The New York Jets have successfully acquired quarterback Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers, following a drawn-out negotiation process. In exchange, the Jets will give up their No. 13 overall pick in this year’s draft, two later-round picks, and a conditional second-round pick in the 2024 NFL draft. The Packers, on the other hand, will provide Rodgers, the No. 15 pick, and a later-round pick.
Rodgers had expressed his intention to play for the Jets on “The Pat McAfee Show” back in March. While both teams’ leadership acknowledged that a trade was in the works, it took nearly six weeks for them to finalize the deal, coming to an agreement just three days before the NFL draft is set to begin in Kansas City, Missouri. The trade was initially reported by ESPN and later confirmed by an anonymous source with knowledge of the terms.
Aaron Rodgers is being traded to the New York Jets, sources tell ESPN. pic.twitter.com/eWbs1tDsu4
The deal includes a 2nd rounder this year, a 1st round pick swap this year, and a conditional 1st rounder in 2024. pic.twitter.com/QfOWggeAU6
The New York Jets’ acquisition of 39-year-old quarterback Aaron Rodgers, one of the highest-paid players in NFL history, raises the question of whether the trade was worth it. However, Jets fans who were disappointed with Zach Wilson’s performance last season might have been eager to contribute financially to secure Rodgers. The bold move by the Jets and General Manager Joe Douglas still allows the team to retain their first-round pick this year.
While the trade may have been an emotional decision for many Jets fans, who would have likely approved of the move after the previous season’s outcome, their satisfaction will ultimately hinge on whether Rodgers can lead the team to their first playoff run since 2010.