49ers news: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady both want to sign with Niners?

Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers talks with Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers talks with Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

As boyhood 49ers fans, it makes sense two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, would want to end their careers in the red and gold.

Two of the greatest NFL talents of this era, quarterbacks Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, apparently want to end their careers with their favorite boyhood team.

The San Francisco 49ers, of course.

It certainly speaks to the level of success the Niners had back when both Brady and Rodgers were growing up, and it also doesn’t hurt that both are from Northern California anyway.

However, after being shunned (likely) multiple times by San Francisco, both Brady and Rodgers would be forgiven for not wanting to have anything to do with the 49ers as they wind down their careers with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers, respectively.

Except it doesn’t appear to be that way.

Aaron Rodgers to join Tom Brady in pursuit of 49ers QB job in 2023?

The Niners have their own quarterbacking situation to figure out next year, primarily centering on whether or not to let Jimmy Garoppolo walk in free agency (he likely will unless he’s guaranteed the starting job), finally hand the reins over to a (fully healthy) Trey Lance or see how things go with San Francisco’s latest out-of-nowhere phenom, rookie Brock Purdy.

Compelling, right?

More on that in a moment, but it’s already well-established that Brady wouldn’t mind wrapping up his career in the Bay Area, provided he decides to play until he’s 46 years old, and there are rumors about that being the case.

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However, another surfacing rumor suggests Rodgers would also entertain the thought of heading out west to join the 49ers, too:


Granted, Rodgers has been part of Niners-centric discussions before, primarily before Lance was drafted in 2021, but nothing materialized out of that.

And while Rodgers’ relationship with the Packers’ front office has apparently improved since those awkward days of the spring of 2021, the fact Green Bay appears in all-out freefall this season suggests anything might be possible.

Including the aforementioned rumor of him being OK with a trade to San Francisco.

Would 49ers target either Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers in 2023?

It’s a good question. The 49ers have had their shots at both quarterbacks, especially Brady, in recent years. Green Bay might have snubbed any Niners trade offer, but its current situation could speak different measures.

Brady, meanwhile, is a free agent in 2023. Assuming San Francisco is OK with letting Garoppolo walk while also being OK with putting off Lance’s deployment as a full-time starter for yet another year, yes, Brady would be a target.

Rodgers, however, would require some sort of trade package that the 49ers would have to be comfortable with. And, after the deals for both Lance and All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey, the stockpile of NFL draft picks available to send back in exchange for Rodgers would be awfully slim.

Unless the Packers would be willing to offboard Rodgers on the cheap, at least in terms of draft compensation, which doesn’t seem likely.

As such, Brady is probably the likelier of the two options, although the Niners would again have to wonder about the GOAT’s age.

Although that’s been a discussion point for years now already.

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