In the wake of Thursday's 27-17 defeat to the Tennessee Titans, NFL pundits are using this opportunity to reflect on the 4-7 Green Bay Packers' future.
These discussions hinge on 38-year-old star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and how likely he'll be to remain in Wisconsin throughout the remainder of his monster contract.
One personality who forecast a change in scenery for Rodgers is Fox Sports' Colin Cowherd. He floated the possibility of the Seattle Seahawks getting involved, and explained his rationale below.
Chief among Cowherd's reasons for Green Bay and Seattle to arrive at a deal: The Seahawks can't be certain how good Geno Smith will be over the long-term. What's more, Seattle has the necessary draft picks to make a trade happen and 70-year-old head coach Pete Carroll is in a position to prioritize winning at all costs.
One factor to consider when discussing trade possibilities: Rodgers does not have a no-trade clause, which adds plausibility to fantasy scenarios.
Rodgers' tenure in Green Bay- while storied, and rife with playoff appearances- has also not been devoid of drama. The four-time league MVP engaged in a holdout through the 2021 offseason, and in an underwhelming 2022 campaign we've seen Rodgers butt heads with teammates and coaches alike.
At the risk of reading too far into drama, a trade could sensible if the veteran leader has lost trust in the clubhouse. Rodgers' deal, which extends through the 2026 season, could pose complications, but trade scenarios like the one Cowherd proposed aren't unrealistic.