The 2023 NFL Draft begins one month from today. Round one of the draft takes place on Thursday, April 27th, and as that date approaches, the pressure will mount for the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets to come to a resolution on trading Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers have no motivation to lessen their demands in the next several weeks. They can continue to hold out for the Jets’ first-round pick at #13 overall until Draft Day arrives. If there is no agreement by the Jets by that point, however, GM Brian Gutekunst will need to decide if he would rather get some lesser picks in 2023 or wait until 2024 to receive draft compensation for the quarterback.
While the one-month mark is here, the NFL has gathered together in Phoenix for its annual meeting. With power players like Gutekunst, Mark Murphy, and the Jets’ Joe Douglas and Woody Johnson all in attendance, perhaps this week leads to some conversations that help push a deal along a little more quickly.
For now, Packers and Jets fans alike will need to just keep waiting.
HC Robert Saleh: To have a guy like Aaron Rodgers want to play for Jets 'shows how far we've come' | NFL.com
Saleh spoke at the NFL meetings on Sunday, but said that "We've got nothing for you" in terms of any update on the expected Rodgers trade.
New York Jets want to keep lucky 13th pick - ESPN
The 13th pick has produced eight Pro Bowl players in the past 10 years, one reason the Jets don't want to give it up in Aaron Rodgers trade talks.
The Case for Trading Aaron Rodgers to the Jets for 2024 NFL Draft Picks - Sports Illustrated
A little while back, APC's Paul Noonan explained the draft class reasons why 2024 picks could be more helpful to the Packers than in 2023, but Bill Huber discusses some financial benefits to waiting a year for a haul of picks.
Allen Lazard Says Aaron Rodgers 'A Big Reason' For Jets Signing, Expects Trade To Happen | TMZ
Lazard, for one, isn't worried about the trade going through, seeing as he mentioned Rodgers' plans to play for the Jets as a primary driver for his own decision to sign with New York.
Packers re-sign LB Eric Wilson | Packers.com
One special teams stalwart returns after playing in 13 games for the Packers last season and tying for the team lead in special teams tackles.
Packers lose LB Krys Barnes to Arizona Cardinals | Packers Wire
Meanwhile, the three-year veteran and two-year starter is headed for a new destination after an injury-riddled 2022.
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