The New York Jets suffered a devastating blow on Monday Night Football when quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered an injury. It turned out to be a very serious one, as Rodgers fully tore his left Achilles, ending his 2023 season after only four plays under center for the Jets.
That has changed the team’s outlook for this campaign, as Rodgers was expected to elevate them to contender status. Given the defense that they have assembled, it is certainly possible that they are still able to contend, but without Rodgers in the mix, there is skepticism about their outlook offensively.
For now, the Jets will be turning the starting job over to Zach Wilson. The No. 2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft has struggled mightly his first two seasons as a pro, but there is some optimism that an offseason working with Rodgers will have led to improvements.
While Wilson will be the starter for now, the Jets are widely expected to bring in another quarterback at some point. He was the only quarterback on the 53-man roster with Rodgers and Tim Boyle is the only quarterback on the team’s practice squad.
There have been a lot of discussions about who the Jets could look to bring in as a replacement. One name that has popped up is Tom Brady, who retired this offseason after spending three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Alas, that seems more like a social media pipe dream than an actual plan for the Jets. According to Dianna Russini of The Athletic, via JPAFootball on X, formerly known as Twitter, New York will not be pursuing the future Hall of Famer. Brady has also given no indication he would want to come out of retirement to play for them.
That shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise as Brady has been consistent in his desire to remain retired this offseason. It would have been quite a story if he did return to play for the Jets, the franchise that opened the door for him to play and which he terrorized for years.