The biggest story coming out of Thursday’s first round of the NFL draft was not Trevor Lawrence going to the Jaguars or Trey Lance going to San Francisco.
It was the news that Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers reportedly wants to leave the organization. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that league sources said the reigning MVP is disgruntled with the Packers and does not want to return in 2021.
Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst said there are no plans to trade the 37-year-old quarterback at this time.
“We’ve been working through this for a little while now, and I just think it may take some time,” Gutekunst said Thursday night. “But he’s a guy that kind of makes this thing go. He gives us the best chance to win, and we’re going to work towards that end.”
Rodgers is under contract until the end of the 2023 season, but there is no more guaranteed money left on the deal. The two sides have been communicating during the offseason, according to ESPN.
San Francisco general manager John Lynch told reporters that the 49ers had “inquired” about Rodgers. The 49ers wound up selecting Lance with the third pick in the draft.
“Sometime after 5 o’clock, after a lot of the stuff had kind of hit the airwaves, I got I think one call,” Gutekunst said. “It was very brief, and that was it.”
Oddsmakers are not convinced Rodgers will remain with the Packers. FOXBet and offshore sportsbook BetOnline both released odds for a potential trade destination for Rodgers.
Denver is listed as a -150 favorite to be his next team at FOXBet, while BetOnline has the Broncos priced as +200 ‘chalk.’ Las Vegas had the second-shortest odds at both books. FOXBet has the Raiders at +250 and BetOnline has them at +700.
The offshore book also has a prop available regarding Rodgers taking the first snap for Green Bay in Week 1. He is listed as a -275 favorite to take the first snap and +185 to be elsewhere.
BetOnline has Rodgers at +600/-1500 to be named the permanent Jeopardy! host before 2023. Bettors can win a max of $25 on the ‘No’ side of that prop offering, so there is no incentive to tie money up for several years.
The second round of the NFL draft continues Friday.