NY Jets FINALLY trade for Aaron Rodgers after months of waiting
By Justin Fried
The NY Jets have done it. After months of waiting, the Jets have finally agreed to terms on a trade for future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is headed to Florham Park.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Monday that the Jets are sending the No. 13 overall pick, the No. 42 overall pick, the No. 207 overall pick (sixth round), and a conditional 2024 second-round pick to the Green Bay Packers for the No. 15 overall pick and a 2023 fifth-round pick (No. 170).
The conditional second-rounder in 2024 becomes a first-round pick if Rodgers plays at least 65 percent of the Jets' snaps in 2023. Essentially, if Rodgers plays most of this season, the Jets are giving up next year's first-round pick.
The Jets and Packers were motivated to get a deal done before this week's 2023 NFL Draft. Both teams emphasized including 2023 draft capital in the deal, meaning a trade had to be agreed to before Thursday's draft.
The NY Jets have finally landed Aaron Rodgers in a trade
On the surface, this seems to be a fair compromise for both parties. The Jets weren't willing to give up a 2023 first-round pick in the Rodgers trade, instead agreeing to a swap of first-round picks.
They also were determined not to surrender a straight first-round pick in 2024. Instead, they tied conditions to the deal to protect themselves in the scenario that Rodgers doesn't play for part of this season.
On the other hand, the Packers didn't give up any 2025 pick protection like the Jets wanted. If Rodgers retires after one season, the Jets have no future draft pick protection.
The conditions being tied to Rodgers playing time instead of individual or team success is also a win for Green Bay. The Packers will very likely receive a first-round pick in 2024.
Either way, the saga is over. The deal is done. Aaron Rodgers is officially a member of the New York Jets.
It. Has. Happened.