Aaron Rodgers rumors: 3 moves Packers can make if trade isn't done before draft
Only two weeks away from the start of the 2023 NFL Draft, fans of the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets still await the Aaron Rodgers trade.
What once felt like an imminent transaction now runs the risk of being delayed beyond the draft. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this week that there are "no assurances" a deal will be made before then.
Trading Rodgers before the draft would be the ideal situation for the Packers. They get to move on sooner and bring in much-needed draft capital this year. But what if the two sides can't agree to a deal?
What's next for the Packers?
Packers could make Jets wait if Aaron Rodgers trade isn't agreed before the draft
One option is to make the New York Jets wait.
If the Jets are unwilling to pay the Packers what they want in the next two weeks, costing them 2023 draft picks, there's no incentive for Green Bay to rush the trade.
According to Spotrac, Rodgers' $58.3 million roster bonus doesn't have to be exercised until Week 1 of the regular season. If a deal isn't agreed before the draft, the Packers can put their feet up and wait. It's then on the Jets to make a better offer or risk not having Rodgers in New York for OTAs or training camp.
Would the Jets want to risk not having Rodgers available for those important practices? Worse yet, miss out on him altogether?
Set a price. If the Jets don't match, make them wait.