Aaron Rodgers’ debut with the New York Jets ended abruptly after just four plays due to a torn Achilles tendon, which has been confirmed following an MRI.
With the star quarterback set to miss the remainder of the 2023 NFL season, the trade that brought Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers to New York is basically finalized.
The trade, which took place this offseason, saw the Packers receive the 13th, 42nd, and 207th picks in this year’s draft in exchange for Rodgers and the Packers’ 15th and 170th picks. Additionally, the Packers were to acquire a conditional 2024 draft pick from the Jets as part of the deal.
With Rodgers sidelined for the entire 2023 season, the nature of that 2024 pick has now been determined.
Instead of a potential first-round selection, which would have been the case had Rodgers played 65 percent of the Jets’ offensive snaps this year, the Jets will send their second-round pick to Green Bay to complete the trade.
In the 2023 NFL Draft, the Packers used their acquired picks to select edge rusher Lukas Van Ness, tight end Luke Musgrave, and kicker Anders Carlson. It remains to be seen what they’ll do in the 2024 Draft with that additional second round pick.
The sudden twist in Rodgers’ injury and its impact on the trade serves as a reminder of the unpredictability in the world of professional sports and its ripple effects on team strategies and future plans.