Grading Packers insider’s proposed Aaron Rodgers trade package

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

A Green Bay Packers insider suggested some proposed compensation in any Aaron Rodgers trade, and it actually sounds quite fair.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio insisted on Thursday morning that the Packers want a first-round pick “and more” for their future Hall-of-Fame quarterback, but it’s tough to see that happening.

Rodgers went on the Pat McAfee Show and said he was “90 percent retired” when he went on his darkness retreat. While he intends to play with the New York Jets, the Packers are in no rush to make that happen. He gave Green Bay enough leverage to receive something of value for his services.

But, Rodgers is 39 years old. He’s coming off his worst season in quite some time. He looks old because he is. So, what should the Jets trade for him?

Any proposed trade offer for Rodgers would have to come with conditions. Those conditions are simple — how many games does Rodgers play, can he lead the Jets to the postseason, and just how effective can he be in New York’s offense?

What a Packers-Jets Aaron Rodgers trade should look like

That trade offer was proposed by Tom Silverstein of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who covers the Packers. He’s well connected to the organization, so this man knows what he’s talking about far more than I do when it comes to Rodgers trade terms.

Green Bay football fans, predictably, want more for No. 12. He’s a franchise icon and tough to part ways with. The best way for that to happen is for the Packers to throw in another players — perhaps a David Bakhtiari type — to sweeten the deal and receive an extra draft pick and/or player.

The trade as constructed above is very similar to what Green Bay received for Brett Favre, at least in terms to the conditional picks. Rodgers and Favre are not exactly alike, but at this stage of his career, Rodgers is unpredictable. It makes sense for the Jets to demand provisions on any first-round pick they deal for Rodgers.

Overall, I’d grade this proposed offer a B.

Could the Packers get more? Absolutely. Will they? The longer this drags out, the tougher it’ll be to hold the Jets hostage. Eventually, Green Bay will be forced to show their hand.

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