3:00pm: In a discussion of the situation on the Pat McAfee Show, Michael Lombardi of the GM Shuffle Podcast notes that the Packers are believed to be seeking a first-round pick in any trade package from the Jets (video link). That would cover his 2023 play, though he adds that Green Bay would likely ask for an additional, conditional pick in the event Rodgers decided to continue his career beyond this coming season. That would mark a considerably steeper price than the one paid for Favre, but a lighter one than what the Broncos paid last offseason for Russell Wilson (who, in fairness, was seen as a much longer-term solution under center for Denver than Rodgers would be for New York).
9:41am: The Jets’ key decision-makers trekked to California to meet with the franchise’s long-preferred offseason target, and the team is expressing some confidence Aaron Rodgers will soon be their quarterback.
Packers and Jets trade talks continue, per ESPN.com’s Dianna Russini, who notes the teams had begun discussing trade compensation and Rodgers’ contract before the Tuesday summit. The Jets are operating with an optimism this trade will be completed, with Russini adding the team views this transaction as “on the brink” (Twitter links).
Woody Johnson, Joe Douglas, Robert Saleh and new OC Nathaniel Hackett flew to California to meet with the Packers passer, who has still not committed to playing in 2023. It is assumed the 18-year veteran will opt to return in 2023, as he is due nearly $60MM were he to do so. Rodgers, 39, is believed to be open to the notion of playing in New York, and ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter notes it is looking like Jordan Love will indeed be Green Bay’s starter next season (Twitter link).
Although Brian Gutekunst deferred to Rodgers’ four MVP awards when asked who would give the Packers a better chance to win in 2023, he has insisted throughout the offseason Love is ready to play. The Packers, just as they did 15 years ago upon sending Brett Favre to the Jets to clear the runway for Rodgers, may soon find out if they were right on yet another quarterback.
Love fared poorly in his lone regular-season start of consequence — against the Chiefs in 2021 — but showed more promise upon relieving Rodgers in Philadelphia last season. The Packers view the former first-round pick has having made considerable strides since his rough outing in Kansas City, though trading a player of Rodgers’ caliber will certainly come with risk.
This trade coming to pass would also usher in a sweeping change for the Jets, who have not landed an impact veteran QB since the Favre move. The team has largely used first-round picks in the years since Favre’s 2008 one-and-done but has not landed a franchise performer, with Zach Wilson being the most recent Jets draftee to underwhelm. It took only a conditional third-round pick for the Jets to land Favre; the Packers are likely asking for more in exchange for Rodgers.
No other team has been connected to having trade talks with the Packers, giving the Jets the lead here. The Raiders have been loosely linked to Rodgers, but no team’s offseason effort matches the Jets’ full-court press here. Johnson confirmed the Jets’ desire to make a veteran acquisition at quarterback at the offseason’s outset, and the team has operated intently since. They entered talks with Derek Carr but had communicated to the ex-Raiders starter Rodgers was their preference. As Rodgers continues to deliberate, Carr signed with the Saints to remove a key fallback option for Gang Green. Jimmy Garoppolo would also loom as such, but the Raiders have been linked more closely to the longtime 49ers passer. The Panthers and Texans are expected to be in on Garoppolo as well.
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Lol Packers have to trade Rodgers, Jets can just wait it out and offer that same conditional 3rd, Gutenkunst must be smoking some of the good stuff imagining other GMs don’t know the position he’s in….if you keep Rodgers you have to extend Love without ever having him start a season as a starter haha this is the best J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!!
They could always trade Love…not that they’d get much, but someone might bite.
Not saying it will happen, but what if the Raiders get involved. It would only take one other team to drive up the price tag.
Raiders have not enough cap space yo yo. Sometimes people that respond to these have no idea how football works. ♂️
Is there a contest amongst NFL QB’s we don’t know about for who can generate the most drama? Rodgers’ tactic is to go into a hole and then stoke trade speculation, Brady has his annual retire/won’t retire, Lamar Jackson demanding a full guarantee, Daniel Jones wanting money way beyond his skill…but the winner will be Brett Favre if he decides to come out of retirement one more time.
