Aaron Rodgers has been linked to the Jets
Aaron Rodgers has been contemplating his future with the Green Bay Packers since the team’s loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 18. The Packers and Rodgers have had discussions about his future. And in the past few weeks, there has been speculation that Rodgers might be traded. The New York Jets, led by head coach Robert Saleh, have been a popular suggestion for the four-time MVP to be traded this offseason.
The Jets have a talented roster. But they have serious question marks at quarterback. According to a report by Rich Cimini of ESPN, Robert Saleh told newly named Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett that they plan to bring in a veteran quarterback this offseason.
Saleh on whether he discussed vet QBs with Hackett: Admits the QB position was "No. 1 concern," claims they didn't get into names. "It was talked about that we want to bring in a veteran QB if we can" + still work with Wilson. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) January 26, 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.
Saleh downplays the idea that past connections with QBs was involved in hiring Hackett. Sounds like Blake Bortles won't be a Jet.
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) January 26, 2023
It makes sense for Robert Saleh to play that rumor down. There’s no reason to say that the Jets hired Hackett to land Rodgers publicly. However, the rumors of Aaron Rodgers being linked to the Jets certainly won’t go away after the decision to hire Hackett. There was a bevy of names for the Jets to choose as offensive coordinator this offseason. They chose Hackett, who had a terrible offense in Denver with Russell Wilson, for a reason.