A former Packers executive believes the Jets will succumb to Green Bay in a final business deal with Aaron Rodgers.
Andrew Brandt has served as Vice President of Player Finance and General Counsel in the Packers’ front office and also as a player agent.
Writing for Sports IllustratedAl-Hazm, he argued, have more leverage than the Jets in what appears to be an ongoing confrontation.
“I haven’t heard any realistic arguments about aircraft leverage,” Brandt wrote.
“I’ve heard theories that Rodgers could show up at casual player workouts or even training camp. (Please.) Or that Rodgers could retire and Green Bay wouldn’t get anything. (The Packers would love to retire after only playing for them , while also relieving them of the $60 million that would be due).
“Or he’ll sit on the roster all season until the Packers have to pay him. (Okay, again.)”
It’s not clear what the difference between the Packers and Jets is in terms of commercial compensation for Rodgers, who has said his intention is to play in New York this season.
The essentials hold an option in Rodgers’ 39-year-old’s contract where they don’t have to train until September, and the midfielder actually costs them more for the cap if he’s not in the squad compared to the roster.
However, Brandt did point to a factor in Gang Green’s favor.
“Having said all this, the only thing the Jets are after is that they are Rodgers’ sole suitor,” he wrote.
“But even then, the Packers had no compelling need to move him. Nobody. The planes wouldn’t get away, despite what anyone might think.”
Brandt didn’t have an estimate of how long all this would take, but he feels the planes will eventually raise their price.
He continued, “I’m not saying this is going to last a month, or that the Packers are going to pull out multiple first-round picks.”
“But the Packers clearly aren’t taking what the Jets have to offer now, and the leverage power of Green Bay means they’ll get more than that from New York at some point.”
Brandt’s opinion differs from former NFL general manager Joe Banner, who said the Jets have leverage.
Appearing on “The Pat McAfee Show” on MondayNFL insider Ian Rapoport cited the NFL Draft in late April as a concrete deadline.
“There is a real possibility that the Aaron Rodgers trade will last until the draft date because that is the only deadline,” Rapoport said.
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