No, the Tennessee Titans shouldn’t try trading for Aaron Rodgers.
It’s honestly insane that this conversation is even a thing, but it is. In an article discussing potential trades for the disgruntled Packers quarterback, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell put the Titans in his list of potentially interested teams, arguing that Rodgers would get them “over the hump.”
While Rodgers is arguably the best quarterback in the NFL and one of the best to ever play, the Titans should stick with Ryan Tannehill, who’s been magnificent in his own right.
— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) May 6, 2021
That’s not to say that Rodgers isn’t better than Tannehill; he is.
But answering the question of “should such-and-such team trade for such-and-such player” requires more effort than assessing whether the player would be an upgrade.
The compensation also has to be taken into account, and the price that the Titans would have to pay to pry Rodgers away from the Packers is simply too steep.
Barnwell suggested in his ESPN article that a fair offer from the Titans would be to send Tannehill and two first-round picks to Green Bay in exchange for a fourth-round pick and Rodgers.
Giving up two premium draft picks and a 32-year-old franchise quarterback in exchange for a 37-year-old franchise quarterback, albeit a supremely talented one, is just too rich for the Titans or just about any team.
For the Titans to make that deal, they would have to believe that having Rodgers would make them instant Super Bowl favorites.
While Rodgers certainly is talented enough to carry even a mostly talentless team to the Super Bowl, he’s only played on the big stage once in his career, and that was 10 years ago.
The Titans should keep their draft picks and keep building around Tannehill. He’s produced at an extraordinarily high level in Tennessee, and he’s five years younger than Rodgers.
Again, it’s important to note that Rodgers would absolutely be an improvement over Tannehill.
However, mortgaging the future in exchange for an older quarterback when you already have a more-than-capable starter at the position just isn’t a good idea.
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