The Green Bay Packers could see multiple former teammates suiting up in a different shade of green in 2023. The first domino to fall will be Aaron Rodgers and his decision about where/if he wants to play in 2023. The Green Bay Packers, specifically Mark Murphy, have stated they will honor a trade request if Aaron Rodgers asks for one. That being said, there is no official word yet from Aaron Rodgers himself on what he will want to do with his life/career in 2023. However, if he does decide to request a trade to the New York Jets, a former Green Bay Packers leading wide receiver could follow him.
Former Packers Wide Receiver Allen Lazard Could Follow Aaron Rodgers To New York
According to Sayre Bedinger:
There should be plenty of teams vying for Allen Lazard’s services. Packers fans seem to want him back if possible, Chiefs fans seem to be putting him on their short lists of wide receivers to target (to reunite him with Marquez Valdes-Scantling), and Jets fans certainly understand the connection between Lazard and their new OC Nathaniel Hackett.
Hackett, of course, was on Matt LaFleur’s staff with the Green Bay Packers from 2019-2021. He wasn’t developed completely by Hackett, but Lazard got his first real shot at playing time in 2019 when Hackett came on the staff. Why would the Jets — who have Garrett Wilson, Elijah Moore, Braxton Berrios, and Corey Davis — be looking into signing Lazard?
Well, in the coming days, we could see Davis hit free agency as a salary cap casualty. The Jets would save $10.5 million by cutting him with less than $700,000 in dead money. Lazard wouldn’t just be a one-for-one replacement on the roster, but would serve as the big slot in Hackett’s offense which he has already shown he excels in.
Wide receivers Elijah Moore and Corey Davis could have uncertain futures in Green Bay. Both have actually been linked as a potential trade chip for Aaron Rodgers if he does end up getting traded. Losing some key veteran pass catchers could all of a sudden place Allen Lazard directly in the New York Jets crosshairs. Allen Lazard spent the first five seasons of his career in Green Bay. During that time he accumulated 169 receptions, 2,238 receiving yards, and 20 touchdown receptions.
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