Lamar Jackson and 4 QBs the NY Jets can trade for this offseason

Justin Fried
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3. The NY Jets could trade for Aaron Rodgers

It would be a pipedream of sorts to land future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers in New York, even if only for a season or two. The 10-time Pro Bowler is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and still has more than enough left in the tank even at age 39.

There are red flags about Rodgers coming off a down year and throwing his most interceptions in a season since his first year as a starter in 2008, but you'd be hard-pressed to find many who would turn down the opportunity to have Rodgers on the Jets.

The issue with this scenario, however, is finances.

Rodgers has a massive cap hit over the next few seasons that would make it very difficult to trade him. For starters, the Packers would have to eat a significant amount of dead cap to even move him, and that's not even taking into account what the team trading for him would need to take on.

I'll let Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap explain it because it's a bit complicated.

"For the team acquiring Rodgers they would be on the hook for the salary for the year. The cap charge would be $59,515,000 if they do not exercise his option and $15.79 million if they were to exercise the option. Rodgers has an injury guarantee of $49.25 million for 2024 but that does not become fully guaranteed until 5 days after the 2023 Super Bowl. If Rodgers was cut after 2023 it would cost the team $43.725 million on the 2024 cap. If he retired they could split that as $14.575 million in 2024 and $29.15 million in 2025 using a similar June 2nd date as mentioned above in the retirement option."

Jason Fitzgerald

In short, it's not going to happen. The finances make it nearly impossible (or at least highly impractical) for the Packers to trade Rodgers, not to mention the other obvious sentiment. Why would they?

The Packers seem likely to roll with Rodgers for at least another season, even with Jordan Love still biding his time. Heck, the Jets have a better chance of trading for Love than they do Rodgers.

Rodgers is included on this list to explore the possibility and explain why it's not going to happen for a variety of reasons. Anyone still holding out hope for a Jets/Aaron Rodgers trade should likely turn their attention to more feasible options.

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