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Raiders could trade for 4x MVP in Blockbuster trading, according to insider Derek Carr

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The Green Bay Packers and Las Vegas Raiders were arguably the two most disappointing teams in the NFL this season. The former is 4-7, the latter 3-7. Both teams were in the playoffs last year, so their declines are notable. They are also connected.

The Packers traded star wide receiver Davante Adams to the Raiders this offseason. It’s not a move Green Bay wanted to make, but Adams wanted to be closer to his West Coast family. It’s clear he’s been an important part of their offense as the team has already lost as many regular-season games this season as they have in the last two years combined. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers could potentially be on his way out after the season ends, whether through retirement or a trade.

NBC Sports’ Peter King believes a Rodgers and Adams reunion in Las Vegas this offseason could be an option.

“I think it wouldn’t be entirely unreasonable to trade Rodgers to Derek Carr and a third-round pick to Las Vegas. Perhaps the most important word there. Miles to go before you make a decision like that, but it’s crossed my mind,” King wrote.

The Packers could be upset for not trading Rodgers last year when he was originally unhappy. He still played like one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. This season, the four-time MVP is finally showing his age. He’s still posting solid numbers with a lackluster wide receiver corps, but he’s not impacting the win like he has in the past. The fact that he’s talked a lot about retirement in recent years must be making the Packers nervous.

If Rodgers doesn’t retire after the season, a swap for the right team could well be a possibility. He will determine which team he wants to play for. The Raiders could be appealing because he could reunite with Adams. He would also throw to Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller, which would easily give him the best group of receivers he’s ever had. Carr might be attractive to Green Bay because he doesn’t cause drama or make a ton of headlines. He’s also good enough for the team to have on the field as they try to find a possible long-term replacement.

Rodgers will one day be inducted into the Hall of Fame and is one of the most talented passers to ever throw a football. However, it makes no sense for the Raiders to trade for him. First off, there will be another future Hall of Famer quarterback this offseason. Tom Brady is seven years older than Rodgers but is aging more gracefully. He also has a deep understanding of Josh McDaniels’ offense. Also, signing him would be a lot cheaper than taking Rodgers’ $50 million annual salary.

On top of that, the Raiders like Carr. This season didn’t go according to plan but they signed him in the off-season. They wouldn’t have done that if they didn’t have the confidence that he would be the starter for more than one season. Considering Rodgers is non-binding on his future, the Raiders might be better off not making a deal to acquire him.

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