Packers trade Aaron Rodgers to New York Jets in familiar deal

Green Bay experiences déjà vu after trading their HOF QB to the Jets … again

GABE KAIJA, Evergreen reporter

Similar to George Lucas’ “Star Wars” films, the NFL has a history of repeating itself; it’s like poetry, it rhymes.

Fifteen years ago, the Green Bay Packers traded legendary quarterback Brett Favre to the New York Jets in a move that was, at the time, thought to be unthinkable. Yet, the Packers have made such a move not just once, but twice now.

At exactly 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Packers announced that QB Aaron Rodgers has been shipped to New York in exchange for second and sixth-round picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, along with a conditional second-round pick in next year’s draft. The Jets receive Rodgers and a fifth-round pick in 2023. The pair of teams also swapped their first-round selections in 2023, so the Packers have moved up from pick No. 15 to No. 13 thanks to the deal.

The move has been long awaited by fans around the league. For years, there has been constant drama surrounding the future Hall of Fame quarterback. As someone who has become infamous for falling just short in the playoffs, Rodgers has been weighing his options of exploring a trade or throwing in the towel altogether.

Prior to the official transaction, fans around the league began to grow tired of Rodgers and his supposed “diva” behavior. Rodgers said he spent four days in early March in a darkness retreat, where he spent his time mulling over his decision.

“I’ve got a pretty cool opportunity to do a little self-reflection in some isolation and then after that, I feel like I’ll be a lot closer to a final, final decision,” Rodgers said in an interview with Pat McAfee.

After his retreat, Rodgers once again joined McAfee on the “Pat McAfee Show” to express his interest and intention to don the Gotham green and play for the Jets.

The Jets have now moved up the ranks after adding the finishing piece to their deep roster. After a successful 2022 draft class that included both offensive and defensive Rookie of the Year award winners in wide receiver Garrett Wilson and cornerback Sauce Gardner.

This also proves the Packers are all in on young QB Jordan Love, whom they traded up for in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft. This is another move that mimicked history after the organization did something similar in 2005, drafting Aaron Rodgers while Brett Favre was still their starting quarterback.

While Green Bay notoriously never drafted any high-end pass-catchers in the first round of the draft throughout Rodgers’ tenure, this year could be different. After the trade, The Packers’ betting odds to draft a wide receiver or tight end with the No. 13 overall pick have increased.

A move like this would echo the Seattle Seahawks’ decision to draft offensive tackle Charles Cross after having sent Russell Wilson to Denver

This is yet another way the poem that is the NFL rhymes, similar to that of the “Star Wars” franchise.