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John Lynch Shares Honest Admission On Aaron Rodgers Trade

San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch speaking to the media.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 02: General manager John Lynch of the San Francisco 49ers answers questions from the media on Day 2 of the NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center on March 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

When the news came across the wire that Aaron Rodgers wanted out of the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch became quite interested.

“We heard it like everyone else," Lynch told NBC's Cris Collinsworth. "There had been a lot of murmurs for a long time, like, ‘Hey, Aaron’s not happy.' We’re human beings, we watch SportsCenter, we do those things. Something’s going on here."

Lynch revealed that he called Rodgers' agent, Dave Dunn - who is also his own agent - to see what the deal was. But Dunn directed him to call the Packers instead.

"I have the same agent as Aaron, so finally I picked up the phone, and I was like, ‘Hey, Dave [Dunn], is there something…' [and he said] ‘Well, I don't know. You guys outta call them,’" Lynch said.

Ultimately, the 49ers took Trey Lance after trading up with the Miami Dolphins for the No. 3 overall pick. They've also opted to keep incumbent starter Jimmy Garoppolo for the 2021 season, potentially starting a training camp QB controversy.

As for Aaron Rodgers, he has yet to report to the Packers for OTAs and is in the middle of a standoff with the team.

It remains to be seen if Rodgers will return to the Green Bay Packers - or to the NFL as some have speculated.

But the 49ers did their due-diligence on Rodgers, which means other teams have too.