The Green Bay Packers and New York Jets finally did it. The Aaron Rodgers trade has been looming large for over a month now. It had been over a month since Rodgers declared his intentions to play for the Jets back in mid-March. According to multiple reports, a number of other teams had officially reached out about possibly acquiring Aaron Rodgers. Whether it was news of other teams reaching out, or the NFL Draft coming up, the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers re-opened trade talks yesterday. Today they got the deal done.
How The Green Bay Packers Won Big In The Aaron Rodgers Trade
According to Jordan Sigler of Wisconsin Sports Heroics:
The New York Jets are getting Aaron Rodgers
According to Ian Rapoport with the NFL Network, the Jets and Packers have agreed to terms for Rodgers to go to New York. The Packers will receive a second-round pick in the 2023 draft from the Jets. The Jets would send a conditional first-round pick to the Packers in 2024.
According to Tom Pelissero with the NFL Network, Rodgers will sign a revised contract with the Packers to help the team’s cap space. The deal will be finalized before the draft.
This is an excellent deal for the Packers. They are getting much-needed picks for Rodgers and a deal on cap space. That’s precisely what the team needed.
In the fine print of the trade, the 2024 conditional second round pick that the New York Jets are sending to the Green Bay Packers becomes a first round pick if Aaron Rodgers plays 65% of the snaps in 2023. In Aaron Rodgers 15 years starting career for the Packers (2008-2022) he has played more than 65% of the snaps in every single year but two. 2013 and 2017 he was sidelined due to injury. Odds are that he will play more than 65% of the snaps in 2023. So the LIKELY updated trade looks like this:
New York Jets Received:
- QB Aaron Rodgers
- 2023 First Round Draft Pick (#15 Overall)
- 2023 Fifth Round Draft Pick (#170 Overall)
Green Bay Packers Received:
- 2023 First Round Draft Pick (#13 Overall)
- 2023 Second Round Draft Pick (#42 Overall)
- 2023 Sixth Round Draft Pick (#207 Overall)
- 2024 First Round Draft Pick
To get not only a first round swap in 2023, but a likely 2023 first round draft pick for a 39-year-old quarterback who is on the verge of retirement is a MASSIVE win. Here are a few responses from social media of what fans think:
All right, #Packers fans. Simple question.
Who won the trade?
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) April 24, 2023
Who won the trade?
— Penguin Man (@SadPackersFan) April 24, 2023
Who won the Aaron Rodgers trade, #Packers or Jets?
— Bruce Irons – Packers FTW (@BruceIronsNFL) April 24, 2023
Who won the Aaron Rodgers trade
— Joe Pepe (@jpep20) April 24, 2023
FLASH POLL: Who won the trade?
Jets get: Aaron Rodgers, pick No. 15, a 2023 5th-rd pick (No. 170).
Packers get: Pick No. 13, a 2023 2nd-rd pick (No. 42), a 6th-rd pick (No. 207), a conditional 2024 2nd-rd pick that becomes a 1st if Rodgers plays 65 percent of the plays.
— Drew Olson (@DrewOlsonMKE) April 24, 2023
Overwhelmingly fans seem to think the Green Bay Packers came out on top in this massive trade. We tend to agree.
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