The Aaron Rodgers era in Green Bay seems to be coming to an end. According to multiple reports from NFL insiders, the Packers gave the New York Jets permission to talk with Rodgers in person, signaling their willingness to trade the four-time NFL MVP.
ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported on Tuesday that the Jets’ brass would meet with Rodgers in California with hopes of convincing the future Hall of Fame quarterback to come to New York.
Rodgers has been secretive about his plans for the future since the 2022 NFL season wrapped up. He previously said that all options are at the table, including staying with the Packers, going to another team, or retiring. And while the Green Bay front office has made their wish to keep him on Lambeau Field public, the recent development indicates that they might have a change of mind.
Regardless of the optics of the Jets’ meeting with Rodgers, the trade with the Packers remains a complicated affair. The 39-year-old player is due $108.8 million in the next two seasons, including $59.5 million in 2023. If traded, Green Bay would have to carry a massive $40.3 million cap hit next season.
There is also an issue of compensation. The Packers could ask for a haul for Rodgers, considering that he is still considered one of the best QBs in the league and only one year removed from being a back-to-back MVP. The Jets, on the other hand, might not be willing to mortgage their future on a player that has considered retirement for two straight offseason and could be there for one or two years.