Aaron Rodgers to the Jets: What mooted franchise-altering trade could look like for Packers QB

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Aaron Rodgers to the Jets incoming?

Will Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers be a part of the New York Jets?

A report this morning from ESPN reporter Dianna Russini suggested that the Jets feel like they are on the brink of landing Rodgers.

In the wake of an extensive in-person meeting between Aaron Rodgers & New York Jets brass, including owner Woody Johnson, there's optimism in the Jets’ organization that they are on the brink of landing the future Hall of Fame QB, sources close to the situation tell ESPN.

Rodgers has been linked with the Jets all offseason.

They are the only team thus far that the Packers have permitted Rodgers to talk to.

Aaron Rodgers has received permission to speak with the #Jets, source confirms. Some due diligence.…

Shortly after they were given permission, the Jets packed their bags and took a flight to meet with Rodgers in person. Owner Woody Johnson, General Manager Joe Douglas, head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett were all present during the meeting with Rodgers.

The New York Jets have flown on Woody Johnson’s private plane to California to meet with Aaron Rodgers in person per sources. They land soon. (also reported by @RobDemovsky @DanGrazianoESPN) The Green Bay Packers have given New York permission to speak with Rodgers.

Nothing is imminent yet, and Aaron Rodgers loves taking his time with such decisions, but there's a growing sense that he will be a Jet.

Why the Jets are exploring an Aaron Rodgers trade

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Green Bay Packers v Philadelphia Eagles

The New York Jets are exploring an Aaron Rodgers trade for a few reasons.

One, they are still looking for a legit franchise quarterback since Joe Namath. They've had guys like Chad Pennington, Mark Sanchez, Brett Favre, Sam Darnold and Zach Wilson as quarterbacks the past 20 years and none of them were ever franchise quarterbacks.

Aaron Rodgers, at age 39 is still a franchise quarterback. He's won two MVPs in the past three seasons, has a Super Bowl victory and has always been one of the top 5, top 10 quarterbacks in the league. The Jets finished last season 7-10 and could easily be contenders with Rodgers leading them on offense.


Zach Wilson had a horrendous two years to start off his NFL career. He's 8-14 as a starter, has a passer rating of 70.9, threw 15 touchdowns and 18 interceptions, and hasn't been what the Jets had hoped he'd be.

What a potential Aaron Rodgers trade could look like

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New York Jets v Green Bay Packers

It's been reported that the Packers reportedly want at least two first-round picks in return for Rodgers.

SI journalist Peter King reported that he believes Woody Johnson would happily spend two first-round picks on Rodgers.

Peter King believes Woody Johnson would 'happily' spend two first-round picks on Aaron…

Here's what a possible trade scenario would look like to acquire Rodgers:

New York Jets get: Rodgers

Green Bay Packers get: Jets' 2023 first-round pick, 2024 first-round pick, 2024 fourth-round pick

The Jets won't have to give up too much to secure Rodgers as he's at the tail end of his career and could retire after this season.

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