Could an Aaron Rodgers trade finally be on the horizon for Jets and Packers?
It’s been a long while since we’ve heard any sort of optimism about the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers’ trade discussions involving Aaron Rodgers. But on Monday night, Yahoo Sports’ senior NFL reporter, Charles Robinson, provided a small glimmer of hope.
According to multiple sources, Robinson reported a deal between the Packers and Jets is “taking shape” and getting “closer”. However, Robinson says a key holdup in the negotiations is whether the Jets will receive any sort of “give back” protection if Rodgers does not play in the 2024 season.
A deal between the #Packers and #Jets to swap Aaron Rodgers for two high draft picks is taking shape. But one lingering hangup is whether the Packers will agree to some draft “give back” protection if Rodgers doesn’t play in the 2024 season. Details: https://t.co/DmpXtuKwf2
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 28, 2023
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In his article, Robinson states that, as things currently stand, the Jets are poised to send two draft picks to the Packers – a second-round pick in the 2023 draft and a second-round pick in the 2024 draft that could escalate to a first-round pick if certain conditions are met.
As for the “give back” protection, Robinson says that a “sticking point” in the talks is New York seeking some level of 2025 draft compensation in the event Rodgers does not play football in 2024.
Robinson’s sources indicated that New York’s concerns about Rodgers’ 2024 viability partially arose from his “90 percent” comments on The Pat McAfee Show, when he said, “I’ve got to admit, I went into the darkness 90 percent retired [and] 10 percent playing.”
On Monday, Jets head coach Robert Saleh said of the trade talks, “it takes two to tango.” Saleh seemed confident the deal will eventually be completed, saying “whenever it gets done, it’ll get done.”
Jets general manager Joe Douglas also commented on the Rodgers saga.
“There’s been some productive conversations,” Douglas said. “We’re not where we need to be yet but I feel we’re in a good place. There’s no hard deadline. There’s not a ton of urgency from our standpoint but very optimistic.”