It’s finally done. The New York Jets have acquired a franchise QB. Aaron Rodgers is coming to Florham Park.
According to multiple reports, the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers have finally come to terms on a trade for Aaron Rodgers. The future Hall of Famer is coming.
Trade compensation, per sources:
🏈Aaron Rodgers, pick No. 15, a 2023 5th-rd pick (No. 170).
🏈Pick No. 13, a 2023 2nd-rd pick (No. 42), a 6th-rd pick (No. 207), a conditional 2024 2nd-rd pick that becomes a 1st if Rodgers plays 65 percent of the plays. pic.twitter.com/Q2vUMfyZGH
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2023
Officially, the Jets are giving up picks 13, 42, 207, and a 2024 second-round pick that becomes a first if Rodgers plays at least 65% of snaps. The Jets will get back Aaron Rodgers and picks 15 and 170.
— Jets X-Factor (@jetsxfactor) April 24, 2023
The deal comes after months of negotiating. At first glance, it appears that the Packers got everything they wanted. After months of refusing to give up an unconditional 2024 first-round pick, at least not without something of major value coming back in 2025 if Rodgers would retire after 2023, the Jets ceded that and more.
Did Woody Johnson go over Joe Douglas‘ head to ensure this deal got done? Considering the previously reported concerns that the Jets had, it certainly appears that someone in the Jets’ camp decided to push the deal forward. In the past, that has been the Jets’ twitchy owner, who admitted to anxiety over getting the trade done.
With such soft protections, the 2024 second-round pick is almost certainly going to turn into a first-rounder. If it doesn’t, the Jets have bigger problems. The Packers also got a pick swap in the first round of this year’s draft. Falling back to No. 15 may not seem like much of a fall at first, but it likely takes the Jets out on the top-three OTs (Pete Skoronski, Paris Johnson Jr., Broderick Jones), as the Patriots have long been connected to the top offensive tackle prospects as well at No. 14.
That likely has the Jets looking at Tennessee RT Darnell Wright if they want an OT. If they choose to go after a different position, perhaps DT Calijah Kancey is in play. Jets were also connected to TE Dalton Kincaid early in the offseason, though that appears unlikely with three tight ends on the roster.
The trade is finally done. There’s a lot at stake for the Jets in 2023. With the draft looming, it’s time for the Green and White to walk the walk.
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