Aaron Rodgers trade tracker: Latest news, rumors on Jets, Raiders, as QB determines NFL future

Out of the darkness and into the light, Aaron Rodgers’ future is just about in sight.

For the fourth straight offseason, rumors surrounding Rodgers and his future with Green Bay are swirling. While the quarterback recently said a decision on his next move will be “soon enough” that soon enough isn’t, well, quite soon enough.

Rodgers’ indecision on his next step has opened a window for other teams to at least discuss a trade with Green Bay. First, New York: The Jets have been reported to be hot after a veteran quarterback, and after missing out on Derek Carr, Rodgers would make sense as a next option.

The Raiders, who released Carr, have their own QB void to fill, but it’s unclear if Vegas is a fit for the 39-year-old Rodgers, who would likely want a win-now option as he enters the twilight of his career.

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Here’s the latest on Rodgers, his future and the teams hoping to land him:

Aaron Rodgers trade rumors

Rasul Douglas has fun with Rodgers’ phone

Date: Monday, March 13

Source: Rasul Douglas (supposedly)

Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas is providing some much-needed levity in the ongoing Rodgers saga, saying the Packers quarterback gave him his phone when he went into “darko mode” — referring to Rodgers’ four-day darkness retreat.

Douglas later claimed to be liking tweets from his own account (@rd32_era) from Rodgers’ phone, including the aforementioned “darko mode” tweet. That led to the only social media activity on Monday, a day in which many believed the Packers quarterback would make his future in the NFL known:

As it stands now, that is the only communication Rodgers gave on Monday.

Trey Wingo says Rodgers to the Jets is done

Date: Monday, March 13

Source: Trey Wingo, Pro Football Network

Trey Wingo, formerly of ESPN, is reporting that the Jets are acquiring Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. This would be the second time — the Brett Favre trade being the other in 2008 — that the Jets and Packers have reached a deal to send a Hall of Fame quarterback to New York. Wingo famously broke the news last week that the Jets would be meeting with Rodgers in California. 

Rodgers still hasn’t made decision ahead of free agency

Date: Monday, March 13
Source: Rob Demovsky, ESPN

NFL free agency is very nearly here, but the Packers and Jets still don’t have clarity on what Aaron Rodgers is going to do, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

The Jets and Packers will still be able to negotiate with players during the NFL’s legal tampering period, but this puts the Jets in an unenviable position as they consider adding another veteran quarterback. They have been tied to Jimmy Garoppolo before, but they may not be able to sign him without knowing an answer about Rodgers’ future.

Rodgers’ decision last step in potential trade

Date: Saturday, March 11
Source: Charles Hughes (SNYTV)

Per a report from Charles Hughes of SNYTV, the Jets and Packers have done all the preliminary work involved in executing a trade of Rodgers to New York. Of course, any deal hinges on the decision Rodgers ultimately makes:

NFL world still waiting on Rodgers’ decision

Date: Friday, March 10
Source: Ian Rapoport (NFL Network)

All is quiet on the Rodgers front as of Friday, with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reporting that while the Jets had some excitement after the visit earlier in the week with the Packers’ QB, everything waits until Rodgers makes a decision about his future.

“Is he going to retire, walk away from $60 million? Is he going to tell the Packers, ‘Trade me to the Jets,’ in which case they would facilitate that or potentially go back to Green Bay, which is obviously much less likely now. So just like we’ve been the last couple weeks, we are waiting for Aaron Rodgers,” Rapoport said.

Sauce Gardner says Aaron Rodgers trade could be a package deal

Date: Thursday, March 9
Source: Sauce Gardner (via The Athletic)

Rodgers may not be the only player who would come to the Jets in a trade. Sauce Gardner told his followers on Twitch that another player (or players) could be a part of a deal.

“It’s package deals all over,” Gardner said. “I can’t tell y’all who, but just know.”

