Despite the fact that Aaron Rodgers announced in “intention” to play for the New York Jets over a month ago, the future Hall of Fame quarterback remains a member of the Green Bay Packers.
While the NFL world has largely assumed that a deal would get done eventually — Jets general manager Joe Douglas even publicly said as much — the latest update regarding negotiations between the two teams is bad news for both fan bases.
Appearing on ESPN’s morning show Get Up! on Thursday, NFL insider Dianna Russini said that the two teams “haven’t had a lot of conversations just yet.”
The apparent reluctance of both teams to sit down at the negotiation table is certainly strange considering the fact that the NFL Draft begins a week from today. The Jets own the 13th pick in the draft, and the Green Bay Packers own the 15th. Considering that the Packers reportedly want “at least” a first-round pick in exchange for Rodgers, many expected both teams to get a deal done prior to the draft beginning on April 27.
The Jets, on the other hand, certainly need a deal for Rodgers to get done as they’ve put all their eggs in the soon-to-be 40-year-old’s basket. If they don’t land Rodgers — who will likely be the best quarterback to ever play for the franchise despite his struggles last year — they’ll be heading into the 2023 season with Zach Wilson as their starting signal-caller despite the fact that they very clearly have close to zero faith in him.
To make matters worse for the Jets are recent reports that the San Francisco 49ers might consider entering the race for Rodgers if they trade away Trey Lance and Brock Purdy isn’t quite ready for next season following his UCL injury.
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