NY Jets news: Jets 'closer' to Aaron Rodgers trade, Odell Beckham update
By Justin Fried
We have a new update on the NY Jets' pursuit of Aaron Rodgers, and it seems to be an encouraging one. Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reported late Monday night that the Jets and Green Bay Packers are "closer" to finalizing a Rodgers trade.
The current trade offer being discussed is reportedly a 2023 second-round pick and a 2024 second-round pick that could become a first-round pick if certain team performance escalators are reached.
The holdup appears to be on the Packers' side, as Green Bay is looking for "straight shot" draft picks without qualifiers, while the Jets want some insurance in case Rodgers doesn't play in 2024. That insurance could come in the form of 2025 draft compensation.
The Packers aren't willing to give in just yet, but it sure seems as though they've given up their pursuit of a first-round pick. The best they're getting is a conditional future first.
Other NY Jets news
Jets still interested in Odell Beckham
General manager Joe Douglas spoke to reporters at the NFL league meetings in Arizona on Monday, and he reiterated the Jets' interest in free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
While Douglas did say that the Jets don't currently have a visit scheduled for Beckham, he left the door open for that in the future. Douglas did indicate that the Jets have had "productive conversations" with Beckham's agent.
There is a reported mutual interest between the Jets and Beckham. The former All-Pro wide receiver is very open to the idea of returning to New York to play with Aaron Rodgers, while the Jets remain interested in him as well.
Many believe the Jets are the leaders in the clubhouse for Beckham, and Douglas didn't shy away from confirming the team's interest on Monday.
Calais Campbell visit scheduled for Thursday
Douglas also confirmed a report from CBS Sports' Josina Anderson that stated that free-agent defensive lineman Calais Campbell is set to visit with the Jets on Thursday.
Campbell has already visited with the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars and has another meeting lined up with the Buffalo Bills. The Jets will be the next stop on his free-agent tour.
The 36-year-old remains one of the better interior defensive linemen in football even as he approaches his 16th season in the NFL. Campbell is looking to sign with a contender, and there's no denying he would address a sizable need for the Jets.
Out of any of the remaining free agents the Jets could sign, Calais Campbell should be their top priority.