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If Daniel Jones falters, might Giants pursue an Aaron Rodgers trade in 2022?

Aaron Rodgers is back in Green Bay this morning in time to attend the team’s training camp and assume his rightful position as the King of Titletown, USA.

For this year, at least. Then again, maybe not.

The reigning NFL MVP reportedly came to an agreement with the Packers, albeit temporary, and will try to finally get his team into the Super Bowl after two straight losses in the NFC Championship Game.

Rodgers, who led the Pack to a Super Bowl victory in 2010, has gotten his team to the NFC Playoffs eight times since but not back to the big game. losing in the NFC Championship Game four times over that period.

Rodgers’ Packers career appears to be sunsetting regardless of this year’s outcome. The team has already selected his successor (Jordan Love) and is prepared to move on. They will most likely not let him walk out the door as a free agent, however. A trade is the most realistic scenario here, but to whom? The majority of teams have their quarterback in place at the moment, especially the teams out west where Rodgers would prefer to end his NFL career.

Both Los Angeles teams have staked their claims — the Rams with Matthew Stafford and the Chargers with Justin Herbert. The 49ers still have Jimmy Garappolo and just drafted Trey Lance. Arizona is locked into Kyler Murray as are the Seahawks with Russell Wilson — for now. That leaves Denver and Las Vegas and neither may have to appetite or assets to make a viable offer in a trade.

Denver, however, under John Elway, is not afraid to make splash and the Raiders would love to have a marquee name to headline for them on The Strip. Still, neither may interest Rodgers or the Packers.

Enter the New York Giants. Yes, we know they are 3,000 miles from where Rodgers yearns to be, but they are also in the biggest market in the NFL. After playing in the league’s smallest market for 16 years, maybe the bright lights would perk him up.

But aren’t the Giants in love with Daniel Jones? Yes, they are. But they won’t be for very long if Jones does not deliver in 2021. That is one of the reasons Big Blue went out and accumulated draft capital this spring, adding additional 2022 first and third round picks. The front office has plied Jones with enough weapons for him to succeed. If he doesn’t, they could look to move on. Rodgers, who turns 37 this December, could be the short-term answer.

It’s a long shot, we know, but Rodgers retuning to Green Bay is the first step in any process that could make him a Giant. He’s not retiring as many had thought. He wants to play, just not in Green Bay anymore. As training camp begins, the Giants will get a good look at Jones and will likely be able to see immediately if he’s matured as a passer and a leader. If they are satisfied, they probably won’t pursue Rodgers. If they have doubts, don’t discount their interest.

Keep in mind. The Giant have had one winning season over the last eight years. That is unacceptable in these parts. The owners and the front office knows it. If there is any doubt Jones will not be able turn them around, a trade for Rodgers is not the wildest scenario. They have the capital and the spotlight to get it done.

Whether or not anything materializes between the Giants and Rodgers in the future remains to be seen, but at the very least, remaining in Green Bay helps Big Blue. He’ll torment the Chicago Bears, whom traded their 2022 first-round pick to the Giants, twice this season and he won’t suit up for the Denver Broncos, who play the Giants in Week 1.

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