Time is ticking for the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets to get a trade for Aaron Rodgers finalized before the 2023 NFL Draft.
With negotiations seemingly going nowhere anytime soon, a solution to the problem may be achieved by adding a third team to the mix.
Enter the San Francisco 49ers. A longtime rival of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers could provide the answer.
The Niners have a roster built for a championship, except they may find themselves without a quarterback. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that teams have called San Francisco about a trade for Trey Lance. Meanwhile, Brock Purdy is on the long road back from a significant injury.
Aaron Rodgers would help the Niners go from pretenders to legitimate contenders in the NFC. But if San Francisco surprisingly trades for Rodgers, where does that leave the Jets? We have a solution.
What's better than two teams making a trade? How about three?
Perfect Aaron Rodgers 3-team trade where everyone wins
Hang it in The Louvre. This magical three-way trade sees everyone get what they want.
Let's start with San Francisco. The Niners solve their quarterback problem by adding a four-time MVP and future Hall-of-Famer. They are ready to win now, so Rodgers is the perfect addition to their roster. They send a first-rounder to the Packers, but in 2024, meaning they can go all-in without losing any of this year's picks.
Jets fans might not love the fact they don't get Aaron Rodgers, but this could work out better in the long run. They have built a young, talented roster that can have sustained success.
In Trey Lance, they would be getting a quarterback selected third overall only two years ago. He's still just 22 years old and could be the Jets' long-term answer at the most important position in football.
The best part? They only have to give away one second-round pick.
The Packers? They win, too. Green Bay finally figures out a deal for Aaron Rodgers and gets a premium price in return. They receive immediate help with a second-rounder this year from the Jets. They also get a guaranteed 2024 first-round pick from the 49ers.
The 49ers give up a 2024 first-round pick for Aaron Rodgers, allowing them to go all-in for a Super Bowl this season.
The Jets give up a second-rounder for Trey Lance, a bargain price for their long-term answer at quarterback. Lance has star potential.
The Packers give up Rodgers for a second-round pick and future first, netting premium draft capital for their former MVP.