The Los Angeles Rams are the speak of the NFL after reportedly agreeing to phrases on a blockbuster commerce for Matthew Stafford, but when every thing went in keeping with their plans, they might’ve ended up with a good larger identify underneath middle. Showing on NFL Community Sunday evening to debate the Rams’ deal for Stafford, the Los Angeles Instances‘ Sam Farmer mentioned the staff initially tried to commerce for Packers star Aaron Rodgers, however Inexperienced Bay merely refused to entertain the concept.
“They wished to improve from Jared Goff,” Farmer mentioned. “They felt like there have been a sure variety of quarterbacks who may try this. I feel Deshaun Watson was out of their worth vary. They made a run at Aaron Rodgers, and the Packers have been adamant that they weren’t buying and selling him.”
Whereas the information is not essentially shocking, contemplating how a lot Rams brass brazenly hinted at looking for an improve over Goff in 2021, it nonetheless rings loud within the wake of Rodgers’ reported discontent in Inexperienced Bay. The Packers, for what it is value, have repeatedly and publicly expressed religion in Rodgers because the membership’s QB of the close to and even distant future, with Rodgers himself just lately suggesting there’s little purpose he will not return in 2021. However the QB notably questioned his personal future with the staff after the Packers’ NFC Championship loss and is reportedly sad along with his present contract, resulting in hypothesis about his availability.
There’s additionally Rodgers’ California connection. Whereas it is clear Inexperienced Bay is critical about retaining No. 12 — or just did not generate sufficient substantive commerce proposals from the Rams — Rodgers was born and raised on the West Coast, house of the Rams. In the long run, L.A. concentrating on him as a possible Goff substitute will doubtless stay within the “what-could-have-been” file, with Rodgers’ previous NFC North rival in Stafford heading to the Rams as a substitute.