Chicago Bears: 3 trades that could still affect the NFC North

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3. The Chicago Bears would greatly benefit from an Aaron Rodgers trade

Lastly, the tides could swing in another direction if the Packers chose to trade Aaron Rodgers. It doesn’t seem overly likely, but with Rodgers skipping OTA’s this week, things could progress to the point where the relationship is irreparable.

One of the most talked-about destinations for Rodgers is the Denver Broncos, who have built up quite the offensive weaponry for Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater. Should Denver pull off a deal for Rodgers, the Packers would go from an NFC North favorite to maybe an 8-8 team in 2021.

The Rodgers effect is an enormous one. Without him, the Packers would be much worse off. That’s why, of course, the Packers continue to say they aren’t trading him. Even at 37 years old, they know they’ll go as Rodgers goes. They cannot and will not function without Rodgers under center — at least not yet.

Maybe they do have something in second-year pro and last year’s first-round pick, Jordan Love. But, that remains to be seen. Love was looked at as a very talented project; someone who should sit a year or two before getting his shot. Throwing Love out there this year might be a little too soon, thus Green Bay would prefer to keep Rodgers around.

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Rodgers in Green Bay means they always have a chance at a Super Bowl run. Without him, they’re mediocre at best — which would be a joy to watch for Bears fans.