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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 24-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

There’s no doubt in my mind that the Raiders need a serious restructuring plan. Derek Carr has become a symbol of the Raiders’ never-ending indecision, they keep swapping out everything else except their good-not-great quarterback. But he deserves better than to be associated with this era of splashy confusion. Carr deserves a chance to move on.

Well… who would the Raiders replace Carr with?  Candidates include Geno Smith the 6’3″ Seattle Seahawk QB, Daniel Jones the 6’5″ New York Giants QB, Mac Jones the 6’3″ Seattle Seahawk QB, or Aaron Rodgers.  How do you not put the back-to-back MVP at the top of this list? Now with four league MVPs to his name, Rodgers is on an incredible run with 13 wins in each of the last three seasons. In 2021, he led the NFL in passer rating (111.9) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (37:4). At 38-year-old’s Rodgers is at the height of his powers, with more precision, confidence and command of the offense than at any other point in his career. The individual success Rodgers has enjoyed of late feels second to none, but this season presents a whole new challenge, as he’s working with an unheralded cast of receivers following Davante Adams‘ relocation to Las Vegas. Rodgers is adamant he wants to win another Super Bowl before he hangs up his cleats.

The Packers are just 4-7 following the 27-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football. With the playoffs almost mathematically out of reach for Green Bay, Rodgers could be seriously considering retiring or playing elsewhere in 2023.

If he decides he wants to keep playing, but mutually decides to part ways with the Packers, Peter King with NBC Sports thinks there’s an ideal landing spot and trade proposal for the back-to-back MVP.

“I think it might not be altogether nonsensical to consider trading Rodgers to Las Vegas for Derek Carr and a third-round pick,” King suggested in his weekly column. “Might being the most important word there. Miles to go before you reach a decision like that, but it has crossed my mind.”

The Raiders are just 3-7 and could also use a move to shake things up. It would also allow Rodgers to reunite with his top receiver from the last few seasons in Davante Adams. It’s not the only trade proposal that’s involved Rodgers recently, and the speculation will continue until something happens or Week 1 of the 2023 season begins.