Aaron Rodgers, the longstanding Packers quarterback, has supposedly been a trade target for the Jets for some time, and it has now been verified by Rodgers himself: the veteran quarterback wants to play for New York. In an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Wednesday, the former MVP admitted that he wants out of Green Bay before the 2023 NFL season.
Rodgers stated, “From Friday I made it known that my desire was to play and is to play for the New York Jets.
According to Rodgers, he entered the offseason leaning toward retirement but decided to continue playing after realizing this during a meditation retreat. Yet, Rodgers noted that both the Packers and now he are prepared to move on.
According to Rodgers, who told McAfee, he initially informed the Packers on Friday that he plans to play for the Jets in 2023. But, a potential trade is not completed because Green Bay is “digging their heels in” to get fair value from New York. After praising the Packers’ organization and supporters, Rodgers said that teammate quarterback Jordan Love was a worthy replacement for the green and yellow. Love is now anxious for a new beginning with Gang Green, although the organization has been wanting to move on from him in some manner since 2020, when he was added as a first-round draft pick.
Brett Favre’s backup for three seasons was Aaron Rodgers, a first-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. After each of those seasons, Favre contemplated retirement before opting to stay for at least one more season. In 2008, the Packers decided they had had enough of the Favre era and would move on to Rodgers. Now, according to Rodgers, they appear to be doing the same with Rodgers himself and hoping to move on to Jordan Love, who they chose in the first round of the draft three years ago. If Rodgers gets his way, he and Favre would have even been sent to the same team and at the same time as their replacement was selected.
Rodgers has a 147-75-1 regular-season record in 15 seasons as the Packers’ starting quarterback. He has completed 65.3% of his passes, averaging 7.7 yards per attempt, and has thrown for 59,055 yards, 475 touchdowns, and just 105 interceptions. He won the Most Valuable Player award four times, was selected to the first team of the Pro Bowl ten times, was named to the second team once, and won the Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP. He leaves Green Bay as the franchise’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns and as the holder of the passer rating and interception rate single-season records for the NFL. He would reunite with former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who now holds the same position in New York, and join a Jets club that features one of the NFL’s top defenses and an exciting skill-position group.
Only a few weeks into the NFL offseason, and we’ve already seen a few experienced quarterbacks removed from the market. As the former Raider signed a rumored four-year contract with the New Orleans Saints last week, Derek Carr became the first quarterback domino to fall. Also, Geno Smith and Daniel Jones renewed their contracts with the Seahawks and the Giants, respectively.
According to reports, a group of Jets club representatives traveled to California last week to meet with Rodgers and make their case in person. According to ESPN, the aircraft also carried team owner Woody Johnson, Joe Douglas, Robert Saleh, the head coach, and Nathaniel Hackett, the offensive coordinator.
Rodgers was permitted by the Packers to talk with the Jets. As he is still bound to Green Bay, it would be tampering if they hadn’t. NFL free agency kicked off at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday after the league’s negotiation window began on Monday at noon. The Packers “are done” with their longstanding quarterback, according to a number of stories this summer, and the days of “begging Rodgers to return on his terms” are over. Brian Gutekunst, general manager of the Packers, has stated that all possibilities are on the table in public.