Will Aaron Rodgers be the next New York Jets QB?
NFL pundits rated the New York Jets an average quarterback after making the playoffs this season. I am okay. General manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh have vastly improved an abysmal roster, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Rookie stars wide receiver Garrett Wilson and running back Breece Hall are attractive weapons on the offensive side. Is that enough to lure a future Hall of Fame quarterback to Gang Green? Maybe someone is looking to cash in one more time?
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported Sunday that the Jets should “scour the dirt” for a new quarterback in Zach Wilson. Would the Jets front office be interested in bringing Aaron Rodgers to New York? Well, the Jets are historically famous for repeating mistakes, so that checks out. Woody Johnson wanted Brett Farve in 2008. The Jets traded a conditional 4th round draft pick for the aging star. Farve led Gang Green to a 9-7 record and head coach Eric Mangini was promptly fired. It was a mess.
So, let’s explore the possibility of a trade between the Packers and the Jets. First, would the Green Bay trade Aaron Rodgers and the guaranteed $100 million owed to him if he plays? The answer is a simple YES. With QB Jordan Love waiting in the wings at a much cheaper price, the Packers would like to spend the money to lure more talent around the young quarterback and improve the defense.
Next, would Aaron Rodgers want to go to the New York Jets? According to Jenna Lemoncelli of nypost.com said Rodgers broached the subject on his weekly Pat McAfee Show segment that he is “open to any honest and direct conversations” with the Packers about his future. The quarterback expanded on his thoughts, “…number one, if I want to play. Second, it has to be mutual on both sides. What does a team look like with me? What is the proposed direction of the players they want to bring in and where do I stand and the outlook for the future? You want to be on a team that’s going to win a championship.” Well, that could eliminate the Jets outright, but we’ll still play for fun.
Finally, let’s talk about the Jets side of the equation. First, does Joe Douglas have enough salary cap space for Rodgers? The Jets are right against the projected salary cap of $228 million for 2023. They have money they can cut to accommodate Rodgers, but it will hurt depth on both sides of the ball Douglas has done a great job by building this year.
Second, do the Jets have enough trade capital to get Rodgers from the Packers? Yeah but… Green Bay should want multiple first-round picks for Rodgers. The Jets don’t have multiple first-round picks this year, but do own the 13th overall pick in 2023 and still own all of their future first-round picks.
At last, should the Jets make this move? NO. Rodgers faded in nearly every statistical category in 2022. His interest in football seemed to take a turn, along with admitted psychedelic drug use in the offseason. The performance of the future Hall of Famer seems to be declining. Even if he still has more gas in the tank, his salary would cost the Jets to drop in the talent set on the roster. Finally, if the trade blows up and Rodgers is a dud, the Jets are without two first draft picks and will continue to be mired in a playoff drought for years to come. That said, billionaire Jets owner Woody Johnson loves being surrounded by stars. Therefore, whatever the implications, Aaron Rodgers will be the New York Jets quarterback in 2023.
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