NFL: The Green Bay Packers and New York Jets pulled off the biggest trade of the 2023 off-season. Aaron Rodgers, who spent 18 years in Green Bay (15 years starting) was shipped out east for multiple premium draft picks. The trade ushered in a new era in Green Bay while putting the Jets in a “win now” mode. Many believe that the Jets and Packers may not be done trading with each other this off-season. In fact, one superstar is rumored to be of vital interest to the green team out east.
David Bakhtiari Once Again Named In Massive Green Bay Packers-New York Jets Trade (NFL)
Kenneth Teape of NFL Analysis Network expounded on a trade scenario that would send the star left tackle to New York to team up with Aaron Rodgers:
he big return in the Rodgers’ blockbuster trade was that the Packers will get a first or second-round pick from the Jets in the 2024 NFL Draft depending on how many snaps Rodgers plays during the season. If he plays at least 65 percent, it will be a first-round pick heading to Green Bay.
That stipulation will handcuff the Jets a little bit come the trade deadline. They cannot trade either selection in another deal as the percentage cannot be calculated until the conclusion of the regular season. So, rcon14 of Acme Packing Co. at SB Nation suggested a trade that would alleviate that issue.
They suggested that the Packers could trade left tackle David Bakhtiari to the Jets to remove the stipulation. In addition, the Jets could add another piece of draft capital to sweeten the pot and get a deal done.
“Using the Rich Hill trade value chart, if Green Bay thinks adding Bakhtiari would worsen that first-round pick from say 20 to 26, Green Bay should require an additional third-round pick to make that trade,” ACME’s article explained. “That is because the value difference between 20 and 26 is worth about 46 points, which is the value of [pick No. 89] in the draft. This is just one example.”
How Realistic Is A David Bakhtiari Trade In 2023?
By moving Bakhtiari, the Packers would save $21.5 million in 2024. That could be enough incentive to get a deal done, as that kind of savings would help the team fill other holes on the roster. However, there is a catch. As Robin Adams of Wisconsin Sports Heroics highlighted, dead cap it is money that a player has already been paid, but it came in the form of bonuses that previously did not count against a past salary cap. Even if Bakhtiari were to be traded this season, Green Bay would still have that $19 million dead cap hit next season because they have already paid him that money.
It would take a pretty significant trade package from the Jets to pry away David Bakhtiari. The undoubtedly will feel much better the Bakhtiari protecting Jordan Love’s blind side than anyone else. Don’t get me wrong, Yosh Nijamn has certainly shown promise at the position, however, it is near impossible to replace one of the best in the game. Left tackle is widely regarded as the second most important position on an NFL offense.
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Frequently Asked Questions
No, the Jets are not scheduled to play against Green Bay again until the 2026 season. They last played each other in 2022.
The Green Bay Packers received a first-round pick (No. 13), a second-round pick (No. 42), a sixth-round pick (No. 207) in 2023, and a conditional second-round pick in 2024 for Aaron Rodgers. The New York Jets offered their first-round selection in return for the Packers' quarterback. This trade deal was made with the intention of strengthening both teams' rosters for the future.
No, the Jets did not sign Aaron Rodgers. The Green Bay Packers quarterback signed a two-year, $75 million fully guaranteed contract, which is considered an uncommonly large pay cut. This deal provides financial flexibility for the Packers organization over the next two years, but it does not involve the Jets.