Deadlines spur action. Entering the week of the 2023 NFL Draft, a trade between the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets for quarterback Aaron Rodgers could finally be on the way.
Since Aaron Rodgers revealed his plans to play for the Jets on a mid-March edition of the Pat McAfee Show, what seemed to be an imminent trade has slowed down. After over a month of waiting, something finally has to give.
The upcoming draft is a crucial date. If the Packers want to receive 2023 draft picks in the deal, an agreement must be made very soon.
However, if the two sides don't have a trade sorted by Friday, the Packers no longer need to rush, as the compensation would then shift to 2024 and 2025 picks.
A draft-week trade seems to be the most likely solution, according to one NFL insider.
Packers Rumors: Are we heading toward draft-week Aaron Rodgers trade?
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport provided a significant update on the trade negotiations.
According to Rapoport, the Packers and Jets have "re-engaged on trade talks". With the draft only days away, it's hardly surprising. A deal needs to be in place by the second round, at the latest, for it to include 2023 picks.
Rapoport did note that no deal is imminent, but the hope is a trade can be agreed on this week.
It's surprising to hear this follows a "dormant couple weeks". Did the Packers and Jets forget the draft was near? It likely comes down to the "leverage" word we've heard far too often this offseason.
Sometime soon, the Packers and Jets need to make a compromise. Meet somewhere in the middle to get a deal over the line.
Rapoport's update is a significant one, and shows an Aaron Rodgers trade could be on the way this week.