw2
gw2

So the Niners would trade a younger, better QB for yesterday's news? :rollseyes:

kezar
kezar

i like garoppolo but he makes some really bad bad throws into coverages. if he continues to throw ints, shanahan has to look elsewhere. his inexperience is no longer an excuse.


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