Fans of the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets just want the Aaron Rodgers trade to be completed.
Everybody knows Rodgers will play for the Jets this season and the Packers are beginning the Jordan Love era. At some point, the two sides will come to an agreement on compensation.
However, it has been an exhausting month for fans of both teams. Once Rodgers announced his decision on the Pat McAfee Show, a trade was supposedly imminent, yet nothing has happened.
When will the Aaron Rodgers trade drama finally end? Unfortunately, if a deal isn't done before or during the draft, we could be in for an even longer wait.
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ESPN's Rob Demovsky was a guest on The Rich Eisen Show on Monday.
The good news is that Demovsky believes a deal between the Packers and Jets could be made ahead of the second night of the draft. However, there's a caveat. Demovsky added that if trade negotiations go on beyond the draft, the wait could be a long one.
"I really could see Friday of the draft, so a week from this Friday, being the day that it gets done. Now, if it doesn't, buckle up, and we might be talking about this on August 1 or whenever training camp opens," Demovsky said.
OK, so this has to get done before the end of the draft, right? It's possible, but not a guarantee.
Last week, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that a deal being agreed before or during the draft was anything but guaranteed.
"While it looks like this is a situation that could heat up and escalate as the draft kicks off, there are no assurances that will happen either. Green Bay seems quite content to wait until after the draft to make a trade," Schefter said.
If the Packers aren't getting what they want from the Jets, maybe they are willing to drag it out. If what the Jets are offering today isn't good enough, why would things change on draft night?
If the 2023 NFL Draft passes and no deal is in place, there is absolutely no need to rush from the Packers' perspective. The chance to land draft picks this year would be gone. Green Bay would have to settle for 2024 selections.
In that scenario, why not hold out for a first-rounder? The Packers can begin their preparations for the 2023 season with Jordan Love, but the Jets need Rodgers in by training camp at the latest, one would assume.
We can hope the deal gets done before the conclusion of the draft. If not, a long summer of Aaron Rodgers trade drama could await.