The Green Bay Packers are known for keeping their own players in house. Aaron Rodgers (multiple times until he was traded obviously), Aaron Jones, Kenny Clark, David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, Jaire Alexander, and Rashan Gary (is expected soon) are all players the Packers have ponied up to keep in house long-term.
Jaire was no different when he signed his four-year $84 million contract with the Packers. That contract will keep him with the team through the 2026 season. However, that hasn’t stopped some reports of him being traded in the near future.
Green Bay Packers Fans React To Jaire Alexander Reportedly Being A Player The Team Can Trade Before The Deadline
Wendell Ferreira of A to Z Sports listed five players the Packers could trade before the deadline. Jaire was among the five:
Disclaimer: nobody is stupid enough to say the Packers should give Jaire Alexander away. That being said, last year the Los Angeles Rams offered two first-round picks for edge defender Brian Burns. If a contending team is willing to make a similar offer for the Packers cornerback, it’s hard to pass up — even considering how good he is.
The Packers are trying to get younger and cheaper, and moving Jaire would be a strong move in that direction. Green Bay would open just around $600k in 2023 and lose $3.1 million in 2024 in terms of cap space, but they would open $25.8 million in 2025, $27.86 million in 2026, and $2.36 million in 2027 (when Jaire is not even under contract anymore). Moreover and more importantly, the Packers would have two extra high picks to add young and inexpensive talent to the roster.
Alexander is a great player, for sure, but he hasn’t been as impactful as Rashan Gary, for example. In 2021, the passing defense didn’t downgrade much with Eric Stokes and Rasul Douglas as their primary corners. And, this year, Rasul has performed better than Jaire.
For the acquiring team, the good news is they wouldn’t have to pay Jaire again. He’s under an affordable deal through 2026 — the cap hits would be around $ 1 million in 2023, $16 million in 2024, $17.5 million in 2025, and $19.5 million in 2026.
Packers Fans Reacted On Social Media To The Thought Of Trading Jaire
Alexander, through his ups and downs, is one of those players you could build a defense around. The Packers have a few of those players on defense (Rashan Gary and Kenny Clark). Trading him seems to be foolish according to many fans who saw this article:
We’re not trading jaire
— dame (@damevercetti) October 17, 2023
We can be the worst team ever, we not trading jaire
— dame (@damevercetti) October 17, 2023
No 💀what is wrong with u why would u trade a young top corner that hasn’t even reached his prime yet
— packers🧀 (@Wowbroo2428) October 17, 2023
If we trade jaire I’m done defending this team
— ceebs (@rmcbrearty3) October 17, 2023
Haha. GB isn’t trading 23
— Jeff Wood (@Jeffwood77) October 17, 2023
💀💀💀💀 I’ll eat this tweet if we trade Jaire
— nighthawk (@imnighthawkkk) October 17, 2023
It should be noted that Wendell posted a poll asking Packers fans if they would trade Jaire for two first round draft picks. The poll was overwhelmingly “yes”
I’m writing something here and I want to check with you guys to see if it’s a crazy idea or not.
If someone comes and offers the #Packers 2 1st-rounders, would you trade Jaire Alexander?
— Wendell Ferreira (@wendellfp) October 17, 2023
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