General Manager John Lynch admitted on Thursday that the 49ers reached out to the Packers about Aaron Rodgers. Why would they not? Rodgers is a triple league MVP.
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan joined The Rich Eisen Show on Monday, adding details of the team’s interest in Rodgers before taking Trey Lance with the third overall pick.
“Yes, the exact truth is that I will not wake up the next day on Friday and see Aaron Rodgers, one of the best quarterbacks in this league, traded without any care on him,” Shanahan told Eisen . “So I just called [Packers coach] Matt [LaFleur]and asked him if there was anything about it and Matt told me I should waste my time if we had Lynch calls so Lynch did not call anyone the next day. But yeah, I reached out to Matt the night before and asked him, ‘Hey man, I do not want to wake up the next day and see that Aaron was traded for something and I did not even at least look into it. ‘That’s what I did with Matt. He gave me a very quick answer. . . . It worked, I think. We were happy to have our guy and hopefully it works out for them. ”
LaFleur said publicly during the draft that the Packers do not intend to trade the star quarterback and want him back. Both sides seem to have their heels dug in, so who knows where it goes from here.
For now, Rodgers is a Packer. If / when the team brings him to market, many teams will be interested. However, the 49ers could have taken themselves out of the race after using the high pick on Lance.