Jets’ Russell Wilson fear slowed Aaron Rodgers trade

The Jets didn’t want to end up like the Broncos in their pursuit of a new star quarterback.

While negotiating with the Packers before Monday’s blockbuster trade for Aaron Rodgers, higher-ups in the Jets organization — above GM Joe Douglas — were reportedly hesitant throughout the process for fear they would give up draft capital for a veteran QB with no safety net in place for the future.

“The Jets wanted conditions to protect themselves from being this year’s version of the Broncos (who wound up surrendering this year’s fifth pick in the Russell Wilson trade), and from Rodgers playing a single year and retiring,” Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer wrote on Monday after the deal was made public.

The Broncos gave up two first-round picks to Seattle in the deal for Wilson last year, and Wilson had an abysmal season for Denver that saw first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett — now the Jets’ offensive coordinator who worked with Rodgers in Green Bay — get fired after 15 games.

Wilson, the 34-year-old nine-time Pro Bowler, threw for 3,524 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while completing a career-low 60.5 percent of his passes.

Douglas and Packers GM Brian Gutekunst reportedly had come up with multiple trade scenarios coming out of the NFL owners meetings [from March 26-28] — with Green Bay even presenting New York with a number of “acceptable” trades.

At that point, the outlet reported the Jets had concerns that prevented negotiations from moving forward — and that the Packers wanted a hard first-round pick as part of the deal.

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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson looks on before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium on Oct. 2, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Getty Images
New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 2, 2022, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On April 11, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on “NFL Live” that trade talks had stalled in recent weeks.

A separate report by Yahoo Sports said Jets owner Woody Johnson was hung up on receiving a first-round pick from the Packers, especially after Rodgers told Pat McAfee he was “90 percent” leaning toward retirement when he entered his darkness retreat in February.

Prior to the deal getting done, The Post’s Brian Costello reported the sticking point in the negotiations was the Packers’ demand that the Jets include their 2024 first-round pick in any deal.

However, the Jets did not want to exchange an unconditional 2024 first-round pick for a player who will turn 40 on Dec. 2, and who may not play for New York in 2024.

Instead, the Jets’ preference was to send Green Bay a conditional 2024 pick — a second-day pick that can become a first-round choice if certain conditions are met.

Finally, the deal was done on Monday.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers acknowledges they need one more win during a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings on Jan. 1, 2023 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Russell Wilson with the Broncos after a loss to the Ravens on Dec. 4, 2022. Getty Images

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The Jets got their veteran quarterback in Rodgers, the 15th overall pick in the 2023 draft, and a fifth-round pick (No. 170 overall).

Green Bay in return got the 13th overall pick in the 2023 draft, a second-round pick (No. 42 overall) and a sixth-round pick (No. 207 overall), and a second-round pick in 2024 that becomes a first if Rodgers plays 65 percent of the plays in 2023.

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The trade won’t be official until a reworked contract for Rodgers is finalized.

Brian Gutekunst, general manager of the Green Bay Packers, speaks to reporters during the NFL Draft Combine at the Indiana Convention Center on March 1, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Getty Images

The four-time MVP is reportedly scheduled to arrive in New Jersey Tuesday night.

Rodgers spent a week at a spiritual healing center in Costa Rica before officially becoming a Jet on Monday.

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