Packers best offseason moves No. 1: Aaron Rodgers trade
Aaron Rodgers told the Pat McAfee Show he was 90% retired during his darkness treat. Chances are, Rodgers' time in Green Bay was over even without a trade.
The Packers still netted two premium draft picks and a swap of first-rounders from the New York Jets.
Swapping the No. 15 pick for No. 13 helped the Packers land Iowa edge rusher Lukas Van Ness. Green Bay used its second-rounder from New York to draft Oregon State tight end Luke Musgrave.
Any future first-rounder from the Jets would need conditions. But many expected it to be linked to the Jets' record or Rodgers' individual stats, not playing time. Brian Gutekunst negotiated a great deal for the Packers. All they need is Rodgers to play 65% of the snaps this season, and New York sends a 2024 first to Green Bay instead of a second.
Phenomenal work from Gutekunst.
He traded a quarterback who admitted he was at one stage 90% retired and is entering his age-40 season, netting two premium draft picks and a swap of firsts. Barring an injury to Rodgers, the Packers should receive a first next year.
A fantastic trade for the Packers. They landed a far better deal than many expected.