For years, drama has been swirling between the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers. For weeks, months at this point, the Packers and New York Jets have been working on a trade to send Rodgers to the Big Apple.
On Monday, with a full three days to go before the 2023 NFL Draft, it finally happened.
Rodgers is headed to New York. The Packers are getting a substantial haul of draft picks. And Jordan Love is finally — officially — the Packers’ starting quarterback.
Adam Schefter of ESPN had the news first. According to his reports, the Packers and Jets will swap first-round picks, with the Packers receiving #13 and the Jets getting #15 back. Green Bay also receives the 42nd overall pick in the draft, the second-rounder that New York acquired from the Cleveland Browns recently in a trade, while the two sides will swap picks in the 5th and sixth rounds. Green Bay will also receive a 2nd-round pick in 2024, which could upgrade to a first-rounder if Rodgers plays at least 65 percent of the Jets’ offensive snaps in 2023.
Nowhere is there a mention of the Packers sending back a pick in 2025 if Rodgers does not play in 2024. Nor is there any mention of a condition regarding that 2024 pick’s level being contingent on the Jets’ success in 2023.
Again: Green Bay will get to head into the draft now two spots higher in round one, while landing another second-round pick as well.
Here is the full compensation of the trade:
- Jets 2023 1st-round pick (#13)
- Jets 2023 2nd-round pick (#42, originally from Browns)
- Jets 2023 6th-round pick (#207)
- Conditional 2024 draft pick — 2nd rounder that increases to a 1st-rounder if Rodgers plays at least 65% of snaps in 2023
- Aaron Rodgers
- Packers 2023 1st-round pick (#15)
- Packers 2023 5th-round pick (#170)
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst spoke to reports in a scheduled press conference almost immediately after news broke, noting that the deal is not yet finalized, and that there are a few hurdles to finish. This likely refers to Rodgers passing his physical exam with the Jets and perhaps the Jets working out some restructuring of Rodgers’ contract.
Here’s the upshot: Rodgers is a Jet and the Packers are getting significant value in both the 2023 and 2024 NFL Drafts as a result. Stay tuned for more details.