Teams hold most of the power, so campaigning and agitating are among the most effective tactics at a player’s disposal. It sure worked well for Jones’ camp.
Favre did this dance for his last 3 years in Green Bay too. “Not sure if I will retire, maybe, don’t know…I will tell you after the draft…”
But what does Olivia say? Oops, I meant, what does Danica say? Wait, I mean, what does Shailene say? No, I meant…
Pretty nice company if you can get it. Frankly, I would have expected Rodgers to worry more what happens at eye level. Munn mainly open her mouth to put her foot in it. Patric is a race car driver. Woodley was excellent as Lindsay Mills/Snowden. Also an environmental activist (like Mallory Edens). In terms of personality, Woodley comes off as a bit bossy and smug.
On the other hand, Mallory Edens is absolutely lovely and seems intelligent (graduated from Princeton, published journalist). Do wonder what she’s doing with Aaron Rodgers, given his serial dating history and phobia of commitment.
Danica Patrick retired from NASCAR in 2017. She’s doing TV work for Fox last Sunday at Las Vegas and this Sunday at Phoenix.
They’re all beards
I saw that interview… I know exactly what Olivia and Danica were talking about with Aaron.
“It took only a conditional third-round pick for the Jets to land Favre; the Packers are likely asking for more in exchange for Rodgers.”
Ok fine: 2 conditional 3rd round picks
Can’t wait to see Love make multiple Super Bowl parades. Planning for them has been made.
That would be brilliant. More ammo to fire against those who think Rodgers is the greatest QB ever.
Rodgers isn’t the greatest QB ever, but he’s way up there. His greatness doesn’t mean Favre wasn’t great, and if Love is great, it won’t mean Rodgers wasn’t.
The “Greatest QB Ever” means anyone that played in the NFL in the 21st century. That’s historic territory when one considers that 2015 was “back in the day”.
Same as with the other professional sports….team or individual.
nope. just one
Smoke ’em if you got ’em, fellow Jets fans.
Like him or not – he’s got a better chance to win a January game in Buffalo than Carr or Zack Wilson
Derek Carr signed with the Saints but they won’t play Buffalo next term.
Aaron Rodgers, if the cap figure isn’t too high and Green Bay is carrying most of the pain, will put a lot of bums in seats in NYC. The Jets if they can take care of their cap and don’t give up much in trade (Green Bay has to deal, there’s no other way out for the Packers) might get some value out of two or three years of Rodgers in the Big Apple.
The Jets already “put a lot of bums in seats”. NYJ was second only to Dallas in average home-game attendance last season.
The Jets home season for 2023 is just about sold out now.
Then the Jets don’t need Aaron Rodgers. Thanks for the info, great that the hometown fans are supporting the Jets so enthusiastically.
As much as Woody Johnson sucks, he wants to win. So yes, the Jets do need Aaron Rodgers (or a different high-caliber QB).
Based on the OTC(link to overthecap.com) explanation of the Rodgers contract it seems unlikely that the trade could execute prior to June 1. It could be agreed to in principle prior to then.
Just for fun and with no regard to cap implications, the Packers should trade him to the Raiders for Davonte Adams.
Thanks for posting, Rich. I was wondering about that myself. Can’t imagine the Packers would unnecessarily take such a massive cap hit by trading him before June 1. But it seems so odd to engage in talks now, when a lot of things can happen (Rodgers gets hurt in the offseason, he retires, he waffles in his commitment to football, etc) between now and June 1.
Would hate to be the Jets and go through free agency and the draft thinking they have a deal in place only for Rodgers to retire in May or something.
Come ‘on. In the NFL and NBA there is nothing in the so called rules regarding the salary cap that can’t be easily finagled.
I find the entire issue of the salary cap to be comical. At most it’s a speed bump.
This one seems pretty cut and dry, though, doesn’t it? If GB trades him before June, it’s like a $40 million cap hit for them. After June 1, it’s like $15 million (I don’t know the exact numbers).
If they can manage to get around that, I will be very impressed.
