Heading into the NFL offseason, the New York Jets are going to be one of the most interesting teams to watch. They were a couple of pieces away from getting into the playoffs and one of those pieces happens to be at the quarterback position. Now, rumors have been swirling and connecting the Jets as possible destinations for either Lamar Jackson or Aaron Rodgers.
Just a week ago, the Jets were connected in a ton of rumors to Jackson. Those rumors have cooled off a bit this week. Why? Quite simply, because Rodgers appears to be available and the Jets view him as “more attainable” than Jackson right now.
One of the big reasons, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, is the fact that the Ravens likely would not want trade Jackson within the AFC if they can avoid doing so.
“I don’t think Baltimore wants to deal him in the conference.”
Taking A Closer Look At Aaron Rodgers And The Jets
No one could blame the Ravens for not wanting to trade him within their conference. In fact, many believe that the Packers feel the same way about trading Rodgers within the NFC. Green Bay moving Rodgers to the Jets would be a smart move to keep him away from coming back to haunt them in the future.
Joe Namath has also come out and stated that he would allow Rodgers to wear the #12 jersey in New York. That alone is a big vote of confidence from the former superstar that the Jets should pursue Rodgers.
With that being said, how would Rodgers fit with the Jets?
Honestly, he would make them an immediate dangerous contender in the AFC. New York likely would have made the playoffs this season if they had Rodgers leading the way. A situation with Zach Wilson and Mike White under center simply isn’t going to cut it.
New York would still have some work to do rounding out the offense, but they have some nice pieces already onboard. Garrett Wilson was electrifying in his rookie season and they also have Elijah Moore and Corey Davis. In the backfield, the Jets will have Breece Hall back next season from injury, who looked dominant as a rookie.
Add in the fact that the Jets have a solid offensive line and a solid defense and things look good for this pairing. New York would simply have to come up with the Packers’ asking price in a trade, which has been rumored to be at least two first-round picks.
Expect to continue hearing a ton of rumors about the Packers and Rodgers. A trade to the Jets seems very possible right now, but only time will tell.