General manager John Lynch admitted Thursday the 49ers had contacted the Packers about Aaron Rodgers, why didn’t they? Rodgers is a three-time league MVP.
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan attended The Rich Eisen Show on Monday and added details about the team’s interest in Rodgers before accepting Trey Lance with a third overall option.
“Yes, the absolute truth is I didn’t want to wake up the next day on Friday and meet Aaron Rodgers, one of the best defenders in the league, traded without doing anything to him. “So,” Shahan told Eisen, “so I just called. [Packers coach] Matt [LaFleur]And asked him if anything, Matt told me I would waste my time if we had lynch, so the next day Lynch wouldn’t call anyone. But yes, I reached Matt the night before and asked him. ‘Hey man, I don’t want to wake up the next day and see Aaron in exchange for something and at least I haven’t looked into it.’ That’s what I did with Matt. He gave a very quick answer..I guess it worked. We are happy to have our men and hope that it will be helpful for them. ”
LaFleur said publicly during the draft, the Packers had no intention of trading the young defender and wanted him to return. Both sides seemed to have their heels dug up, so who knew it went from here.
Rodgers is now a Packer, if / when a team puts him in the market, many teams will be interested.However, the 49ers may take themselves off the run after using a high pick on Lance.