Aaron Rodgers’ status for the 2023 season and beyond is unclear, whether with the Green Bay Packers or elsewhere, and a report Sunday didn’t really clear things up.
The Packers trade Rodgers is still «possible» and league sources told ESPN that the franchise «prefers to leave Rodgers» as it did with Brett Favre. The report cited «financial reasons» and the overall «condition» of the franchise as the driving force behind the potential move.
Rumors about Rodgers’ status with the franchise intensified earlier in the week.
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He was linked to the New York Jets, with the most recent rumor coming in an article published Thursday in The Athletic. If the Packers are serious about moving the four-time MVP, the report says they expect the Jets «to get involved in any trade discussions.»
The Jets may need to give the Packers at least two first-round draft picks for Rodgers if a trade were to occur, a steep price for a quarterback who could retire now or after the 2023 season. New York could also receive a salary-cap impact of $15.8 million in 2023 and $32.5 million in 2024 if he’s acquired and his contract isn’t restructured again.
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Athletic weren’t the only ones to dive into the Rodgers-Jets connection. NFL journalist Peter King also gave credence to the possibility of the Jets going after Rodgers. King wrote in his «Football Morning In America» column that Jets owner Woody Johnson was «desperate» for a quarterback.
«So how possible is that? Well, consider that Rodgers’ salary cap over the next two seasons would be a combined $48.3 million. That’s certainly manageable,» King wrote. «As for the compensation owed to Green Bay, I think the Pack would want at least two first-round picks. The Woody Johnson Jets, desperate for a star quarterback almost since the days of Broadway Joe, would happily pay that freight, I I guess. But would Rodgers take a deal with the Jets? We’ll see.»
Johnson has expressed that he would be willing to pay for a quarterback in the offseason.
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Later Thursday, the Jets hired Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator. Hackett was fired by the Denver Broncos early in the season, but spent a few seasons as Rodgers’ offensive coordinator.