This week, the New York Jets spoke with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers about the possibility of trading the four-time MVP to the Jets, according to sources.
Owner Woody Johnson, general manager Joe Douglas, head coach Robert Saleh, and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett were among a group of Jets team representatives that took a flight to California on Tuesday to meet with Rodgers in person, according to sources. The meeting may or may not result in a deal, though.
Nearby Rodgers’ residence in Camarillo, California, the Jets’ team touched down at 12:49 PT. The Jets’ representatives were greeted by Rodgers, according to social media posts from the airport. On Tuesday night, Johnson & Co. were supposed to take off for home.
Regarding his plans for the upcoming season, Rodgers has yet to make any declarations. He may still choose to retire or remain in Green Bay. The Jets, however, seem like a viable alternative if he still wants to play and he and the Packers agree that it’s time for him to go elsewhere.
As Rodgers is still a Packers employee, the Jets would have needed the Packers’ approval if they were to speak with him directly. Hence, the conversations Rodgers is having with the Jets suggest that the Packers are at least somewhat open to the possibility of dealing him to them.
Yet to ensure that both teams would be in compliance with the salary cap by the start of the league year next Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, there are potential snags to a transaction that may need to be handled, including Rodgers’ enormous and intricate contract.
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Rodgers has a $108.8 million deal through 2024. Although the contract, which was signed in March of last year, technically goes through 2026, 2025 and 2026 are treated as “dummy” years for cap purposes. His contract contains a fully guaranteed $59.5 million for this season, of which $58.3 million will be paid as an option bonus before the regular season begins.
Rodgers wouldn’t burden the Jets’ cap because his bonus is prorated. He would be cap-friendly for a player of his calibre, counting $15.8 million in 2023 and $32.5 million in 2024.
In 2023, the Packers would be subject to a $40.3 million “dead” charge, about $9 million more than he would have counted had he been on the roster.
Since the beginning of the offseason, when owner Woody Johnson told reporters he would be “definitely” willing to make a significant investment in a quarterback, the Jets have been concentrating on Rodgers. Zach Wilson was selected second overall in the 2021 draught, but team executives have made it obvious recently that he is not viewed as a top starting option. They intend to grow him for a supporting role.