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False narrative about Aaron Rodgers, the Packers and the Jets gets destroyed

AtoZ Sports logo AtoZ Sports 3/27/2023 Zach Ragan
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently revealed his intentions to play for the New York Jets in 2023

There's a false narrative that's been going around about Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers, and the New York Jets that was completely destroyed this week.

Rodgers told Pat McAfee earlier this month that his intention is to play for the Jets in 2023. 

For that to happen, the Packers will need to trade Rodgers to the Jets. 

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It's been nearly two weeks since Rodgers told McAfee that he plans to play for the Jets. But no trade has happened yet. 

That's led to some folks suggesting that Green Bay is trying to "force" Rodgers to retire. 

The Packers, however, can't force Rodgers to do anything, something that Green Bay salary cap expert Ken Ingalls pointed out this week. 

Rodgers is owed $59.5 million in 2023. If he wants that money, all he has to do is show up in Green Bay if he's not traded. It might be awkward, but there's not a thing the Packers could to do stop him (except release him, which would come with a $99.7 million dead cap hit). 

Ingalls also noted that Green Bay is behaving like a team that's fixing to take on a big dead cap hit, which means they likely plan on trading Rodgers before next month's draft (the Packers will take on a $40 million dead cap hit when Rodgers is traded...the cap hit would be the same if Rodgers retired). 

Jets head coach Robert Saleh was asked about the Rodgers situation on Monday morning and he said he's sure that Green Bay and New York will eventually "figure something out". 

There's no rush to get this deal done. The Packers, in fact, can put a little pressure on the Jets to up their offer ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft. Even if it doesn't work, it would be foolish for Green Bay to not try to get all they can out of the Jets for Rodgers. 


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