A new report details the possibility the New York Jets will have to renegotiate the terms of the Aaron Rodgers trade with the Green Bay Packers ahead of the trade deadline. The likelihood of a new deal being hammered out went up after Rodgers signed a new contract with the Jets last month to make less money.
Rodgers told Peter King with NBC Sports he took less money with the intention the Jets would use the extra cap space to make necessary acquisitions at the deadline. However, the Jets’ cap situation isn’t the only factor that could hold them back from being able to trade for top talent at wide receiver or for the offensive line.
The Jets and Packers agreed to a conditional trade. Rodgers will have to pay 65 percent of the Jets’ offensive snaps this season for the Packers to earn the rights to New York’s first-round pick. If Rodgers plays less than 65 percent of those snaps, the Packers will own the rights to the Jets’ second-round pick.
The New York Jets might have to renegotiate with the Packers
“Because that 65 percent mark cannot be calculated until the end of the regular season, the Jets do not have the freedom to use either draft pick at the trade deadline without first coming to a new agreement with the Packers.
This was confirmed to me by league sources, who said that a similar issue over conditional draft picks was a factor at the trade deadline last year for at least one proposed trade elsewhere in the NFL.”
Mosqueda doesn’t think Gutekunst would even want to accept the Jets’ first-round pick near the deadline. Allowing Rodgers to have extra help on the offense could make the likely-eventual first-round pick (unless Rodgers were to suffer a season-ending injury within four games from the trade deadline) less valuable.
The Green Bay Packers have leverage with a healthy Aaron Rodgers
The Packers would be in the driver’s seat to be harsh negotiators in October. Their only risk is if Rodgers were seriously injured within a few weeks. The Packers would likely be able to ask for the first and add supplemental picks from the Jets.
So those of you Packers fans who were hoping the divorce was finalized. It’s not. And it could get a lot more messy in a couple of months.
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