Day 1 of the NFL Draft might have been more exciting before any team was actually on the clock.
Hours before any franchise needed to make a phone call for their selection, rumors of Aaron Rodgers’ discontent in Green Bay reached a fever pitch. The league MVP of 2020 was quickly connected to the 49ers, the Las Vegas Raiders and the Denver Broncos.
While there are varying reports about the rift between the Packers quarterback and his team being all about a more profitable contract, there is potential that it could be about more than than just that.
As the day continued on, more reports of Rodgers being upset enough to want out of Green Bay started appearing on social media. As they have through the free agency and the draft, general manager John Lynch confirmed the team did their due diligence and made a call to Wisconsin.
“Yeah, we inquired,” Lynch said on Thursday. “It was a quick end to the conversation. It wasn’t happening, and as we’ve said, we’ve been convicted for a long long time. So we went right back to where we’ve been, and that is really excited about adding Trey Lance to the 49ers and we are thrilled about that."
This isn’t the first time that the club has admitted to taking steps to make an upgrade under center. During the 2020 offseason, the 49ers confirmed they made inquiries about bringing Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Tom Brady back to his childhood home.
Lynch explained that it’s part of covering all options, but ultimately the team is very pleased with how the first evening of the draft has gone thus far. In regards to the Rodgers rumors, Lynch found out like the rest of us.
“I don’t know about you guys, but to me when the MVP of league might be available, and I didn’t know that, I’m just reading the tea leaves like everybody else saying, ‘Hold on is something going on here?’”
While the No. 3 pick by the 49ers may have been a surprise, the club has been consistent in researching all possibilities when it comes to personnel.