Jets optimistic they are going to land Rodgers

Date: Thursday, March 9
Source: Dianna Russini, ESPN

Rodgers may soon be trading Green and Gold for Green and White. The Jets feel “optimistic” that they are going to close on a Rodgers trade, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini. The Jets had discussed compensation and contract amendments prior to the meeting between the two parties earlier this week.

Packers may not be looking for ‘offer they can’t refuse’

Date: Wednesday, March 8
Source: Mike Garafolo, NFL Network

No bandleaders here. Connecting dots, Mike Garafolo says that the Packers will be looking for “fair compensation,” and maybe not a deal that will blow their doors off. The fact that Rodgers is allowed to speak to other teams says that the Packers seem ready to move on, and that could lead to a fair price for an acquiring squad.

New York brass leaving on a jet plane

Date: Wednesday, March 8
Source: Kimberley A. Martin, ESPN

Martin reports that the “contingent” of Jets players are on their way back from California after meeting with Rodgers this morning, and they don’t know when they’ll be back again. Martin says that meet-up was a “get-to-know-you” session, and potentially the first step in the recruitment process.

Rodgers may have leaned towards retirement

Date: Tuesday, March 7
Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

While trade rumors continue to swirl, Rodgers may have looked to a life after football recently. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, a “recent school of thought” pegged Rodgers as maybe looking towards retirement, and not playing this upcoming season. That may have changed in recent days.

Rodgers decision not imminent

Date: Tuesday, March 7
Source: Mike Garafolo, Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

News on the Aaron Rodgers front continues to pick up steam on Tuesday. The Jets are reportedly meeting with the two-time league MVP in California, but according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport, there doesn’t appear to be a decision coming soon from Rodgers. They say that the quarterback is going to take his time, as usual, and that these meetings with the Jets brass are simply part of the process rather than indicative of something imminent.

Jets brass flying out to meet with Rodgers

Date: Tuesday, March 7
Source: Dan Graziano, Dianna Russini, ESPN

The Jets are sending in the heavy hitters to, seemingly, try and close the deal with Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has been granted permission to meet with the Jets, and owner Woody Johnson, GM Joe Douglas, coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett are on their way to California to meet with the quarterback.

Jets, Packers continue talks into Tuesday

Date: Tuesday, March 7
Source: Dan Graziano, ESPN

The Jets and Packers have spoken, and they will continue to talk into Tuesday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports. Graziano says that the two sides have spoken, and the Jets and Rodgers have spoken, as well, leading to New York being a “realistic” option.

Jets, Rodgers have spoken, ‘nothing imminent’

Date: Tuesday, March 7
Source: Trey Wingo, NFL commentator, and Connor Hughes, SNY

The wheels may be in motion for a Rodgers-to-New York trade, according to Trey Wingo and confirmed by SNY’s Connor Hughes. The Jets and Rodgers had a conversation on Monday, and Rodgers is “open” to heading to New York.

Rodgers not one of Raiders options

Date: Monday, March 6
Source: Peter King, NBC Sports

As it turns out, the Raiders may not be hot after Rodgers after all. NBC Sports’ Peter King reports that “if there’s a Rodgers derby,” then don’t expect the Raiders to be a part of it. The Raiders may hone in on Jimmy Garoppolo, whose contract they may be able to control, as he’s a free agent.

Rodgers’ contract may present trade ‘roadblock’

Date: Monday, March 6
Source: Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

Apparently, teams have called up the Packers to trade for Rodgers, but his complex contract may pose a hurdle in a deal getting done. With his 2023 upfront cash being a deterrent to some teams, Green Bay hasn’t found the right trade partner for the quarterback just yet.

Rodgers one of three Raiders options

Date: Sunday, March 5
Source: Dan Graziano, ESPN

Somewhat unsurprisingly, Rodgers tops the Raiders’ wish list of starters for 2023, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. Las Vegas is also checking in with free agent Jimmy Garoppolo and, maybe, Mac Jones. The latter seems unlikely, however.


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