The four-time NFL MVP and 2011 Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was traded to the New York Jets.
Along with Rodgers, the Jets received the Packers No. 15 and No. 170 picks in Thursday’s draft, while the Packers received the Jets No. 13, No. 42 and No. 207 for the 2023 draft with a 2024 second-round conditional pick that becomes a first if Rodgers returns in 2024.
Rodgers is expected to wear No. 8, his college jersey number, even after Jets Hall-of-Fame quarterback Joe Namath offered his No. 12 to their new quarterback.
In his time in Green Bay, Rodgers threw for 59,055 passing yards and 475 passing touchdowns and will look to add to those totals in his new home in New York.
History repeated itself as 15 years ago, former Packers quarterback Brett Favre was traded to the Jets, and Rodgers took over as the Packers quarterback. Now Jordan Love will be the 2023 Packers starting quarterback, as Rodgers will lead the Jets’ offense.
Around Rodgers is surrounded by second-year running back Breece Hall and offensive rookie of the year Garrett Wilson. On the defensive side, the Jets have one of the most talented units led by defensive rookie of the year Sauce Gardner and lineman Quinnen Williams.
The Jets immediately become Super Bowl contenders by acquiring their new quarterback after dealing with several quarterback issues in 2022. With the addition of Rodgers, the Jets will likely sign other veterans to build around a win-now team to go all-in for the 2023 season. Meanwhile, the Packers will begin the Love era with Aaron Rodgers traded and build around their 2020 first-round pick to contend in the future.
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