Aaron Rodgers: New York Jets and Green Bay Packers reach trade deal to send four-time MVP to Jets

(CNN) The Green Bay Packers and New York Jets have agreed to trade longtime Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the Big Apple, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst told reporters on Monday. .

Gutekunst said the swap is not yet finalized with both parties working out the details, but he expects the swap to be completed soon.

The long-awaited trade would see the NFL’s four-time most valuable player sent to the Jets along with the Packers’ 15th pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, according to reports from ESPN and the NFL Network.

The Packers will receive the Jets’ 13th overall pick in this month’s draft, as well as one of the Jets’ second-round picks and their 2024 first-round pick if Rodgers plays at least 65% of the Jets’ offensive plays. Jets this season. , reported Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Rodgers, 39, spent his entire 18-season NFL career with the Packers, where he led the team to a 31-25 Super Bowl XLV victory in 2011.

The NFL Draft begins Thursday night in Kansas City, Missouri.

During a regular appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” in March, Rodgers said his intention was to continue playing in the NFL, especially for the Jets.

“(From) my side – love, appreciation and gratitude for everything Green Bay has done for me. So much love and gratitude and just an open heart for Packers fans and what it meant to be their quarterback -back,” he said in March. “And also the reality of the situation – it is what it is – the Packers would like to move on. They let me know that in so many words. … They let others know that in direct words. .

“And because I still have that fire and I want to play and I would love to play in New York, it’s just a matter of doing that at this point.”

CNN has contacted the Packers and Jets for more information.

Rodgers has won MVP awards in 2011, 2014, 2020 and 2021 while setting numerous records for his accuracy and speed over the years.

Despite all the personal success, Rodgers and the Packers failed to earn more championship rings, racking up many painful playoff losses over the years.

In recent years, Rodgers has expressed rampant dissatisfaction with events in Green Bay, from the lack of offensive weapons he’s had to work with to drafting his heir apparent, Jordan Love, in the first round of the 2020 draft. .

Rodgers had hinted retirement was an option on more than one occasion, and even visited a retreat in obscurity this offseason as he sought clarity on his future.

Although his ability to avoid rushing defenders has diminished with age, Rodgers has more than made up for it with his precision and pre-slam craftiness, as he has a knack for maneuvering defenses as he pleases.

The Packers got off to a bad start last season, but Rodgers led the team on a four-game winning streak from a 4-8 record to help set up a Week 18 game with the Detroit Lions for a place in the playoffs. Green Bay lost 20-16 to end the Packers’ season.

CNN’s Ben Morse and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.

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