The trade saga that has been going on publicly since the start of free agency signings shows no signs of resolution as the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets front offices enter draft week. The Packers and Jets seem unable to agree on compensation for Aaron Rodgers. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter recently suggested when the trade would be expected to be completed in time for the Packers to gain 2023 draft picks.
The New York Jets could trade for Aaron Rodgers during the draft
The 2023 NFL Draft starts on Thursday. There’s not a lot of time for two parties to make the deal happen before the start of the draft. It’s very possible the trade could come during the draft. Per Bleacher Report, Adam Schefter said on Sports Center Thursday that the deal should be finalized by Friday night if the Packers were to benefit from trading Rodgers in the 2023 draft:
“The line of demarcation, the soft deadline, is next Friday night, picks 42 and 43,” Schefter said. “Because if picks 42 and 43 come and go without Aaron Rodgers being traded to the New York Jets, then the wait for him to become a Jet could go on for an awful long time.”
If the Packers don’t finalize the trade in the second round, one would expect a trade to occur after June 1, when the team can save nearly $16 million on their 2023 salary cap. (The Packers will need the money to sign free agents if they miss out on draft picks.) One also has to wonder about the prospects Rodgers might not become a Jet if he’s not traded by next weekend.
Several teams are interested in Rodgers’ services in 2023. They could make compelling offers to the Packers for the 2024 draft that the Jets can’t match. However, it has been rumored Rodgers would retire if he weren’t traded to the Jets this offseason. That could be an empty threat. Rodgers can still play quarterback at an elite level. The teams he’s linked to will compete for a Super Bowl this season. Rodgers doesn’t seem ready to sit out a full year of football.
The Jets, understandably, are the best option for Rodgers in 2023. Next weekend could be the deciding factor on whether he goes there or not.
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Aaron Rodgers is not worth the hype and time, especially the money. Good luck to any team that buys up this narcissistic head case contract. I feel bad for the GB Packers organization and fans. He’s been fired from the Green Bay Packers, and that’s really the truth. He’s an embarrassment and showing his true colors of his narcissist self loving weird personality.