Jets have leverage in Aaron Rodgers trade, says former NFL team exec

The New York Jets and Green Bay Packers have yet to reach an agreement on a trade involving quarterback Aaron Rodgers, even after the four-time MVP revealed his intentions to play for Gang Green in 2023.

As the NFL world awaits any movement on the deal, former Philadelphia Eagles team president Joe Banner told the New York Post on Saturday that the Jets have the upper hand in negotiations.

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Aaron Rodgers, #12 of the Green Bay Packers, throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (John Fisher/Getty Images)

«To me, the Jets can wait without any risk or consequence,» Banner told the newspaper. “The Packers, by waiting, risk that, for some reason, the Jets won’t be interested, and then they don’t have anyone. [to trade with]which really ruins his team for two, probably three years.

«Believing the Jets will do something that reflects impatience isn’t leverage. That’s just hoping they’re stupid. Leverage is putting the Packers in a position where they could lose the only team in interest, which creates a complete disaster for them.» .

Banner believes the Packers are in a tough spot and can’t get Rodgers back even if they tried. That’s why he said New York shouldn’t offer him a first-round pick.

Aaron Rodgers, #12 of the Green Bay Packers, drops back to pass against the New York Jets at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Aaron Rodgers, #12 of the Green Bay Packers, drops back to pass against the New York Jets at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (John Fisher/Getty Images)

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«If I’m the Jets, I’ll get it for as little as I can, and I’m not going to put anybody at risk no matter what,» he said.

«Why put one on the table when all you’re gaining is getting it a little early, maybe? The Packers have to give up at some point.»

New York Jets number 2 Zach Wilson reacts after a game against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium on December 18, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

New York Jets number 2 Zach Wilson reacts after a game against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium on December 18, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

New York’s quarterback situation isn’t improving either. The team benched Zach Wilson midway through last season to go with Mike White and even started Joe Flacco in a few games.

Rodgers made his intentions clear last week.

«At this point, as I’m sitting here, I think from Friday, I made it clear that my intention was to play and my intention was to play for the New York Jets,» he told Pat McAfee.

Rodgers called the decision «bittersweet» but added that there are no hard feelings between him and Green Bay.

Aaron Rodgers, number 12 for the Green Bay Packers, in action against the New York Jets on December 23, 2018 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Aaron Rodgers, number 12 for the Green Bay Packers, in action against the New York Jets on December 23, 2018 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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«No one has bled green and gold like me. I mean, I love that city,» he said. «I love those fans. I love that region.»