If I had a great "core" in place and felt strongly that Chase, Brown, McCaffrey was the final piece needed* for me to make a strong SB push, sure, I'd do it. Keep in mind also that in outside of the total cost... for the team potentially acquiring Rodgers if they take up his option he would only have a cap hit of ~16m for them in 2023/24.Why would ANY team trade away 2 1st round picks + for a former MVP player for 2 years of service AND pay them top$$? Would you, as a GM, trade 2 1st round picks AND $70+ mil for 2 years of service for Jamaar Chase, AJ Brown, Mc Caffrey? 2 1sts for 2 years for any player is steep, IMHO.
Anyways though we need not look much further than last season with the Russell Wilson deal. Yes, Wilson is younger (34 vs 39) but he has never won MVP nor Super Bowl MVP while Rodgers is a 4x league MVP and has a SB MVP on top of that. The Broncos had a top defense and some good skill pieces and were quite convinced they were only a QB away. With that in mind here is a refresher on what they were willing to give away for a younger but worse QB than Rodgers:
- 2022 1st (#9 overall)
- 2022 2nd (#40 overall)
- 2022 5th
- 2023 1st (which has turned out to be #5 overall)
- 2023 2nd
- QB Drew Lock
- TE Noah Fant
- DL Shelby Harris
- QB Russell Wilson
- 2022 4th (#116)
And promptly signed Wilson to a new contract at 5 years, ~243 million with 161m guaranteed (Rodgers' extension was of course 3 years, 150m, fully guaranteed). And the final few years of Russ' contract (25, 26, 27, 28) have a higher cap hit than Rodgers' remaining years at this point too.
I've said before that this may serve as a cautionary tale to some but if there exists a QB-needy team willing to give up that haul for a younger albeit worse QB then I think by the same measure a QB-needy team might give up a surprising amount for Rodgers.
*Of course it's a bit apples to oranges as a top QB stands to influence the game far, far more than even the absolute best WR/RBs.