Rapoport: Jets and Packers Re-Engage on Aaron Rodgers Trade Talks
After weeks of silence between the two teams, NFL insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that Aaron Rodgers to the Jets trade talks are back on between Green Bay and the Jets. This, just days after WFAN’s Boomer Esiason saying the deal should be done before the draft.
After a dormant couple weeks, the #Jets and #Packers recently re-engaged on trade talks surrounding star QB Aaron Rodgers, sources say. A deal is not imminent, but the two sides are at least talking — with hopes a deal can (finally) be done this week.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 23, 2023
The two clubs have been negotiating intermittently over the past month as the Packers look to unload a player they don’t want and the Jets need.
A variety of rumors in recent weeks have made multiple claims as to why a deal has yet to be completed. Most recently, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! sports reported that Jets owner Woody Johnson is balking at the idea of a guaranteed first-round pick next season.
In his interview on the Pat McAfee show over a month ago, Rodgers said that his plan was to play for the Jets in 2023, but also that he felt he was “90% retired” just days earlier. It was the comment regarding retirement that spooked Johnson and led him to shut down the idea of a guaranteed 2024 first-round pick.
Meanwhile, the Packers have said publicly that they don’t want Rodgers back on their roster and are set to pay him roughly $100 million between now and the week after the Super Bowl. This means they’d obviously like to move the future Hall of Famer to the highest bidder, but with the draft approaching, the Jets are the only team picking up the phone.
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