Joe Banner doesn’t perceive the talk about whether or not the Packers or Jets have extra leverage within the Aaron Rodgers commerce discussions.
“For me, the Jets can wait with none danger or consequence,” mentioned Banner, who helped construct the Eagles right into a powerhouse because the staff president from 1995-2012. “The Packers, by ready, danger that, for some cause, the Jets wouldn’t have an interest, after which they’ve nobody [to trade with], which actually ruins their staff for 2, in all probability three years.”
“Believing the Jets will do one thing that can replicate impatience is just not leverage. That’s simply hoping they’re silly. Leverage is placing the Packers ready the place they might lose the one staff, which creates a whole catastrophe for them.”
The standoff over Rodgers might take some time, however Banner mentioned the Jets can wait.
The staff’s offseason program won’t start till April 17, and since Rodgers is aware of Nathaniel Hackett’s offense from Inexperienced Bay, he wouldn’t even should be there for OTAs.
Although it’s clear the Jets don’t have any good options at quarterback, Banner believes the Packers are in a more durable spot as a result of there is no such thing as a manner they’ll take again Rodgers now.
The Packers have made it clear they’re prepared to show issues over to Jordan Love, and Rodgers’ $60 million wage and the salary-cap prices that go together with it might wreck the staff.
Because of this Banner mentioned he wouldn’t supply a first-round decide.
He mentioned he wouldn’t even hand over a second-round decide, however suspects the Jets finally will.
“If I’m the Jets, I’m getting him for as little as I can, and I’m completely not placing a one in danger, it doesn’t matter what,” Banner mentioned. “Why put a one on the desk when all you’re gaining is getting him slightly bit sooner perhaps? The Packers should cave sooner or later.”
Banner mentioned the Jets might put a scare into the Packers by bringing in one other high-profile quarterback for a go to.
“If I had been the Jets, I’d deliver Lamar Jackson in for a go to even when I wasn’t ,” Banner mentioned. “Then, the Packers are saying, ‘Holy [bleep], they’ve another and we don’t. We higher shut the deal.’ ”
The Jets are in a powerful place as a result of no different staff has proven any actual curiosity in buying and selling for Rodgers.
“The Jets need to the deal for excellent causes,” Banner mentioned. “The Packers completely should do a deal, and so they solely have one potential associate as we sit right here, and it’s onerous to think about a second one creating itself. The Jets should be robust sufficient to belief that information.”
Rodgers put some strain on the Packers to make a take care of his look on “The Pat McAfee Present” final week and his declaration that he intends to play for the Jets.
Banner mentioned Rodgers might push issues additional nonetheless.
“If Rodgers walked into the Inexperienced Bay entrance workplace and mentioned: If you happen to don’t commerce me to the Jets proper now for an inexpensive worth, I’m not cooperating with another commerce, now, the one selection the Packers have is discover a option to get the deal performed with the Jets or deliver Rodgers again, which they’ll’t do,” Banner mentioned.
Banner believes how the Jets deal with this can be a take a look at of the place they’re as a corporation.
“That is the true signal of whether or not the Jets have modified underneath [Joe] Douglas and gotten sensible and have the power to do what the actually sensible groups within the league do,” Banner mentioned. “Or are they going to be like they’ve been for some time and never make the neatest choice and never having nice success within the area? To me, this can be a second the place we’ll see.”