Aaron Rodgers watch continues with the New York Jets the clear frontrunner for the four-time MVP.
It’s become fairly obvious that Rodgers won’t be returning to Green Bay and the Packers are looking for a landing spot for the quarterback. However, as the quarterback carousel spins, both Rodgers and the Jets are seeing their options dwindle.
The Jets seem to be making moves to prepare for a Rodgers trade and hopes are high in New York – perhaps a bit too high.
NFL insiders Jason La Canfora and Brian Baldinger of the Audacy Original Podcast “In The Huddle” discussed the Rodgers - Jets saga that is feeling more and more like an arranged marriage.
“Jets fans seem to be over the moon about this and I’m just trying to temper people’s expectations because this does not give me warm and fuzzy vibes,” La Canfora said (5:13 in player above). “This feels like an arranged marriage for one year so he can get what’s left guaranteed on the contract, so they can sell some jerseys and sell some hope – false hope – and nine months from now we’re talking about who’s the next quarterback of the Jets!”
Rodgers was one of the best quarterbacks in the league at his peak and won the MVP award in both 2020 and 2021. He’s shown that he can perform at a high level as he ages, but he is guaranteed nearly $60 million if he plays in 2023.
“From the beginning, I said it wasn’t a good fit because of the arranged marriage, which it looks like right now if it happens, the short term that they’re going to get Aaron Rodgers for doesn’t help Garrett Wilson going forward,” Baldinger said. “They’ll still need a quarterback.”
Wilson, the 10th overall pick in last year’s draft, won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award and has a bright future in New York alongside running back Breece Hall. A one-year stopgap with Rodgers doesn’t necessarily help them grow in the long-term.
The Jets are still in the quarterback market, Baldinger said, but it gets interesting with Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo reportedly off the board. If Rodgers doesn’t end up with the Jets, New York could be stuck with Zach Wilson and a low-level free agent or a rookie they select in the draft.
We’ll see what ends up happening with Rodgers and the Jets. It’s only a matter of time.