An Aaron Rodgers trade has yet to become official, and ESPN’s Rob Demovsky says that the Green Bay Packers are waiting on the New York Jets to finalize it.
Nearly a month ago, quarterback Aaron Rodgers revealed on “The Pat McAfee Show” that he intends to play for the New York Jets in the 2023 season. However, a trade between the Jets and Green Bay Packers have yet to come to an agreement on a trade. There were even reports that both teams were getting closer on a deal.
But now there is a new update that says a trade is still a ways away from happening.
ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky made an appearance on NFL Live and revealed that the Packers “are waiting for the Jets to meet their terms, not the other way around,” and that Green Bay thinks “they have the leverage right now.”
Packers ‘are waiting for the Jets to meet their terms’ on Aaron Rodgers trade
“If a deal doesn’t get done before the draft…then perhaps the leverage shifts to the Jets after that,” said Demovsky. “However that’s really only if there’s not another team involved. At some point, if the Packers feel like they can’t get a deal done with the Jets, then the question is will they try to anything from another team? The difficulty there is that we know that Rodgers has stated publicly that he wants to play for the Jets, and he would obviously have to approve of any trade to another team where he would go.”
In regards to Rodgers having to approve of a trade to another team if a deal with the Jets fall through, Demovsky says that early on, there was another team interested in Rodgers, but said “that has not materialized.”
Yahoo Sports NFL insider Charles Robinson reported that the trade talks were focused on New York’s 2023 second-rounder and a 2024 second-rounder that could become a first-rounder. However, the Jets want some draft pick insurance if Rodgers were to retire after the 2023 season, as he said that he was leaning towards retiring when entering his offseason “darkness retreat.”
This is essentially a game of chicken, and there is a deadline that is key for both teams — Apr. 27. That is the first night of the 2023 NFL Draft and would be the last chance to use their 2023 picks. Let’s not forget that the Jets’ picks next year may not be as high as this year’s.
The NFL world is not just waiting on when a Rodgers trade will be finalized, but also on who blinks first between the Jets and Packers.