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Aaron Rodgers' Former Teammate Has Blunt Admission About Trade Talks

Athlon Sports 3/31/2023 Mitchell Forde
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In the past few weeks, Aaron Rodgers has publicly stated that he plans to play for the New York Jets. Meanwhile, Rodgers' former team, the Green Bay Packers, has made it clear that it wants to move on to Jordan Love behind center.

Yet still, no deal has been finalized to send Rodgers to New York.

If the situation feels strange to you, you're not alone.

A.J. Hawk, the former Packers linebacker who played alongside Rodgers for nine seasons and now co-hosts the Pat McAfee show, said Thursday that the stalemate "feels too quiet" right now.

"I'm not hearing anything," Hawk said. "It's too quiet. It feels too quiet to me."

A few theories have been floated as to what's holding up the deal. While Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst revealed this week that the team is not demanding a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft in return for Rodgers, there's some belief that the two sides are trying to agree on conditional compensation. That would allow the Packers to get more in return if Rodgers hits certain benchmarks next season, for instance, and the Jets to be protected in the event that he doesn't return for the 2024 season.

Still, it seems strange that no agreement has been reached given that it's in the best interest of both sides to move forward and build around their new quarterbacks.

"Someone's gotta budge," Hawk said. "Either the Jets or Packers, one of them has to blink. ... It makes sense for both teams to get it done."

In the meantime, the NFL world will continue to await the official word that Rodgers will continue his NFL career in a different shade of green in 2023.

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