4 reasons why Aaron Rodgers could regret trade from Packers

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The Green Bay Packers trading Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets works out for everyone involved.

Rodgers gets a fresh start with a team that immediately becomes a contender with him. He'll hope he can help the Jets become champions in the same way Tom Brady did with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

New York gets the quarterback it has needed for years with the promise of finally ending the longest playoff drought in the NFL. Green Bay gets premium draft capital and Rodgers' massive contract off the books from 2024.

Maybe the Packers planned to move on regardless, but had Rodgers decided he wanted to stay in Green Bay, it would've given GM Brian Gutekunst a tough decision.

Again, the trade is the best-case scenario for everyone involved. All three sides are happy. However, there's no guarantee things work out for Rodgers in New York. Here are four reasons why he could end up regretting the move.

4. Aaron Rodgers doesn't get to finish his career with Packers

The dream scenario would've been Aaron Rodgers staying in Green Bay, winning another Super Bowl, then walking off into the sunset. Of course, the Packers drafting Jordan Love complicated that potential fairytale ending, as did the limited salary cap resources they currently have.

Again, the Packers may not have offered Rodgers the chance to return. Only they know.

However, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reports that Brian Gutekunst attempted to set up meetings with Rodgers in California. Gutekunst said he tried to contact Rodgers "many times" with no luck.

Rodgers went on the Pat McAfee Show and made it clear he wanted to play for the Jets. By doing so, he gave up the rare opportunity for a legendary quarterback to only ever play for one team.

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees all played for two teams. Brady and Manning won Super Bowls elsewhere. In recent years, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, and Russell Wilson have left the teams that drafted them.

It's not uncommon for quarterbacks to move on. Brett Favre did. And now so has Rodgers. But the opportunity to play his entire career in Green Bay is gone.