Given the caliber of player Aaron Rodgers is, he could end up being a bargain on the trade market.
Things are trending in the direction of Rodgers landing with the Jets. New York’s brass traveled to California this week to meet with Rodgers, and seeing as he decided last year to return to the Packers just before free agency, a decision could be imminent.
Rodgers is under contract with the Packers for next season, so he would have to end up in New York by way of a trade. Former NFL GM Mike Lombardi outlined on the “Pat McAfee Show” what the Packers are looking for.
"The Packers are looking for a one, and they want something else if he plays longer," Lombardi said. "Now, I think what that means is we want your one, but if he plays two years, we want a three or we want a two. We want a conditional pick to go along with what we have. Now, maybe they’ll take a two and a conditional pick for something else, I don’t know."
Frankly, that might be is as good as the Packers can do. They don’t have much leverage since Rodgers returning without a restructured deal would be a salary cap nightmare for them. And since the quarterback is pretty much calling the shots here, the Packers’ hands are somewhat tied.
That’s not to say they won’t get something of value, like a first round pick, but it might not be like the haul the Seahawks got for Russell Wilson.
For what it’s worth, Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner was teasing “package deals” being part of the trade should it go through.