Well, it finally happened. After what feels like forever, the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets have come to an agreement on a trade package that will send Aaron Rodgers to the AFC East and a new team.
It felt like a matter of when and not if the Packers were going to trade Rodgers this offseason. What became an increasing part of the drama was where he would end up. Things seemed pretty shored up that the Jets would be his final destination, and Rodgers said as much on The Pat McAfee Show back in March, but things stalled out soon after.
San Francisco entered the fray, at least in the rumor mill, and the Packers trade package value seemed to fluctuate as well.
In the end, it was indeed New York that landed Rodgers, and the final compensation for the Packers is outstanding -- far beyond what fans were probably bracing for given how long the talks were dragging out.
- Pick No. 13
- 2023 2nd-rd pick (No. 42)
- 6th-rd pick (No. 207)
- Conditional 2024 2nd-rd pick that becomes a 1st if Rodgers plays 65 percent of the plays.
That's a phenomenal haul, one that feels fitting for the value that Rodgers provides the Jets.
Dare we say, the Packers pretty much fleeced the Jets for Rodgers.
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It's recency bias, and a total knee-jerk reaction, but it sure seems like the Packers fleeced the Jets with this trade.
Part of what inflates that notion is where we ended up after so many different iterations of a potential trade. At one point it sounded like the best Green Bay could hope for in return for Rodgers was a second round pick and a conditional first-rounder next year.
Brian Gutekunst not only got both of those things but he managed to move up in the NFL Draft this year and slide into the No. 13 overall pick. It's just two spots up, but that could be the difference between getting an elite player and having to settle for something else.