All I gotta say is the Packers had two HOF QB’s since 1992. “Only” three Super Bowl trips and two championships. I think the Packers wasted the QB talent (don’t even get me started on Mike McCarthy.
Once this era of Rodgers ends, I will look back at the last 30 years happy for the high level of play, but feel the Packers could have done so much more with Favre and Rodgers.
I lived in Wisconsin during the Lynn Dickey years. 8-8 was a successful season.
Me too! But I’m not gonna tell you how old I am! Ha!
If your name RockinRobin is a reference to the song, I think I can take a rough guess!
Could be referring to the former Brewers player who was given that nickname. Probably makes him my age at least, and I’m…old.
Robin Y is a partial year older than me.
Correct only two championships is a travesty.
He’s not getting traded.
I would say options are trade me or I retire. What is it with these 2 GB stars that want out so bad? Then going to the same team is kind of ironic.
Favre didn’t want to go to the Jets. GB sent him there partly as punishment, partly to not have to face him, and mostly because his desire was to go to Minnesota. It surprises me that Rodgers is trying to repeat going to the Jets.
Costs nothing to be optimistic but the odds of Rodgers joining the Jets are probably the same as Angelina Jolie or Madonna asking to adopt me.
Hide under the bed.
No, I’d say the odds are definitely better than 0.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000%
The jets are fools to pursue this, but that being said, hey go for it.
Not really, but I do feel any conditional 2024 first round pick should be conditioned upon the Jets winning the Super Bowl this coming season. It could be a second this year and a fourth next year which turns into a third with a winning record, then into a second with making the playoffs, and into a first with winning it all.
I would think any picks offered would be conditional – as the Jets would still need to pick up/rework Rodgers’ onerous contract. For instance offer a 2 and a 3 that could become a 2 if Rodgers plays 17+ games.
I’d tell them to screw off if I’m the Jets. Everyone knows the Packers want him gone. They’re not in a position of strength
To negotiate that kind of ask.
Possibly but let’s not act like the jets have tons of options out there. Carr is off the market. You can massively overpay for a glorified RB (Lamar) that wants 5-6 years fully guaranteed and can’t stay healthy much less is getting older and won’t be as good either with the legs.
Jimmy G? Good luck with him.
Rodgers is the best option on the market even at 39. Now if I’m the packers, get what you can, but the big thing is unloading that terrible contract past the 23 cap hit they will take. One first rounder and conditional 4-5 or something sounds fine to me if the jets pick up most of the rest of that contract.
The Jets don’t have to try to win the Super Bowl in 2023. They can build steadily and slowly towards long term success. The Steelers and the Patriots come to mind as organisations who see the long term. Yes, the Steelers have to trade away their rookie wideouts in year four. So what, they draft new ones.
Extending those rookie-deal wideouts would mean devastating the defense as their cap space would be blown. Winning means saying no on cap grounds.
Rodgers is a big no on cap grounds. The Packers after signing that insane extension are far more desperate than the Jets. Someone else can play QB for the Jets in 2023. The Packers have to unload Rodgers or they won’t be able to field an NFL-level team in 2023.
The Packers basically have to give the Jets Rodgers for free. Sure, put a first round pick in 2025 in there if the Jets win the Super Bowl in 2023/2024. A second round pick if the Jets win the Super Bowl in 2024/2025. But otherwise free (okay a symbolic 5th round draft choice).
lol….free. you wish.
once again if you don’t get Rodgers who else you got at QB? Wilson again? Mayfield? Go right ahead and see how that works out. Rodgers makes your team an instant contender and he’s about the only qb available short of Lamar that does.
Apparently jets fans are all delusional.
The Jets…the Jets! lol..Will always be the Jets…no matter who the QB is. always in the shadow of THE GIANTS!
40 mil per year for a guy who has thrown more than 20 TDs once… Is agent that good or are the Giants brain dead
The Giants/Jets rivalry isn’t as lame as the one between the Knicks and Nets but it could probably use an upgrade as I don’t see either team casting any shadows.
Just Enjoy The Season, sold their soul for that championship back in the day.
This thin skinned egomaniac in the NY media market while his skills decline…?