The Tennessee Titans have reportedly reached out to the Green Bay Packers regarding a potential trade for quarterback Aaron Rodgers as Green Bay still hasn't completed a trade with the New York Jets, a former NFL executive reportedly told NFL Analysis Network.
“While the likely outcome for Rodgers is still the Jets, the Titans have reached out recently. If things fall apart with New York, Tennessee would have a shot at acquiring him,” the former NFL executive said.
The Titans would be a surprise landing spot for the 39-year-old quarterback as they've already released several veteran players as part of an apparent long-term rebuilding project. Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill has one year remaining on his four-year, $118 million deal signed in 2020 and -- despite head coach Mike Vrabel seemingly giving him support as the team's expected starter last month -- would likely be included in a trade for Rodgers.
Last week, president Mark Murphy confirmed his team's general manager Brian Gutekunst and New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas "have been talking," but didn't provide specifics regarding a trade centered around Rodgers.
"Again, that's something Brian is working on," Murphy said last Tuesday (April 11) via ESPN. "I've been actively involved. There's really nothing more to say."
On March 15, Rodgers publicly acknowledged his intention to play for the Jets next season, however, a deal has yet to be completed. On April 3, NBC Sports' Peter King predicted the Packers and Jets would have a trade finalized by April 28, the night of the second-round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
"Since Rodgers would be unlikely to be at the dawn of the Jets offseason program April 17, the big date is the 28th because that’s when it’s most realistic the first draft choice would be exchanged between the teams," King wrote in his latest Football Morning in America column.
Rodgers met with Jets owner Woody Johnson and a contingent of team representatives in California on March 7. New York had previously acquired Rodgers' predecessor, Brett Favre, in a trade with the Packers in 2008, which led to the eventual four-time NFL MVP taking over as Green Bay's starting quarterback for the remainder of his tenure with the franchise.
Last month, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Jets were "a very real scenario" in a possible trade for Rodgers even prior to the hiring of Hackett, who the quarterback had publicly praised following his hiring as the Denver Broncos' head coach last offseason. Rodgers led the NFL's top scoring offense during the first of two consecutive Associated Press Most Valuable Player award-winning seasons in 2020, both of which took place during Hackett's tenure with the Packers.
Rodgers signed a three-year, $150 million extension with the Packers last offseason amid previous reports of being disgruntled with the franchise. The 39-year-old was coming off back-to-back MVP seasons ahead of the 2022 NFL season, which resulted in Green Bay missing the playoffs after clinching a postseason berth during the previous three consecutive seasons and 11 of the past 13 years.
Rodgers leads all Packers quarterbacks with 475 touchdowns and ranks second in franchise history behind only Favre in QB wins (147), completions (5,001) and passing yards (7,660).
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