It seems the Aaron Rodgers trade continues to be stuck in a weird transactional limbo, with each new day bringing a brand new wrinkle to the drama.
We've not come a long way since Rodgers went on the Pat McAfee Show and committed to playing for the New York Jets, which seemed to indicate a trade was nearing. All that seemed to be holding up the deal was Rodgers buying in and giving his approval for the deal, which he did in that interview.
That was back in early March, and we're now on the other side of the Easter holiday in April but nothing has changed. Rodgers is a member of the Packers in name only, as the team has essentially moved into the Jordan Love era, yet nothing has actually happened.
In that interview with McAfee, Rodgers drew groans and eye rolls for blaming the Packers for holding up the deal. At the time it was easy to dig him for it, as Rodgers is almost always the source of whatever frustrating non-football drama the team is dealing with. However, it appears that he might have been right all along and the reason the deal hasn't happened is the Packers dragging their feet.
Furthering that notion is a report from an NFL insider that validates what Rodgers was saying a month ago.
Aaron Rodgers rumors: NFL Insider reveals Packers asking price
Yahoo! Sports NFL insider Charles Robinson was a guest on the Wilde and Tausch Show on ESPN Milwaukee and revealed what he's hearing the Packers are now asking from the Jets for Rodgers.
"Green Bay is stuck on an asking price of a two this year, a straight shot one next year, so no graduation schedule attached to it, and they'd be willing to do the 2025 draft asset to give back if for some reason Aaron Rodgers doesn't play," Robinson said.
If you got confused by the coded language, the translation is the Packers want a second-round pick in this year's NFL Draft plus an unconditional first-round pick next year.
This comes on the heels of a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter earlier on Wednesday that gave a rather grim outlook on where things stand at the moment.
"The trade that everybody seems to be waiting to get done is not any closer to happening right now as the draft draws closer," said Schefter. "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."
There was some talk of conditional picks being tossed around, which would appear to bridge some gaps in the talks, but Robinson seems to shoot that down with his 'straight shot one' in reference to a first-round pick next year.
We'll see where talks end up going as the NFL Draft nears, because any movement at this point is better than the nothing that's been happening over the last month.