Brian Gutekunst had the perfect reaction after Aaron Rodgers-Jets deal

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While it's only bene slightly over a month since Aaron Rodgers committed to playing for the New York Jets, it feels like we've been stuck in trade limbo for ages. The constant will-they-won't-they battle that Brian Gutekunst was engaged in with Joe Douglas seemed like it wouldn't end any time soon, until it did.

Right on schedule, mere days ahead of the NFL Draft, both sides agreed to a deal. Rodgers is headed to the Jets and the Packers are receiving a haul that is already being touted as a total fleecing.

Green Bay will be getting two first-round picks for Rodgers, in addition to a second-round pick in this year's draft. That 2023 first-rounder is a pick swap, but it means the Packers are moving up to No. 13 overall and have an even more lucrative pick to either use on a top prospect or flip to the highest bidder.

Given how quarterbacks are being projected as sliding down the draft board, it's a prime spot for a potential trade back.

Gutekunst has traded Rodgers, which was the biggest objective of the offseason. The work, however, is far from done.

Everything Packers GM said after Aaron Rodgers Jets deal

Less than an hour after news of the trade was broken on Twitter, Gutekunst addressed the media in Green Bay and dove into deeper details.

He didn't linger, and didn't tip his hand to any further moves the Pakcers plan to make, but it was clear the Packers front office is feeling pretty good after trading away a future Hall of Fame quarterback. Among the things he talked about, Gutekunst addressed trading Davante Adams and Rodgers in back-to-back years.

Rodgers wore out his welcome in pretty quick order once it was clear his playing days in Green Bay were over. As the Packers rigidly transitioned into the Jordan Love era, the divorce with Rodgers started to get nasty but Gutekunst is already getting way out ahead of any perceived bad blood between the two.

“[Aaron Rodgers] will always be a Packer," Gutekunst said. "He’ll be one of the best to have ever done it around here. I have a lot of respect for how he went about it and he’ll be missed, there’s no doubt about it. Players like that don’t come around very often.”

Gutekunst doesn't seem like a guy who is bummed about the moves he made, nor should he. Think about how insane it is that a team traded its top two players in consecutive offseasons, and might actually be in a better position after.

That's where things feel like they stand in Green Bay after trading Rodgers. The Packers picked up three Top 100 picks for Rodgers which is an insane haul. They moved up to No. 13 this year, which could be the difference between landing an elite prospect and needing to figure out the next-best-thing.