Heavy is the head that wears the crown that is Aaron Rodgers quarterback sweepstakes. The New York Jets are getting their 90-man roster together ahead of OTA practices this month, and they could be adding one of their star quarterback’s preferred players.
Rodgers reportedly had a wish list of players he wanted the Jets to sign or trade for this offseason. Rodgers denied the report, but his head coach, Robert Saleh, made comments that didn’t dismiss the idea that Rodgers had players in mind he preferred the Jets try and sign this spring. The Jets already handed Rodgers several former Packers teammates, including wide receivers Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb, and offensive lineman Billy Turner.
The New York Jets are predicted to sign Marcedes Lewis
There is still speculation the Jets could be looking to trade for Packers left tackle David Bakhtriari or sign tight end Marcedes Lewis. Bill Barnwell with ESPN recently predicted the Jets would sign Lewis to the team this offseason:
“Rodgers has denied the idea that he handed the Jets said list, but I don’t think New York was about to give a 32-year-old slot receiver who doesn’t play special teams $3 million for 2023, especially given how deep it already is at wide receiver. Only $250,000 of Cobb’s deal is guaranteed, so the Jets could just be doing Cobb a favor by getting him one last NFL paycheck. Let’s be realistic: Cobb isn’t going to camp with the Jets if Rodgers is playing anywhere else.
Lewis, the only active player remaining from the 2006 draft, has more of a tactical role than Cobb at this point of his career. Once a pass-catching tight end for the Jaguars, the soon-to-be 39-year-old has evolved into one of the league’s better run-blockers at the position. He caught just six passes across 451 offensive snaps last year, but two of them went for touchdowns. Lewis can also block as part of the special teams unit, making him more relevant on game day.
The problem is that the Jets don’t really need a tight end.”
Can Aaron Rodgers sway Lewis’ notions on New York tax policy?
We’ll see if Lewis likes the idea of New York as much as Rodgers. Lewis reportedly is taking taxes into consideration before he signs with a team. New York is not a tax-friendly city for athletes such as Lewis. He’s been linked to the Las Vegas Raiders due to the state not having an income tax. Lewis’ asking price might be too much for a team with depth at tight end.
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