7:35 a.m. update: The Jets met with Aaron Rodgers this week and ESPN’s Dianna Russini is reporting there is optimism inside the Jets’ organization that they are “on the brink” of acquiring the Packers quarterback. A trade would still need to be agreed to with Green Bay, but there appears to be overall progress in sorting this out.
In the wake of an extensive in-person meeting between Aaron Rodgers & New York Jets brass, including owner Woody Johnson, there's optimism in the Jets’ organization that they are on the brink of landing the future Hall of Fame QB, sources close to the situation tell ESPN.— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 9, 2023
While optimism existed before the California meeting, Woody Johnson felt it was important to meet in person, sources said. Johnson left the meeting excited and satisfied about the potential match.— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 9, 2023
As the Jets internally are working under an optimism that this will happen, the Jets and the Packers remain engaged in conversations about compensation and contract, sources said. Those conversation already started before the meeting.— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 9, 2023
And so now, we wait to see if the Jets can close a deal to bring a future Hall of Famer from Green Bay to New York.— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 9, 2023
2:15 p.m. Mar 7 update: The Jets are sending team officials out to meet with Rodgers for further conversations. If this turns into a trade, it cannot be formally executed until March 15 when the new league year starts.
Update: Sources tell @DanGrazianoESPN and me that a contingent of Jets team officials are scheduled to fly out today to meet in person with Aaron Rodgers. https://t.co/zFEoKY9rvl— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) March 7, 2023
Aaron Rodgers has not made any public decisions yet since emerging from his darkness retreat, but the longtime Green Bay Packers quarterback is reportedly in talks with the New York Jets. He has yet to make any commitments, but Pro Football Network’s Trey Wingo tweeted that Rodgers is “open to the idea” of playing in New York.
Per sources. Aaron Rodgers and the Jets had conversations today. While nothing is imminent Rodgers is open to the idea of going to NY— trey wingo (@wingoz) March 7, 2023
Rodgers’ predecessor, Brett Favre, also signed with the New York Jets after his years in Green Bay, but only stayed there for a year. Rodgers has also been linked to the Las Vegas Raiders and the Tennessee Titans in the NFL rumor mill, but nothing has been set in stone at this point.
The free agency signing period begins next week on March 15. The changes coming along with that may signal a decision for Rodgers on his next destination. The QB will turn 40 in the upcoming season, so whichever team trades for him will understand that they are not taking on a long-tern investment. He is signed through 2026 and there will be significant salary cap implications if the Packers are going to unload the occasionally disgruntled quarterback.