Even though a report surfaced about the Carolina Panthers inquiring about quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the move appears highly unlikely.
Another day when the Carolina Panthers were linked with a veteran quarterback. This time, it was Aaron Rodgers.
According to ESPN’s insider Adam Schefter via NFL Live, the Panthers have reportedly reached out to the Green Bay Packers about their four-time MVP. This would be an absolute bombshell in no uncertain terms and would instantly propel Carolina into playoff contention within a weak-looking NFC South.
Those in power are leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit of finding a better option under center. They’ve already spoken with Derek Carr and met with the consensus top-five draft prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine, so calling the Packers about Rodgers shouldn’t come as a surprise from a due diligence standpoint if nothing else.
With that being said, here are three reasons why a Carolina trade for Rodgers won’t be happening in 2023.
Reason No. 1
Carolina Panthers also reside in the NFC
Even if Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers decided to go their separate ways, it’s unlikely they’ll want to trade their signal-caller to a team within the NFC. Something that could jeopardize their own chance of postseason success depending on how Jordan Love transitions into a prominent starting role.
Rodgers is now out of his long-awaited darkness retreat, so something should become concrete soon enough. But the Panthers being in the same conference makes this a virtual non-starter.