Aaron Rodgers says he intends to play for Jets: Former MVP reveals his desire of trade from Packers to N.Y.
The Jets have been reportedly targeting Aaron Rodgers through a trade for a while, and it’s now confirmed by the man himself: The longtime Packers quarterback wants to play for New York. Appearing on The Pat McAfee Show Wednesday, the former MVP said he was willing to trade with Green Bay ahead of the 2023 NFL season.
“Since Friday, I’ve made it clear that I intend to play, and I intend to play for the New York Jets,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers began the offseason leaning toward retirement, he told McAfee, but realized during a meditation retreat that he wanted to keep playing. But the Packers are ready to move on, Rogers explained, and now he is.
Rodgers first told the Packers he intended to play for the Jets in 2023 on Friday, McAfee QB told. However, the potential deal is not completed because Green Bay is hitting the ground in order to receive adequate compensation from New York. Rodgers went on to praise the Packers’ fanbase and organization, seeing fellow QB member Jordan Love as a worthy successor to the Green-Yellows. But the team has, in a sense, been hoping to get away from him since 2020, when Love was added as a first-round pick, and now he’s eager to start over with Gang Green.
Selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft, Rodgers spent three seasons supporting Brett Favre, who considered retirement after each of those seasons before eventually deciding to return for at least one more year. Just as the Packers decided back in 2008 that they had had enough of the Favre era and move on to Rogers, now they are apparently doing the same with Rogers himself – according to Rogers – and looking to move on to Jordan Love. , who was selected in the first round of the draft three years ago. If Rogers got his wish, he and Favre would even be traded to the same team at exactly the same time in relation to when their successor was chosen.
In 15 seasons with the Packers, Rodgers set a 147-75-1 regular season record, throwing 65.3% of his passes for an average of 7.7 yards per attempt, throwing for 59,055 yards, 475 touchdowns, and just 105 interceptions. He won the Most Valuable Player award four times, was named First Team All-Pro four times, second player once, and pro bowler 10 times, and won the Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP. He leaves Green Bay as the franchise’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns, as well as the NFL single-season record holder for both passer rating and interceptions. He will join the Jets with one of the best defenses in the NFL and an intriguing skill group, and reunite with former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who now plays the same role in New York.
The NFL offseason is just getting started, and we’ve already seen a couple of veteran quarterbacks leave the market. Derek Carr was first domino to fall QBsince the former Rader signed a four-year contract with the New Orleans Saints last week. Jeno Smith also returned with the Seahawks, and Daniel Jones did the same with the Giants.
Last week, a group of Jets team officials reportedly flew to California to meet with Rogers and make the presentation in person. ESPN reported that team owner Woody Johnson, general manager Joe Douglas, head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett were on the plane.
The Packers granted Rogers permission to speak to the Jets. If they didn’t, it would be a hoax as he is still under contract with Green Bay. The NFL negotiation window opened Monday at noon, and the NFL free agency began at 4:00 pm ET Wednesday. There have been several reports this offseason that the Packers “made” with his longtime signalman, and that the days of “begging Rogers to come back on his terms” older. However, in public, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst stated that all options are on the table.