NY Giants: Big Blue Aaron Rodgers trade pros/cons

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Just as the NFL Draft was heating up, all 32 franchises–including the NY Giants–were put on notice by the seismic announcement that Aaron Rodgers didn’t want to return to the only franchise he has ever played for, the Green Bay Packers.

Truthfully, it has been a long time coming. The Packers have underperformed for much of the legendary signal caller’s career, and have often failed to surround Rodgers with the appropriate amount of talent to compete for and win Super Bowl trophies.

Until Aaron Jones was drafted in 2017, the running back position was often a weak link for Green Bay, putting a ceiling on how much damage the offense could do. In 2020, instead of adding a weapon for Rodgers, the Packers picked his potential replacement in Jordan Love.

Rodgers has every reason to be riled up about Green Bay’s strategy. He has carried that franchise to ten postseason appearances but has hoisted the Vince Lombardi trophy overhead just once, and has made just two trips overall to the biggest spectacle in sports.

After an eight-year stretch of dominance from 2009-2016, the 2017 and 2018 seasons were essentially a waste of his talents. The Packers mustered a 13-18 record and brought in HC Matt LaFleur, only to see he and Rodgers not see eye to eye.

Now we’re here.

The NY Giants showed promise in 2020, but a 6-10 record is nothing to refuse roster changes for. Big Blue hasn’t made a postseason appearance in over four years and acquiring Rodgers would immediately change that.

For general manager Dave Gettleman and the NY Giants, the cost to acquire Rodgers isn’t all that prohibitive following last weekend’s trades during the NFL Draft.

Should Gettleman and the NY Giants make the move? Let’s take a look: