Trade Proposal Sends Packers’ Rodgers to Top AFC Squad for Pro-Bowl QB

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Getty Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers reportedly is building a house near Nashville.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may have just dropped a big hint on where he will play next season – or at least where he would like to play.

Jared Stillman, of ESPN Nashville 102.5 The Game, tweeted on February 2 that Rodgers is constructing a home outside the NFL city. In this tweet, Stillman mentioned the location of the build and the quarterback’s playing preferences for next season.

“Sources: Aaron Rodgers has purchased land and is in the process of building a home in the Nashville suburb of Franklin (Williamson Co.) Also, source says Rodgers is ‘open’ to joining the Titans,” Stillman wrote. “Another source says that current Packers teammates do not expect Rodgers back in GB.”

That Rodgers, 38, has chosen the Nashville area to build a home may not come as a surprise. He’s a noted music fan, and Nashville is a hotbed of music. In 2009, Rodgers even co-founded a San Diego-based independent record label, Suspended Sunrise Recordings, that was active until 2014, according to its website.

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Titans Suffered Playoff Failures Under QB Ryan Tannehill, Could Upgrade With Rodgers

GettyTennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

The Titans have been a contender for a half-decade, making the playoffs each of the previous three seasons and four of the last five years.

The team has failed to reach the Super Bowl during that stretch. The farthest the Titans have traveled in the postseason was the AFC Championship Game in 2020, where they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill was selected for the Pro Bowl that season, his first in Tennessee.

On January 22, Tannehill threw three interceptions as part of a 19-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC’s divisional round. The Titans had earned a first-round bye getting the AFC’s No. 1 seed with a 12-5 regular season record.

Presumably, this is where Rodgers could enter the conversation.

Green Bay does not want to trade its MVP quarterback, but the team may not have a choice. Rodgers can force the Packers’ hand by refusing to rework his contract, which has only one year remaining but represents a roughly $46.5 million cap hit. The deal creates an untenable financial situation for the Packers, particularly if the franchise hopes to sign some of its top free agents this offseason and avoid the kind of roster rebuild Rodgers has already said he has no interest in being a part of.

The Titans would fit Rodgers’ criteria of a winner, offering not just star running back Derrick Henry, who led the NFL in yards per game in 2021, but also the wide receiver tandem of A.J. Brown and Julio Jones.

The Titans also make sense as a trade partner for the Packers in two important ways. First, they play in the AFC, meaning Green Bay would not have to see Rodgers in the playoffs until a hypothetical Super Bowl. Secondly, the Titans have an established QB in Tannehill they could send back to Green Bay as part of the deal to pair with the Packers backup signal caller Jordan Love.

Green Bay, of course, would also ask for further draft and/or player compensation as part of any deal with the Titans and would be sure to get a king’s ransom in return for a player of Rodgers’ caliber.

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Titans Speak on Rodgers’ Situation, Publicly Back Tannehill

Meanwhile, Tennessee’s general manager voiced his support for Tannehill, 33.

“He is our quarterback,” GM Jon Robinson said February 1 during an interview at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. “I think Ryan is a leader, I think Ryan is tough, I think Ryan has made a lot of great plays for us. I know he works extremely hard, loves his teammates, is competitive. He’s played a lot of good football.”

On February 4, ESPN’s Turron Davenport reported that a Tennessee team source told him the Titans “don’t consider Rodgers to be an option for them at quarterback and have full intentions of moving forward with Tannehill.”

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