Many fans desire to see Aaron Rodgers with the San Francisco 49ers as they eagerly await the outcome of quarterback Brock Purdy’s elbow surgery scheduled for Friday, which could keep him out of the game for six to nine months.
Regardless of the outcome, the 49ers will likely add a veteran quarterback. Michael Silver recently named Matt Ryan, Jacoby Brissett, and Andy Dalton among the quarterbacks the 49ers are considering pairing with first-round pick Trey Lance.
However, one quarterback the 49ers are unlikely to pursue is Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers due to the team’s salary-cap situation and lack of early draft capital.
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What lies ahead of Aaron Rodgers?
The New York Jets, who recently hosted a free-agent visit with Derek Carr, have expressed a high level of interest in Rodgers. With a talented team struggling with poor quarterback play and a third-year head coach under pressure to win now, the Jets bringing Rodgers to Florham Park makes a lot of sense.
As for soon-to-be-free-agent Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers have made it clear that he will not return in 2023, setting him up to test free agency for the first time in his career. Garoppolo is seeking a mid-to-high-level starter’s contract, and the Houston Texans are the likeliest destination among a group of interested teams, including the Raiders and Panthers.
The 49ers quarterback room currently includes Purdy and Lance, who is coming off a serious injury himself. The latter suffered a season-ending ankle injury in September but is expected to be full-go for organized team activities in May. Adding a veteran quarterback to their team will insulate the 49ers at the position, ensuring they have the experience and skill set needed to succeed. While Rodgers may not be a viable option, other veteran quarterbacks such as Ryan, Brissett, and Dalton could be excellent additions to the team.