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Packer’s trade proposal sends Rodgers to rival for huge draft package

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Several NFL franchises are expected to be interested if the Green Bay Packers bring Aaron Rodgers to the trading block, including some of the team’s fiercest rivals.

A semi-sleeper in the competition are the Seattle Seahawks, who have four of the top 52 picks in the upcoming draft. Pro Football Focus’ Brad Spielberger noted on Dec. 21 that Rodgers is worth more than two first-round picks and two second-round picks that Seattle can comfortably accommodate.

If the Seahawks decide to get into the Rodgers deal this offseason, they can offer arguably the most lucrative draft package in exchange for the QB. Seattle earned the No. 5 and No. 37 in a trade last offseason that sent Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. A trade that included the Seahawks’ No. 20 first-round pick this year, the No. 37 second-round pick in 2023, and a first-round pick in 2024 would likely be enough to finalize a deal between Rodgers and the Packers, who are willing to to separate.

It’s a stretch to think Seattle will be willing to part with the No. 5 for the 39-year-old Rodgers, especially if the trade took the Seahawks a huge financial burden off Green Bay’s hands.

“Rodgers’ move over the trade this off-season is the only real way Green Bay can get out of this deal without too much damage — roughly $40 million in dead cap total — though Dead Cap on a back-to- Back is less considered MVP quarterback in his final years,” Spielberger wrote.

However, a couple of mid-to-late first-rounders and an early second-rounder almost feel like a steal for Rodgers based on what Seattle got back for Wilson just last offseason.

“Even if Rodgers turns 39 in December and plays with the richest contract in the NFL, he may still be worth a trade package roughly equal to that of Russell Wilson — although Wilson’s performance may deter some teams from pulling the trigger ‘ Spielberger wrote. “Rodgers has shown recently that he can adapt to new systems and is not at risk of falling back to the same scale. From a gameplay standpoint, there’s no real concern, but he may not provide a large enough play window to make a return of this grade.

Another twist that makes Seattle a unique landing spot for Rodgers is that if the Seahawks traded for the QB but hold on to fifth overall pick, they could call up a signal caller — maybe Will Levis or CJ Stroud — who could go for one couple behind rodgers plays seasons. Meanwhile, the team can capitalize on the window created by a four-time MVP under center throw to the dynamic reception duo of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.

The Seahawks enjoyed a successful 2022 season and a playoff berth on the arm of resurgent QB Geno Smith as both he and the team exceeded all expectations. However, it makes more sense for Seattle to look elsewhere for a quarterback since Smith is a free agent and will be looking to cash in on his career year. He played for Seattle last season on a one-year contract worth $7 million.

Trade talks have swirled around Rodgers for nearly three years, starting basically immediately after Green Bay traded QB Jordan Love late in the first round in 2020.

The talks were already running again in January, even before that ESPN’s Adam Schefter added fuel to the fire by reporting Saturday that both Rodgers and the Packers know “a trade this offseason is a very real scenario.”

In addition to the Seahawks, potential candidates for Rodgers include the New York Jets, the Las Vegas Raiders, the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts.

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