NY Jets news: Packers stubborn in Aaron Rodgers trade, DeAndre Hopkins interest

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The NY Jets and Green Bay Packers don't appear any closer to an Aaron Rodgers trade than they were a few weeks ago. Perhaps that's mostly because the two teams haven't spoken about the Rodgers deal in over two weeks.

What we do know is that the holdup remains compensation-based. The Packers have conceded that they aren't going to receive the 13th overall pick, but they're still dug into the belief that they could convince the Jets to give them an unprotected future first-round pick.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported on Wednesday that the Packers are even willing to give the Jets pick protection in the form of 2025 draft capital in the case that Rodgers doesn't play next season.

However, they're committed to receiving a first-round pick in 2024. The Jets are only interested in giving up a future first if there are conditions attached. The two sides will eventually reach a compromise, but for now, a trade doesn't seem to be imminent.

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Jets possibly interested in DeAndre Hopkins

Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer was asked in his weekly mailbag on Wednesday if the Jets have interest in "making a run at" trading for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Breer suggested that they absolutely might.

Breer insisted that the Jets plan to do everything they can to surround Aaron Rodgers with talent and compete in 2023. That includes exploring a trade for an All-Pro receiver like Hopkins.

After missing out on Odell Beckham Jr., many have labeled Hopkins an obvious pivot point for the organization. Breer seems to believe there's a real chance the Jets consider the move.

The biggest obstacle to overcome with a Hopkins deal is money, but if the Jets can find a way to mitigate his 2023 cap hit, there's no reason why they shouldn't make a serious push to trade for him.

Quinton Jefferson contract details revealed

The Jets signed veteran defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson to a one-year deal last week, and the details of his contract were finally reported by ESPN's Field Yates on Wednesday.

Jefferson's contract comes with a base value of $3.6 million and $2.75 million in guarantees. The deal can reach up to $4.25 million in incentives. Yates also noted that the Jets added four void years to mitigate his 2023 cap hit.

Adding void years allows the Jets to prorate Jefferson's signing bonus and significantly lower his cap hit for this season. The team did the same with Mecole Hardman's deal — hence why Hardman's cap hit is under $2 million in 2023.

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Jefferson's exact cap hit is unclear at the time of writing, but it likely won't be much more than $1-2 million. The Jets are clearly willing to push some dead money into the future at the expense of competing this season.