Aaron Rodgers wants to be a New York Jet, and the Jets want him to be a Jet. This will get done. But the holdup is trade compensation, specifically that Green Bay wants a first-round pick for the four-time MVP. New York believes that's too rich.
However, there is a solution: good old conditional picks. Let Rodgers' play do the talking and ultimately determine what the Packers receive after the season. That would appear to be the only way both teams won't feel slighted. Remember, we're now less than one month away from OTAs. That's normally a yawn for veteran players, but not if you're welcoming Rodgers into your building for the first time.
When Rodgers finally becomes a Jet, he'll see a familiar face: Allen Lazard. Lazard had substantial interest from several teams after a career-best campaign with 60 catches, 788 yards, and six touchdowns in 15 games in Green Bay.
The Broncos, according to sources, made a strong push for his services as well, specifically valuing Lazard's toughness and route-running. Lazard ultimately signed with Gang Green for four years and $44 million, with $22 million guaranteed. An excellent deal, especially when we consider the bearish receiver market. But it just goes to show you how fluid free agency is.