“The holdup had been Pat that the Packers were adamant on getting the No. 13 overall pick in this year’s draft. I think they backed away from that. The key this week was when Brian Gutekunst, the GM of the Packers, said we aren’t necessarily going to get a first-round pick. That to me was a major concession, acknowledging that they’re no longer demanding the No. 13 overall pick in 2023.”
Key Points in the Jets-Packers Aaron Rodgers Trade Discussions
Florio stated in a column posted late on Wednesday March 29 that, “it’s just a matter of time before the Jets finalize a trade for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.”
“There have been some productive conversations. Obviously, we are not where we need to be yet but we feel like we’re in a good place.”
Gutekunst admitting publically for the first time that receiving a first-rounder in exchange for Rodgers isn’t “necessary” felt like a major step in the right direction to get this deal done.
Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic shared an extremely positive update in a column posted on Wednesday, March 29.
“I’ve gotten a sense that the teams aren’t as far apart as many seem to think. Maybe they will take it right up until the draft, but I think the trade will get done much sooner — possibly even by the end of this week.”
Aaron Rodgers, Jets Jersey Number Drama
When Rodgers is eventually traded to the New York Jets one of the big questions will be what jersey number will he wear?
Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath made that jersey number famous in New York but during the offseason recruiting pitch he offered it up for Rodgers to wear if he wanted it.
Mike Florio recently challenged Rodgers to take the “high road” and urged him to not accept Namath’s offer.
“Frankly, it’s for the current player to take the high road. Some (like Joe Montana when he went to Kansas City and didn’t try to wear Len Dawson’s No. 16) have done it. Others have not. Rodgers should do the magnanimous thing and decline to wear Namath’s number. Rodgers wore No. 8 at Cal, and No. 8 is currently available in New York.”
When Rodgers was asked about the possibility of wearing it in New York and the fact that Namath offered it, he deflected the question.
Rodgers stated that there will be a time and place to have those kinds of discussions.
Florio instead suggested that Rodgers should wear his old jersey number from his days at California, No. 8.
That jersey number recently became available for the Jets when they traded wide receiver Elijah Moore to the Cleveland Browns.