Aaron Rodgers Ends 18-Year Tenure at Green Bay, Traded To New York Jets In Blockbuster Deal

Photo: Instagram/Aaron Rodgers

After weeks of posturing and negotiations, Aaron Rodgers has finally been traded to the New York Jets, ending his 18-year stay with the Green Bay Packers.

The deal sees the Jets receive Rodgers, as well as Green Bay's 15th pick and a fifth-rounder in Thursday's NFL Draft.

In exchange, the Packers receive the Jets' 13th overall draft choice, plus its second and sixth-rounder, and a conditional 2024 second-round pick. The pick will become a first if Rodgers plays 65 percent of snaps this season.

Photo: Instagram/Aaron Rodgers is widely regarded as one of the best quarterback players in the history of the National Football League (NFL). He has numerous records and accomplishments to his name, including two NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards, a Super Bowl championship, and several Pro Bowl selections.

Rodgers will wear the No. 8 for Gang Green, which he wore while in college, despite receiving Joe Namath's blessing to wear his customary No. 12.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Jets could potentially play as many as six primetime games when the schedule is released next month, given the level of intrigue constantly surrounding Rodgers.

Packers GM Brian Gutekunst said during his Monday evening press conference that the deal is not completely finalized but expects it to be done before the draft.

After considering retirement and a return to the Packers, Rodgers ultimately requested a move to New York last month. He revealed the request in a bombshell interview with Pat McAfee in March.

New York's social media account posted a humorous video immediately after the reporting of Rodgers' move to Florham Park.

Similarly, Chicago bid adieu to its self-proclaimed 'owner' by posting a gif of a Bear waving. Jets players have been recruiting Rodgers for weeks, leading up to the trade, and celebrated following the announcement.

Sauce Gardner and wideout Garrett Wilson were among several Jets to celebrate on Twitter. Jets players had taken to social media in March in an obvious bid to lure Rodgers to the team.

The Jets finished with a losing 7-10 overall record at the end of last season but have one of the most promising offenses in the league and often looked a field general away from competing with teams deemed as Super Bowl contenders.

Rodgers will take the place of Zach Wilson at quarterback after two disappointing seasons led to the former BYU star being dropped to third in the depth chart in 2022.

With Wilson demoted, the quarterback duties were left to Mike White - who has since signed with the Miami Dolphins.

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Source: Daily Mail

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