Podcast: The Aaron Rodgers trade is a tale of two franchises
The Green Bay Packers are trading Aaron Rodgers. It’s official.
One of the greatest players in franchise history — like the quarterback before him — is heading to the New York Jets. How the two sides finally reached this point tells us so much about both franchises.
Under GM Brian Gutekunst’s direction, the Packers stayed patient and received more draft capital than most expected: a flip of 13th and 15th overall picks, the 42nd overall pick and a 2024 second-rounder that becomes a first if Rodgers plays 65 percent of the snaps. (The two teams also flipped fifth- and sixth-rounders.)
Quite a haul for a player who wasn’t going to play a down for the Packers this season.
I wrote about Gutekunst taking charge this AM, icymi.
On the podcast, we explore the trade in full. Co-host Jim Monos remembers many days on the scouting trail alongside Gutekunst and Jets GM Joe Douglas. He’s been all-in on Rodgers in Green Bay throughout. What’s his take now?
Also, the Jets didn’t always need to take this route. Way back when No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson was obviously killing the Jets, they could have mapped out a much different battle plan.
Thanks for listening, everyone. As a reminder, if you’re local, head on out to Fattey Beer Company in Orchard Park, NY at 6 p.m. (EST) Wednesday night for a Draft Eve Bash.
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The Jets had to get this trade done. If it did not happen, heads would roll. Saleh might have kept his job for another mediocre season, but Douglas would have been shown the door.
This is what you have to do when you draft three QBs in the first two rounds and none of them pan out.
Great Pod guys.
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