Former Packers exec reveals big difference between Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre trades
Former Green Bay Packers executive Andrew Brant explained the difference between a Brett Favre trade and a potential Aaron Rodgers trade.
The Green Bay Packers are awaiting a decision from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The four-time NFL MVP is currently deciding whether he wants to continue playing with the Packers, ask for a trade to a new team, or retire.
Even after meeting with the New York Jets last week, there’s still no timeline on when Rodgers will give his answer to the NFL world.
Rodgers will likely become the next face of the franchise’s quarterback to leave Green Bay via a trade. The most recent was Brett Favre, who was traded to the Jets prior to the 2008 season after retiring at the time. The similarities between Favre and Rodgers have persisted over the years, especially when the needys drafted Jordan Love in 2020 as their next potential long-term quarterback.
Former Packers CEO Andrew Brandt was asked on Twitter about the differences team president Mark Murphy had with Rodgers in 2023 and with Favre again in 2008. Brandt said Favre was popular and that the organization received criticism after moving with Rodgers as the starting quarterback. . Feeling like it’s not bad now, Brandt says, “It looks like a respectable segment of the fanbase is ready to move on to Jordan.”
Britt was incredibly popular. The hate we received from moving to Aaron was overwhelming.
I don’t feel the same here. It looks like a good segment of the fan is ready to move on to Jordan. https://t.co/aSW4nNoiVa
— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) March 11, 2023
Former Packers CEO Andrew Brandt explains the difference between Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers deals
After the 2007 season, Favre announced his retirement from the NFL. However, months later, Favre changed his mind and expressed his desire to continue his career. With the Packers already making the decision to switch to Rodgers as their starting quarterback, they opted to trade Favre elsewhere, which eventually switched to the Jets.
Brandt himself said during an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show,” that they told Favre that they were ready to start Rodgers at quarterback before the 2008 season.
With Rodgers, the past two years have been full of drama. On the night of the 2021 NFL Draft, reports indicated that Rodgers requested a trade from the Packers. Then that carried over into the waiting area around the OTA and the mini camp. But, Rodgers eventually made his return to the team during training camp. After winning the NFL MVP title for back-to-back seasons, the Packers signed Rodgers to a three-year, $150.8 million contract extension.
With Rodgers expressing uncertainty about his status for the 2023 season since losing the Week 18 Sunday Night Football game against the Detroit Lions, the Packers seemed more open to moving forward with Love as a starting quarterback. General Manager Brian Gutekunst said at the NFL Scouting Combine that Love “needs to play.”
Then, there was Murphy, who said this week that the Packers have “great confidence” in love and that he’s “prepared.” Let’s not forget that Love will be an unrestricted free agent after this season if he doesn’t pick up the fifth-year option. Therefore, the Packers want to finally see what he can do while leading the offense for an entire season.
While the Gates and Rodgers met, there was a report from NFL Network’s Tom Bellicero on Saturday that neither team had worked out a framework for the trade. They both wait for Rodgers to announce what he wants to do, and then they’ll work out a deal.
The free agency negotiation window officially opens on Monday, March 13th, with the league’s 2023 year officially beginning on Wednesday, March 15th. As for whether Rodgers will announce his decision before these important dates in the NFL calendar, it’s anyone’s guess.