It’s finally done. QB Aaron Rodgers is a New York Jet. After months of speculation and weeks of negotiating, the Green Bay Packers have agreed to trade Rodgers to the Jets. ESPN’s Adam Schefter has the important trade details.
The Jets and Packers will swap first-round picks, the Jets moving down two spots. The Jets will get a fifth-round pick this year while the Packers will get a second-round pick this year, 42nd overall, a sixth-round pick this year, 207th overall, and a conditional 2024 second-round pick contingent on Rodgers playing at least 65% of the Jets’ snaps this season.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Rodgers will rework his contract to make it more manageable for both sides.
Last month, Rodgers confirmed he wanted out of Green Bay to go to New York. A deal had been discussed for weeks, though the two sides couldn’t agree on exact terms. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted over the weekend trade talks picked back up and now both sides have gotten it done.
Schefter adds Rodgers will wear #8 for the Jets, the number he wore in college for the Cal Golden Bears.
The Steelers won’t play the Jets in the regular season but Pittsburgh will see the Green Bay Packers sometime this year. The Packers will turn to former first-round pick Jordan Love, who has thrown just 83 passes since being drafted 26th overall in 2020. The Packers traded up for Love that year, stunning many, including probably Rodgers.
Rodgers now joins a loaded AFC full of the league’s top quarterbacks. Names like Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Trevor Lawrence, Justin Herbert, Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson (presumably), and Deshaun Watson (maybe) are just some of the top names in the conference. For Pittsburgh to compete, it will need Kenny Pickett to make a big second-year jump.