- Aaron Rodgers has announced his intention to play for the Jets in 2023.
- Ironically, Rodgers’ announcement may give leverage to the Packers.
- Rodgers’ legacy without a second Super Bowl will be complicated.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been in Green Bay since 2005. In that time, he has dominated the NFC North and the overall football odds market.
Now, though, it seems the longest active quarterback-franchise relationship in the NFL may finally be coming to an end.
Did Aaron Rodgers Get Traded?
No, Aaron Rodgers has not yet been officially traded.
Aaron Rodgers Jets Trade
Rodgers is hoping that changes soon, though. He stated on Pat McAfee’s show in March that he wants to play for the Jets in 2023, and Rodgers certainly made things uncomfortable enough in Green Bay to force a trade.
However, Rodgers (and, by extension, the Jets) are actually at a bit of a disadvantage now. By publicly stating he wants to play for the Jets next year, Rodgers actually is creating a tremendous amount of leverage for the Packers in trade negotiations.
That leverage may ultimately increase the price the Jets need to pay to acquire the MVP. It could also increase the time it takes to successfully negotiate a trade.
On the other hand, a Rodgers trade that takes place after the NFL Draft is likely to have less market competition, which could be favorable for the Jets.
Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl Appearances
Aaron Rodgers has just one Super Bowl appearance. The Packers played in Super Bowl XLV against the Steelers on February 6, 2011, winning 31-26. They never trailed in the game.
Does Aaron Rodgers Have a Super Bowl Ring?
Yes, Aaron Rodgers helped the Packers win Super Bowl XLV. After the game, Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP. He finished the game with 304 passing yards, three touchdowns, and no picks.
Aaron Rodgers: Super Bowl Wins Remain Elusive
February 2011 remains a long time ago for the aging quarterback, who will turn 40 during the 2023 season.
Since Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP 12 years ago, the Packers have made the playoffs nine times and averaged 10.5 wins per season. Rodgers himself has won multiple MVP awards.
Still, the Packers have not been able to return to the Super Bowl. They are 0-4 in the NFC championship game during that time, most recently losing to the Buccaneers at the end of the 2020 season.
Like Peyton Manning before him, Rodgers is mostly hunting for a second Super Bowl win in this late stage of his career to solidify his legacy as an all-time great NFL quarterback. A Wild Card Weekend appearance with the Jets doesn’t do anything for him.
I try not to say stuff like this, but it’s true in this case: For Rodgers and the Jets, it’ll be Super Bowl or bust.
(Oh, and by the way, I wrote recently about the Jets’ climbing Super Bowl odds.)
Green Bay Packers Super Bowl Wins
Green Bay isn’t called Titletown without reason. The Packers have won four Super Bowls, including back-to-back wins in Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II in the mid-1960s.
The Packers won more modern-era Super Bowls in 1996 and 2010.
Before the AFL/NFL merger that ushered in the Super Bowl era, Green Bay also won nine NFL championships between 1922 and 1965.
Rodgers could be leaving a successful franchise and heading to the franchise that currently has the longest playoff drought in professional sports.
Brett Favre? Aaron Rodgers News Rings Familiar to NFL Fans
NFL fans living through this current Aaron Rodgers news cycle might think it sound familiar.
After the 2007 NFL season, Brett Favre finally ended years of retirement speculation by announcing that he was stepping away from his professional career. Hurray! All’s well that ends well.
After the Packers told Favre to enjoy his retirement, he lasted all of five months. Then, in June, he began asking the Packers coaching staff if he could come back and play another season. When they told him it was basically impossible, he asked for his release and began flirting with the Jets.
By August, Favre headed to New York, where an 8-3 start to the year was utterly ruined by a late-season collapse.
The Jets missed the playoffs. Favre retired again… then promptly unretired again, to play two seasons for the Vikings.
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