Woody Johnson, the Owner of the New York Jets, has been vocal about his desire to pursue QB Aaron Rodgers. The New York Jets’ 2022 season started off strong, going 7-4 over the first 11 weeks. However, after a subpar finish to the season, they rounded out 2022 with a 7-10 record. Woody Johnson feels like the Jets are one QB away from being a contending team in the NFL. He was asked about the 2023 Jets’ roster situation during the 2023 NFL honors, and if he still wanted to pursue QB Aaron Rodgers this off-season.
Woody Johnson Responds To Aaron Rodgers Questions During NFL Honors:
Speaking with ESPN’s Dianna Russini on the red carpet ahead of the NFL Honors ceremony Thursday, Johnson spoke candidly about New York’s struggles at quarterback during the 2022 season and how the front office is surveying the landscape for a possible upgrade this spring:
“The weakness right now is in the quarterback position,” Johnson said. “Whether it was management or whatever, everybody kind of regressed a little bit so what we’re gonna do is we are gonna look for an experienced quarterback to come in and help us and help develop these other young players.”
“I think you want the best quarterback you can get to lead the Jets,” Johnson answered. “I think with a good quarterback and our great defense… and a good running game. Our special teams is really good. I think it’s plug-and-play, when a quarterback comes in it’s kind of an ideal situation.”
When Russini followed up about the price for Rodgers, Johnson shut down any specific conversation about the Packers star, citing that he wasn’t able to talk about a player who is under contract with another club. Full video below:
Jets owner Woody Johnson on their search for a veteran QB and if Aaron Rodgers is possibly on their radar: pic.twitter.com/FRnAOInWBx
— Dianna Russini (@DMRussini) February 10, 2023
Will Hackett’s ties to Rodgers Bring him to the Robert Saleh-led Jets?
Because of Hackett’s ties to Rodgers during his time with the Packers, many fans and sports pundits are tying Rodgers’ name to the report. Robert Saleh commented on Hackett’s previous connections in his press conference. According to Brian Costello with the New York Post, Robert Saleh downplayed the rumor that a prior connection to a veteran quarterback like Rodgers was a factor in the Jets’ decision to hire Hackett. Few believe, however, that is truly the case. Jets Owner Woody Johnson has stated in the past he would give up “Multiple Firsts” or Aaron Rodgers
Per Dov Kleiman:The Packers will want at least two 1st round picks in a trade for QB Aaron Rodgers, Peter King shares in his column. King adds that Jets owner Woody Johnson would happily pay that price. The question remains if Rodgers even wants to play for NY.
So in other words Aarons either retiring or coming back to Green Bay which would probably explain why he's trying to find his own mental clarity before coming back again.
— Niko (@Kneekoa) February 10, 2023
This guy really wants zach wilson to “develop” 🙄
— JETSFLIGHTLINE ✈️ (@jetsflightline) February 10, 2023
Interesting enough he said free agent QB pic.twitter.com/VirAukrXZe
— hoodie_kev (@hoodie_kev86) February 10, 2023
Not a big Woody fan at all, but his comments & care (tampering) was spot on.
— Andrew Namdam (@Andrewnamdam) February 10, 2023
Jimmy G is gonna be jets next QB
— Colin Spriggs (@Spriggsy_TMC) February 10, 2023
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