The Aaron Rodgers trade spectacle has taken NFL media by storm over the last few weeks. Recently, all signs seem to point to the Packers trading Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets. Aaron Rodgers’ time playing for the Green Bay Packers seems to be all but over. It was March 8th, 2022 when Aaron Rodgers signed his massive three-year $150 million extension with the Green Bay Packers.
Many thought that would be the timeline this year when it came to hearing about Aaron Rodgers’ future in 2023. However, it is March 15th and we still have no word on what the next step is. It was reported by Trey Wingo that the trade is a “done deal” and that it’s not being held up whatsoever by the four-time MVP quarterback. We may have just found out the reason why.
Green Bay Packers “Willing To Wait Until Draft” To Trade Aaron Rodgers If Need Be
Per Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk:
Per a league source, the Green Bay Packers are willing to wait until the draft to trade Rodgers, if that’s what it takes to get what they want. With Rodgers habitually absent from the early phases of the offseason program, it’s not as if he’ll be in the building between now and April 27. And with a $58.3 million option bonus that has a lengthy exercise period (the Packers can pick it up at any point from tomorrow until Week One), Rodgers has a very manageable cap number into September.
Basically, they get the benefit of the multi-year proration without having to pay the $58.3 million. So the Packers can just wait. It’s indeed a game of chicken, but from Green Bay’s perspective the car isn’t close to the cliff. The Jets, on the other hand, may feel compelled to get something done — especially as they begin signing Rodgers’s friends and former teammates.
That is a pretty telling statement. It seems like the Green Bay Packers (and New York Jets for that matter) currently have their hands tied in free agency until they know the outcome of the Aaron Rodgers trade. While the Packers have made a significant cap space already, no contract will have a bigger impact on their roster than Aaron Rodgers in 2023.
However, this may prove that the Packers are willing to sacrifice as much time as they need in order to get the right trade compensation for their franchise player. Aaron Rodgers is arguably the best player to ever come through Green Bay, if you are going to trade him, make sure you get it right.
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