As the football world awaits word on the fate of longtime Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, longtime NFL insider Peter King has made it clear what he thinks Rodgers should do.
King, writing in his weekly NBC Sports column "Football Morning in America," thinks it's time for Rodgers to say farewell to Green Bay and become the next quarterback of the New York Jets.
According to King, Rodgers joining the Jets as their most established signal caller since Joe Namath would be a "cool way" to end his career.
Memo to Aaron Rodgers: Take the Jets’ gig for the next two years. Your life has been about adventure. (Weirdness too, but adventure.) Imagine going down as the best for this franchise since Joe Willie Namath off-off-Broadway. That’d be a cool way to end a great career.
While Rodgers has been mum about his plans, reports in recent days have indicated that his Packers career could be coming to an end, with either retirement or joining the Jets as the likeliest outcomes.
Meanwhile, Monday marked the start of the NFL's "legal tampering" period of free agency, meaning both the Packers and Jets would presumably like an answer on Rodgers' decision so that they could move on with their offseason business accordingly. On Monday, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote that "it's time for Aaron Rodgers to make a decision."
Last week, Jets team brass reportedly visited Rodgers at his home in California to discuss him potentially joining the team. Multiple reports have indicated that the Packers would prefer to move on from Rodgers, while the Jets would likely have to pursue a Plan B at quarterback if a potential deal for Rodgers were to fall through.
It's unclear exactly what the Jets might surrender to the Packers in a trade involving Rodgers. The four-time NFL MVP is owed nearly $109 million over the next two seasons, so it would be difficult for the Jets to cough up their most valuable draft picks in a swap.
Rodgers, an 18-year veteran, is coming off something of a down year after winning back-to-back MVP awards in 2020 and '21. The Packers slumped to 8-9 last season, and reports have indicated they would like a fresh start behind fourth-year quarterback Jordan Love, a first-round draft pick in 2020.
Rodgers, like Love, served as a backup for the first three years of his career, serving as understudy to Hall of Famer Brett Favre. Rodgers turned 40 in December.