Packers: Aaron Rodgers to Jets trade rumors heating up

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /

Thirty-six days have passed since the Green Bay Packers‘ season-ending defeat to the Detroit Lions.

Yet we still have absolutely no idea who the Packers’ quarterback will be next season.

Four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers has yet to make an announcement on whether he will continue to play football next season. And if he does return, we don’t know if it will be with the Packers or somewhere else.

If the latter becomes a reality, the New York Jets would be an interesting trade destination.

Packers: Aaron Rodgers to Jets trade rumors heating up

Aaron Rodgers to the Jets makes sense for everyone involved. And it seems the Jets are interested in trading for the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, New York has “inquired about Aaron Rodgers’ availability”.

It’s a notable update, although a lot still has to fall into place for a trade to become a reality. Just because the Jets have interest, it doesn’t mean a deal will be agreed.

Rodgers would first have to commit to playing in 2023, then decide a move to the Jets makes sense for him. Even then, the two teams would need to agree on compensation in a deal.

But it’s still an interesting update. The Jets could easily have decided to opt for a rookie quarterback or another veteran option like Derek Carr or Jimmy Garoppolo. They still might. But to inquire about Rodgers’ availability shows their interest in making a deal happen.

And a move from Green Bay to New York would make sense for Rodgers.

The Jets had the fourth-ranked defense this season. Their offense ranked eighth-worst, but that’s where Aaron Rodgers would help.

New York had a quarterback rotation of Zach Wilson, Joe Flacco, and Mike White in 2022. Rodgers would provide a significant upgrade.

Rodgers could have confidence that this isn’t the same old Jets, and that they can build a strong roster around him.

New York hit its 2022 draft class out of the park. First-rounders Garrett Wilson and Sauce Gardner took home the AP Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year awards, respectively. Gardner was also a first-team All-Pro.

Running back Breece Hall would’ve been in the conversation, too, had he not suffered a season-ending injury after only seven games.

With the right quarterback, the Jets could quickly become contenders, in similar style to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 when they signed Tom Brady in free agency.

But will a trade see Aaron Rodgers swap the Green Bay Packers for New York Jets? Only time will tell.