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It has been weeks since Aaron Rodgers announced that he intended to leave the Green Bay Packers and play for the New York Jets next season. It seemed as if all three sides were ready to get a deal done, however, he still remains on the Packers’ roster.
Many have wondered what is holding up this deal as both teams are unable to fully plan out their roster until the trade is finalized. There are two major hold-ups that are keeping the deal from going through.
The first part of the deal that is causing negotiations to stall is the asking price of the Green Bay Packers. Currently, it is being reported that the Packers are still looking to get a first-round pick along with other draft compensation for the veteran quarterback. They feel as if the Jets have no other choice but to meet their asking price. Without the deal going through, they will once again be stuck with Zach Wilson as their starting quarterback which will leave them with a very slim chance of making the playoffs.
On the flip side, the Jets feel as if Rodgers has already made it clear he will not play anywhere else besides New York next season. As a result of this, they feel comfortable keeping their package around a second and fourth-round pick. They do not want to overcommit to a quarterback that has a chance of retiring after the season.
The second thing that is holding up the deal is restructuring Rodgers’ contract. With the Packers likely going into a rebuilding phase while the Jets will want to be instant contenders, it is expected that Green Bay will take on some of the contract so the Jets can squeeze into the salary cap requirements. However, the Jets will be trying to get the Packers to take on as much of the contract as possible, and in turn, Green Bay will want draft compensation to do this.
While the deal appears to be at a stalemate, it is likely that both sides will be able to work something out either right before the draft, on draft night, or shortly after the draft concludes.
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