Tom Brady’s Painful Exit Linked to Aaron Rodgers’ Hold Up Making Jets Dread Off Season

Published 03/16/2023, 6:19 AM EDT

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For all those wondering what Aaron Rodgers will decide for his future, the answer seems to be finally here. The quarterback all but confirmed his move to the New York Jets on The Pat McAfee Show today. And Trey Wingo explains the reason for the long hold-up in the official announcement.

The former ESPN Radio host tweeted out confirmation regarding Rodgers’ move to the Jets this week before the official announcement. And Wingo stood by his tweet, saying it’s only a matter of days till his words become the truth. And in a way, he blamed Tom Brady for this delay.

What’s holding up A-Rod’s move and how is Brady involved?


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After Aaron Rodgers’ Wednesday appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, it’s become pretty clear that a return to the Green Bay Packers was never an option after A-Rod’s former franchise made their feelings clear about moving on with Jordan Love. “That’s the reality of the situation. It is what it is. The Packers would like to move on. They’ve let me know that in so many words,” Rodgers said.

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And so for the 4x league MVP, the choices have always been retirement or New York since the season ended. Wingo confirmed that the Jets-Rodgers deal has been on the table since Friday. However, fans may have to wait until next week for an official confirmation.

According to Trey, it’s not easy for any franchise to part with someone as iconic as Aaron. From preparing the appropriate farewell after 18 years to negotiating the right exchange for him. “When the timeline of the narrative is disrupted, much in the same way, as it was for Tom Brady’s pseudo retirement last year when Jeff Darlington and Schefter broke the news that Tom was walking away. And suddenly people are like oh holy h—l we gotta do some stuff. That might be part of it,” Wingo said, addressing the holdup.

Aaron Rodgers addressed the holdup as well


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The Super Bowl XLV MVP confirmed Trey’s reports in his Pat McAfee appearance. Right from around the time Woody Johnson, Robert Saleh, Joe Douglas, and Nathaniel Hackett paid a visit to California, Aaron Rodgers knew he wanted to continue playing.

Since Friday, I have made it clear that my intention was to play. And my intention was to play for the New York Jets. I haven’t been holding anything up at this point. It’s been compensation that the Packers are trying to get for me,” Aaron Rodgers told McAfee and crew.


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The Jets are also restructuring multiple contracts to accommodate Rodgers’ cap hit. And based on Wingo’s report accuracy, the NFL world can expect the Gang Green confirmation to arrive by next week.


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Soumyapriyo Ganguly


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Soumyapriyo Ganguly is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a degree in Economics and Statistics from the Indian School of Business and Finance. Rivu is a sports nerd with his favorites being Soccer, American Football, Basketball, UFC, and Formula 1.
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