It certainly seems like all signs are pointing to Aaron Rodgers being traded to the New York Jets. Early this morning, Field Yates reported that the Jets restructured the contracts of guard Laken Tomlinson, cornerback DJ Reed, and tight end Tyler Conklin. The three restructures add up to $15.2 million in salary cap savings for the Jets, who seem to be closer and closer to acquiring the four-time MVP. As it happens, the salary cap hit for any team that acquires Rodgers via trade is $15.79 million, as Paul Bretl points out:
Rodgers 2023 cap hit for the acquiring team is $15.79M. https://t.co/aElltnnahl
— Paul Bretl (@Paul_Bretl) March 11, 2023
This development follows a viral interview of Packers CEO and President Mark Murphy at a high school girls basketball playoff game. In the interview, he alluded to the fact that the Packers and Rodgers were headed towards a separation.
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The Jets and Packers Are Waiting on Aaron Rodgers
Let’s face the facts here: if the Green Bay Packers had any interest in bringing Rodgers back in 2023, there is no way they would have allowed him to speak to the Jets. Based on that, it appears that the chances of Rodgers being the starting quarterback in Green Bay next season are slim-to-none. The Jordan Love era is beginning.
That being said, Rodgers himself still needs to decided if he wants to play in 2023 or not. While he weighs that decision, two franchises are waiting with more urgency than the rest of the NFL world.
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