Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are almost certainly heading towards an amicable separation. The Packers appear ready to move on to Jordan Love, meaning that if Aaron Rodgers wants to play in 2023, he will have to do so with another team. The New York Jets have emerged as that team, and team officials have flown out to California to meet with Rodgers in person. A possible difficulty in any trade is Rodgers’ near $60 million price tag for this upcoming season. Because of that, one NFL insider has revealed Green Bay’s asking price is not what fans may think it is.
What Are the Green Bay Packers Asking for in Return for Aaron Rodgers?
When Rodgers and the Jets were first linked in rumors, it was speculated that the Packers would ask for two first round picks for the four-time MVP, and New York owner Woody Johnson would gladly pay that. Like much of what has been reported as factual, it was all fluff. More recent rumors suggest that Johnson is wary of taking on that kind of cap hit, which certainly decreases Rodgers’ trade value.
According to NFL insider Mike Garafolo:
“It’s not a situation like, ‘Well, you’re going to have to give us an offer we can’t refuse.’ It’s going to be something where, let’s get as fair of compensation as we can to just move on and turn this thing over to Jordan Love in Green Bay.”
So what does fair compensation look like? Surely it is not the two first round picks that the Packers were rumored to have wanted earlier in the offseason. Is it a first round pick? A pick and a player?
While the Packers have not publicly stated their asking price, it will likely include a first round pick and, perhaps, a conditional pick in next year’s draft. The fact of the matter is that the $60 million contract for this year a lot to take on. Asking for anything more in return seems unreasonable.
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