Jets insider reveals likely Aaron Rodgers trade package


Aaron Rodgers, Packers, Jets, NFL rumors (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Aaron Rodgers, Packers, Jets, NFL rumors (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

A New York Jets insider provided their prediction as to what the team would have to trade to the Green Bay Packers for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

For those wondering what is next for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, there appeared to be some sort of clarity. On Monday, the New York Jets received permission by the Packers to speak to Rodgers, and a contingent flew out to California to meet with the quarterback. While this may seem like “Rodgers to the Jets” is about to happen, the four-time NFL MVP still has to give the okay for the trade. So, a decision by Rodgers still looms.

What could a Rodgers to the Jets trade look like?

ESPN’s Rich Cimini, who covers the Jets, provided his prediction as to what the AFC East team will give up for Rodgers, if it actually happens. Cimini says it could be a 2023 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2024 third-round pick.

While we’re on Rodgers Watch … a prediction: IF trade happens, I say #Jets give up 2023 2nd rounder + conditional 2024 3rd rounder (can improve based on indiv/team performance). Don’t see them trading ’23 1st rounder (13th). Comp could be tied to how much contract they take on

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) March 8, 2023

Jets insider predicts what Aaron Rodgers trade package could look like

As Cimini mentions in his tweet, the compensation would be how much of the contract the Jets take on in the trade. Additionally, Cimini says that conditional third-rounder would be based on the performance of Rodgers and the team.

According to Spotrac, Rodgers right now, if he were to remain with the Packers, would account for $31.6 million against the cap in 2023. Albert Breer of TheMMQB tweeted out that if Rodgers were traded for, he would cost just $15.74 million against the cap.

Logistics of Aaron Rodgers’ contract, if traded for, in 2023.

• $58.3M option bonus, which is prorated over four years on the cap.

• $28.3M of the bonus payable within 10 days of execution, $30M by Sept. 30.

• $1.165M base.

• $59.465M total in cash.

• $15.74M cap hit.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 8, 2023

For the Jets, Rodgers is the best quarterback available. Derek Carr, whom they were interested in this offseason, signed a four-year, $150 million contract with the New Orleans Saints. Geno Smith re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks on a three-year, $105 million contract. Daniel Jones and the New York Giants agreed to terms on a four-year, $160 million deal. They can’t afford to swing and miss on Rodgers.

Even players on the team are openly pitching Rodgers to join them in the AFC East on social media.

The Jets know how important it is to get a proven quarterback this offseason. The lack of quality options at the position this past season essentially cost them a shot at the postseason. They now hope they can swing a deal to get Rodgers, the multi-time league MVP, to switch from Packers green to Jets green for the 2023 season.