In the latest twist in the Aaron Rodgers trade saga, the Green Bay Packers have reportedly set a high asking price for the superstar quarterback.
Multiple sources told PFT’s Mike Florio, the Packers are demanding a first-round pick and more from the Jets, who are looking to acquire Rodgers, after he had expressed interest in playing for the New York Jets.
However, the Jets believe that the Packers are being unreasonable in their demands. While the team is willing to part with draft picks to acquire Rodgers, they are hesitant to give up too much for a player that Green Bay no longer wants.
The Packers’ asking price goes beyond just a first-round pick. They are reportedly seeking protection in 2025, in case Rodgers plays in 2024. The Jets believe that this demand is excessive, and they are considering offering a conditional package that would include up to a second-round pick this year and next year.
The Packers, on the other hand, had felt that Rodgers is worth multiple first-round picks, a package similar to what the Los Angeles Rams paid for Matthew Stafford last year, according to ESPN’s reporter Adam Schefter.
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The situation has become increasingly personal, with reports that Rodgers wanted Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst fired a few years ago.
As the trade talks continue, both sides are feeling the pressure of deadlines. The Packers are willing to wait until the draft to make a deal, but the longer they wait, the more motivated Rodgers becomes to have a great season in 2023. The ultimate deadline is Week One, at which point Rodgers’ $58.3 million option bonus becomes guaranteed base salary if not exercised.
For the Jets, the deadline is less clear. While the team wants to get the deal done as soon as possible, they may be willing to wait until the opening of training camp to acquire Rodgers. Given his connection to offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, the Jets may be comfortable with Rodgers skipping OTAs.
It remains to be seen whether the two sides