Russell Wilson has a lot to do with why the New York Jets have not pulled the trigger on trading for Aaron Rodgers.
Last offseason, the Seattle Seahawks traded QB Russell Wilson and a 2022 fourth-round draft pick to the Denver Broncos for a 2022 first-round pick, a 2022 second-round pick, a 2022 fifth-round pick, a 2023 first-round pick, a 2023 second-round pick, TE Noah Fant, DE Shelby Harris, and QB Drew Lock. It was a trade that had the Broncos in the Super Bowl conversation, but that was until the team actually stepped on the field and realized how washed up Wilson had become as a quarterback.
The Jets and Packers remain locked in a standoff surrounding Aaron Rodgers, but the reported trade compensation may be a bit clearer entering the weeks ahead of the NFL Draft.
The reason the Jets are now moving on this trade right now is because of what happened to the Broncos.
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According to Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson, Jets owner Woody Johnson doesn’t want a situation unfolding similar to the Russell Wilson trade to the Broncos. He also adds that Johnson was a bit put off by Rodgers’ “90-percent retired” comments, further complicating trade compensation.
The Seahawks wound up with the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft courtesy of Wilson and the Broncos’ performance in 2022.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this week that “both sides appear to be dug in,” with no communication shared in recent weeks. The Jets clearly want to protect themselves in the event that Rodgers decides to ride off into the sunset after one season of play. That would mean giving up a first-round pick without any conditions.
The Packers may look like they are in a prime position, but they will account for a $31 million cap hit, which is not good for a player who no longer wants to play for the team and likely won’t be the starter, given Green Bay’s public devotion to starting Jordan Love.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.