The New York Jets are all smiles now after completing the trade for Aaron Rodgers, but there was a time during negotiations with the Green Bay Packers when things were not on solid ground.
According to Rob Demovsky and Rich Cimini of ESPN, Jets general manager Joe Douglas went two weeks without contacting Packers manager Brian Gutekunst after the two sides engaged in intense discussions about a deal involving the four-time NFL MVP.
“It was really weird s–t,” a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations told Demovsky and Cimini. “It should be done in three or four days when the talks started because [the final trade compensation] not too far from where it started.”
Demovsky and Cimini noted that Gutekunst broke the silence when he called Douglas on April 21, and the deal was made three days later.
Rodgers announced on March 15 in an appearance on the The Pat McAfee Show he intends to play for the Jets in 2023.
Even when the information became public, Demovsky and Cimini noted that Rodgers’ agent, David Dunn, told the Packers about his client’s wishes before the start of the NFL scouting combine on February 27.
The Jets spoke with Rodgers for the first time on March 6 after receiving permission to do so from the Packers a day earlier.
Shortly after Rodgers appeared on McAfee’s show, Demovsky and Cimini reported that the Jets and Packers remained in contact with each other in an attempt to “work through the final stages of a potential deal, which would include also on Rodgers’ contract and trade agreement. compensation.”
As time passed without a deal in place, Demovsky and Cimini noted that Jets owner Woody Johnson expressed concern about giving away the upcoming draft compensation after Rodgers told McAfee he was 90 percent committed. in retirement before going on a dark retreat in February.
The trade was completed on April 24, with the Jets and Packers exchanging first-round picks in 2023, plus second-round and sixth-round picks in 2023 and a conditional second-rounder in 2024 that would be the first if Rodgers plays. at least 65 percent of the snaps this year will go to Green Bay.
The Jets also got a 2023 fifth-round pick in the deal.
Rodgers reworked his contract to use the cap for the Jets this season as part of the trade. He agreed to push his $58.3 million option bonus back one year to bring his total compensation in 2024 to $107.55 million, per Cimini.
Although the deal took longer to complete than anyone expected after Rodgers announced his plans, the Jets finally found a solution that worked for them to get the quarterback upgrade they needed.