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Giants have 2 reasons to believe in Aaron Rodger’s trading scenario

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Trade rumors surrounding Aaron Rodgers have become almost an annual NFL tradition in recent years. 2022 is no different, as one author lists 11 potential new targets for the four-time league MVP, who is struggling with the 4-7 Green Bay Packers this season.

Rodgers’ troubles this year began when the Packers were beaten 27-22 by the New York Giants in Week 5 at London’s Tottenham Stadium. In a cruel irony, the Giants were named as one of Rodgers’ potential landing spots.

It’s not as fancy as it might appear. Not when the Giants have two good reasons to think they could trade for one of the great quarterbacks of the game’s modern era.

Rodgers only signed a three-year, $150 million contract extension to remain a packer last offseason, but CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin still believes “it’s not unthinkable, after back-to-back offseasons in which the legendary quarterback had a split from the pack, the opportunity will arise again.”

Benjamin also outlined why the Giants’ chances of a deal would be high: “New York has the advantage of not only going into 2023 with an abundance of cap space ($46 million), but also with the knowledge that that new coach Brian Daboll is capable of maximizing staff. Rodgers is a well-known fan of Josh Allen, whose rise came under Daboll’s stewardship in Buffalo.”

The presence of Brian Daboll as the Giants head coach would be an obvious incentive for Rodgers. Not only has Daboll made Josh Allen a star with the Buffalo Bills, he’s also helped mend the error-prone Daniel Jones since taking over Big Blue.

Jones and Allen both managed to run offenses which Daboll built around their skills as runners. Rodgers, 38, isn’t nearly as mobile as he once was, but the 10-time pro bowler would appreciate another part of the Daboll system.

QBs typically operate in pistol or shotgun for Daboll, which Rodgers did for fun in Green Bay for years. Things changed when Matt LaFleur became the head coach in 2019 and began focusing on Rodgers more often.

The plan hasn’t always worked, with Rodgers criticizing the Packers’ plan and playing along on more than one occasion. also this season:

These comments were made after the pack fell to the New York Jets at Lambeau Field. It came a week after losing to the Giants in north London and the start of injury troubles that have plagued Rodgers during his 18th season with the pros.

A thumb problem was afoot, with Rodgers apparently suggesting it was broken during a recent appearance on the Pat McAfee Show. The problem hasn’t gone away since the Giants fight, they say ESPN’s Rob Demovsky:

A healthy Rodgers would certainly thrive under the supervision of Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka. The latter was formerly Patrick Mahome’s positional coach with the Kansas City Chiefs, so Rodgers could expect the Giants to develop a creative offense and maximize his considerable arm talent.

Top-notch coaching coupled with elite physical talent would transform the Giants’ offense, but there are other reasons why that trade wouldn’t be viable for Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen.

Even if they can pull off a trade for Rodgers, this Giants regime should avoid the scenario. It would not be economical and would be in line with Schoen’s current philosophy.

He’s relied on signing low-cost free agents with advantages like receiver/returner Richie James, or seasoned conspiracy attacks like edge-rusher Jihad Ward. More often than not, Schoen has made draft his priority rather than delving too heavily into the veteran market.

The approach has already yielded building blocks for the future, like 2022 first-rounders, pass-rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux and offensive tackle Evan Neal. Draft picks would become 23 a scarce commodity if Schoen traded for Rodgers.

So would be cashing in under the salary cap, although predicts the Giants will have up to $51,458,949 worth of space. That’s enough to cover the estimated $31,623,568 cap on Rodgers’ contract next year, but the Giants need money to address other issues.

Those issues include securing the future of key free agents, including Jones and running back Saquon Barkley. There are also new deals for core players like versatile safety Julian Love and nose tackle Dexter Lawrence.

Schoen would be wise to look at how recent trades for a staff signal caller have not gone well for other teams. The Denver Broncos are struggling even after sending multiple first-round picks. including the 2023 electionand solid pros like defensive tackle Shelby Harris and tight end Noah Fant through to the Seattle Seahawks for Russell Wilson.

Meanwhile, the Indianapolis Colts traded for Matt Ryan only to bench the former Atlanta Falcons starter. The Washington Commanders did the same with Ryan’s predecessor, Carson Wentz.

Continuing to build the draft and using the agency intelligently and selectively will benefit the Giants more than selling the house to see if Rodgers has anything left in the tank.

The approach has already yielded building blocks for the future, like 2022 first-rounders, pass-rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux and offensive tackle Evan Neal. Draft picks would become 23 a scarce commodity if Schoen traded for Rodgers.

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