While I was trying to remain calm after being made aware of a potential Tim Tebow NFL comeback, news that many have speculated since the Packers traded up to take Jordan Love last year was confirmed; Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay.
I can't say that I'm surprised. After winning the Super Bowl in his third year as a starter, the Packers have not been back since, and it's not exactly been his fault. The Pack have been a perennial contender but have not gone above and beyond to put a Super Bowl-caliber roster around Rodgers. You gotta put the Packers of the last 30 years in the discussion for all-time disappointments in sports. How do you only win two Super Bowls with Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre? (to answer my own question: Tom Brady exists) Who's their last big signing, Julius Peppers? I'm sure Aaron feels like he's underachieved in his career, never getting back to the big game despite putting up great numbers and winning three MVPs.
The ultimate sign of disrespect came when the Packers traded up to draft his assumed replacement after a 13-3 season. Many scratched their head when it felt like the Packers were just a couple pieces away from getting back to the Super Bowl, and they traded UP to draft someone who was not going to help them in 2020. Rodgers went on to win MVP and lead the Packers to a 2nd straight NFC Title Game; a game that the Packers would lose after a questionable field goal call and atrocious day for Kevin King.
The Packers have said they aren't trading him, but apparently, A-Rod 1.2 has said he's not coming back to Green Bay regardless if they trade him or not.
As of now, his desired destinations are the 49ers, Broncos, and Raiders, but if the Packers were to trade him, I don't think they're going to take a lesser deal to make him happy. I have no idea what the Patriots will do, but this is such a great point, even though it was made well before this news broke and doesn't have to do with him.
I doubt the Packers will trade him to the Patriots, but a boy can dream.
It's funny because it's true!