If Aaron Rodgers is indeed traded in the wake of his unhappiness with the Green Bay Packers coming to light Thursday in the hours leading up to the NFL Draft — something multiple league sources said Thursday night that the Packers are unwilling to do — it will be one of the most franchise-defining trades in the Packers’ history.
To be sure, there were history-altering trades before the Packers’ renaissance began in 1992 when the team hired Ron Wolf to be its general manager and rebuild the moribund franchise that had wandered in the NFL wilderness for the better part of two decades following the Vince Lombardi Era glory years of the 1960s.
Among them was the 1974 trade for what turned out to be a washed-up John Hadl — the trade that was dubbed “The Lawrence Welk Trade” because the Packers gave up a one, a two, and a three … twice. That's right, they traded their first-, second- and third-round picks in both 1975 and 1976 to the Los Angeles Rams for Hadl, who was well past his prime.
But since Wolf, who would go on to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, took over the football operation, there have been five defining trades that have shaped the franchise over the past three decades:
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Adams, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, has cut off extension talks with the team — and there are no plans to resume them with training camp set to kick off next week.