The Green Bay Packers on Monday reportedly agreed to trade quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets in a move that’s been months in the making.
All in all, the deal includes six draft picks.
The Jets and Packers swapped first-round picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, with Green Bay now set to draft No. 13 overall and New York scheduled at No. 15, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. If Rodgers is behind center for 65% of the snaps or more during New York’s 2023 campaign, the Packers also will receive the Jets’ 2024 first-rounder. If he’s not behind center for more than 65% of snaps, the Packers instead will receive the Jets’ 2024 second-rounder.
The Packers also gain New York’s second- and sixth-round picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Jets receive Green Bay’s 2023 fifth-rounder in addition to Rodgers and the pick swap.
The fact the NFL draft was used as a deadline should come as no surprise. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst previously expressed how the organization expected to have the deal done before the draft.
The fact Rodgers is headed to New York is no surprise, either. Rodgers went on the “Pat McAfee Show” on March 15 and revealed he intended to play for the Jets. At the time, the four-time NFL MVP noted the Packers were aware of his intentions and were holding the deal up in hopes of getting more in a trade. Rodgers had been linked to the Jets during much of the offseason before his mid-March reveal.
The 39-year-old Rodgers remains under contract through the 2025 campaign. New York now will inherit the remainder of his deal, which includes $59.5 million guaranteed in salary and bonus this season.