Trade Rumors Continue Flying in Regarding NFC North QBs
Every year, the NFL offseason becomes a growingly exciting time of year. In the new age of player movement, there are constantly trade rumors swirling around players, namely at the quarterback position. In particular, a couple QBs in the NFC North seem to be caught up in these trade rumors.
It seems like every offseason there is some sort of rumor regarding the future of Aaron Rodgers. Will he retire? Will he ask for a trade? Well, the flavor of the week in terms of Rodgers trade rumors seems to be a trip out east to the New York Jets.
Adam Schefter reported early in the week that the Packers would be open to dealing Rodgers under one condition: the team he goes to resides in the AFC. That immediately eliminates half the teams in the NFL, and if a trade were to happen, it further tilts the QB talent pool towards the AFC.
One immediate option for a trade is the New York Jets. It makes sense. They have the draft capital to acquire him, they can move money around to fit him under the salary cap, and the young talent is some of the best in the league both offensively and defensively.
This rumor is far less believable, but it’s still out there. Apparently, the Chicago Bears are interested in moving Justin Fields and selecting Bryce Young with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
NFL legend Warren Sapp claimed that the Bears would be interested in dealing Fields elsewhere in favor of selecting the Alabama quarterback. On first glance, though, this feels like a smokescreen in order to entice other teams to trade for that top pick. Namely, the Houston Texans, who hold the second pick in the draft and are almost certainly going to select a quarterback.
In the end, though, it may come down to which type of package Chicago can get more from. If they can get more draft capital for trading down from No. 1 (potentially multiple times), they’ll likely do that. If they get multiple firsts for Fields, then they might opt to do that. My money remains on the Bears keeping Fields, for what it is worth.
Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. He also earned minors in History, Human Biology, and Journalism. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys marathon training, playing video games, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. For more of his opinions, check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.
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