It took a while, but it appears as though the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers have finally agreed to the compensation for their blockbuster Aaron Rodgers trade.
Many wondered whether the Jets would include their 12th overall pick in the upcoming draft in such a deal. The answer to that question is “yes,” although there’s a catch — as the Packers will be sending the 15th overall pick the other way as part of the deal.
In total, the Packers will receive the 13th pick, 42nd pick and 207th pick from this year’s draft, as well as a second-rounder in 2024 that can turn into a first-rounder if Rodgers plays at least 65 percent of the Jets’ snaps.
As for New York, they get Rodgers, the 15th overall pick in this year’s draft, and a fifth-rounder (170th overall).
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Add it all up, and the Packers are essentially getting a second rounder this year, a likely first-rounder next year, and they move up two spots in Thursday’s first-round of the 2023 draft. It’s a pretty reasonable return for a 39-year-old quarterback with four MVPs on his resume.
Rodgers is coming off a disappointing 2022 campaign, during which he led the Packers to an 8-9 record and they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2018.
The 10-time Pro Bowler now joins a Jets team that appears to be on the rise. Despite cycling through Zach Wilson, Joe Flacco and Mike White all season long, Gang Green still finished with a 7-10 record.
With one of the league’s best defenses and a ton of young playmakers on offense, expectations will be sky-high for Robert Saleh’s club now that they have a legitimate quarterback heading into 2023.
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