General manager John Lynch admitted on Thursday that the 49 had contacted the Packers for Aaron Rodgers. Why wouldn’t they? Rodgers is a three-time MVP in the league.
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan joined The Rich Eisen Show on Monday and added details of the team’s interest in Rodgers before taking Trey Lance with the third overall pick.
“Yes, the truth is that I don’t want to wake up the next day on Friday and see Aaron Rodgers, one of the best defenders in this league, trading without paying him any attention,” Shanahan told Eisen. “So, I just called [Packers coach] Matt [LaFleur]and asked him if there was anything, and Matt told me I would be wasting my time if we called Lynch, so Lynch didn’t call anyone the next day. But yeah, I got to Matt the night before and asked him, “Hey, man, I don’t want to wake up the next day and see that Aaron has been replaced, and I didn’t even look at him.” I did this with Matt. He gave me a very quick answer. . . . I guess it worked out. We were happy to take our man and we hope they will succeed. “
LaFleur said publicly during the project that the Packers have no intention of trading with the star quarterback and want it back. It looks like the heels are dug in on both sides, so who knows where he’s going from here.
For now, Rodgers is a packer. If / when a team launches it, many teams will be interested. However, the 49 could get away with using Lance’s high selection.