Cousin Sal, his longstanding recurring guest on Sundays to recap the NFL games, who happens to be a devoted Cowboys fan, seemed open to the idea.
Simmons, the founder of The Ringer and longtime sports podcast host, was excited to speculate on a potential trade as he gestured for his producer Kyle Crichton to “turn the TikTok camera on.”
Cousin Sal then openly questioned how much longer Aaron Rodgers would play for and whether he would want to play for current Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy once again. As they agreed that a reunion between the two was unlikely, Simmons continued to speculate on whether the Cowboys would fire McCarthy to hire Sean Payton.
Sal and Simmons both settled on the idea that they would have more confidence in winning a Super Bowl with the duo of Aaron Rodgers and Sean Payton over Dak Prescott and Mike McCarthy.
Payton, who has long been rumored to the Cowboys, has recently interviewed with the Broncos and Texans, was scheduled to meet the Panthers today, and was requested by the Cardinals. He is scheduled to have a second interview with the Broncos this week.
While the chances that the Cowboys and Packers would agree to such a deal is highly unlikely, it is definitely an interesting scenario that both fan bases would have to consider.
Doubts about Dak?
In the divisional round playoff game against the 49ers, Dak had a disappointing performance as the offense scored 12 points and he threw two first-half interceptions. After a turnover-filled season in which he tied for the league lead in interceptions, Cowboys fans are starting to develop more serious doubts about whether Dak can be their franchise QB that can lead them to a Super Bowl.
While they would likely be getting less certainty and consistency with an end-of-career Aaron Rodgers, there would certainly be Cowboys fans interested in acquiring Rodgers to pair with their elite defense to make a Super Bowl run. Yet, Cowboys fans may struggle to grasp the idea of getting Rodgers after he has torched them on many occasions.
Meanwhile, Packers fans would definitely concede that although Prescott would be an immediate upgrade over QB Jordan Love, most would probably rather see Love get a year to start and demonstrate his progress.
Slim chance of happening
There is a real possibility that Aaron Rodgers will be traded. However, it is very unlikely that the Packers would decide to trade him to a longtime in-conference rival.
After the loss, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continued to express his confidence and belief in Dak Prescott as his quarterback and Mike McCarthy as the coach.
While the Packers would acquire another good veteran quarterback in Prescott, this would inevitably stunt the development of Jordan Love, who showed tremendous growth in his relief performance this season.
As such, I would say there is very little, if any, chance that this trade actually comes to fruition.
Despite this unlikelihood, it was a fun and enjoyable hypothetical for Simmons and Cousin Sal to discuss and theorize about the day after yet another early Cowboys playoff exit.