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Report: Aaron Rodgers could end up playing for Carolina Panthers, via blockbuster trade with Packers

The Aaron Rodgers saga has a new twist. According to recent reports, the Carolina Panthers have expressed interest in trading for the Green Bay Packers quarterback. On ESPN's "NFL Live", insider Adam Schefter confirmed that the Panthers has inquired with the Packers about a possible trade for the four-time league MVP and future Hall of Famer.

The rumors surrounding Rodgers' future have been swirling ever since the Packers lost against the Detroit Lions in Week 18, which ultimately ended their playoff hopes.

Despite completing a "darkness retreat" last week, the 39-year-old quarterback has yet to confirm if he will be returning to football in 2023. Even if he does, there is still a possibility that the Packers and Rodgers may decide to part ways.

Carolina needs a quality QB to compete

Carolina, on the other hand, has been in need of a quality quarterback since Cam Newton, who's last healthy and productive season was in 2017. Despite the struggles at the quarterback position, the Panthers managed to win seven games in the 2022 season and missed out on the NFC South division crown by just one game.

Players like Kyle Allen, Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Darnold, P.J. Walker, and Baker Mayfield were unable to solve Carolina's problems at quarterback.

If Rodgers were to join the Panthers, he would undoubtedly make them the heavy favorites to win the division. However, the first step would be for Rodgers to commit to playing in 2023 before teams can start dreaming of a potential trade for the legendary quarterback.

The possibility of Rodgers joining the Panthers is certainly an exciting prospect for the team and their fans. It is important to note that the Panthers have a history of being aggressive in their pursuit of top-tier talent.

In 2019, they signed running back Christian McCaffrey to a four-year, $64 million contract extension, making him the highest-paid running back in the NFL at the time.

What's clear is that the Panthers are in dire need of a quarterback who can lead them to the playoffs and beyond. It remains to be seen if the Panthers and Packers can come to an agreement on a trade, but if they do, it would be a game-changing move for both franchises.

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