In what could be one of the biggest name-trades in recent NFL history, the long-awaited move of Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers to the New York Jets is reportedly on the cusp of being completed, and could even happen as early as this week.
According to reports from Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, there has been progress in the negotiations between the two sides, with both the Jets and the Packers showing motivation to get the deal done.
Breer believes that the strong relationship between the two head coaches, Robert Saleh and Matt LaFleur, has helped to manage any potential tension between Rodgers and the Packers, making it more likely that the trade will go ahead.
“I think it could happen as early as this week, and certainly will get done before the draft,” Breer said.
It has been recently reported that the deal would see the Jets send a 2nd round pick in the 2023 Draft and a 2nd round pick that could become a 1st round pick in the 2024 Draft if the team makes a deep playoff run. However, negotiations have hit a snag over the Jets’ insistence on receiving a draft pick from the Packers in the event that Rodgers retires after the 2023 season.
Despite this sticking point, it seems that both teams are keen to see the deal through. The Jets have long been linked with a move for the reigning NFL MVP, and would no doubt see the addition of Rodgers as a major coup for the franchise.
For the Packers, the move would mark the end of a tumultuous period that has seen Rodgers publicly express his frustration with the organization. While the loss of such a key player would undoubtedly be a blow, the addition of two high draft picks could help to soften the blow.
If the trade does go ahead, it would mark a major shakeup in the NFL landscape. Rodgers has been one of the league’s most dominant quarterbacks for over a decade, and his arrival in New York could help to turn the Jets into a genuine contender for the Super Bowl.
With the draft just a few weeks away, it seems that we could be in for some major moves in the coming days. The Aaron Rodgers saga has dominated the NFL news cycle for months now, but it looks like we may finally be approaching a resolution.