NFL Analyst Explains Why Jets Are Ideal Trade Spot For Aaron Rodgers

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is going to take some time to decide what is next for him. Will he ride off into the sunset and into retirement, which there is plenty of speculation about following the team’s Week 18 loss to the Detroit Lions. After the game, Lions rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams asked Rodgers for his jersey and he told him that he was going to hold onto this one.

People have run with that, taking it as a hint that Rodgers could decide enough is enough, with his next step being Canton in the Hall of Fame. It could also signal that he knows if he wants to continue his career that it is time to move on from Green Bay.

Trade rumors have persisted around Aaron Rodgers for years. The extension that he signed in 2022 was supposed to be an end to them but plans always change. With Jordan Love waiting in the wings, the Packers have to make a decision this offseason about their quarterback position heading into the future.

If they do opt to trade him, one team that would make a ton of sense is the New York JetsDanny Heifetz of The Ringer suggested the Jets as a landing spot for Aaron Rodgers this offseason and a lot of good points were presented.

For starters, the teams Green Bay would likely consider making a deal with are limited. The Jets check all of the boxes from the Packers’ standpoint and Rodgers’. They are outside of the NFC and have a roster ready to compete now; all they are missing is the quarterback.

General manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh have done a magnificent job rebuilding this roster in a short period of time. They have the 2022 Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year in wide receiver Garrett Wilson and cornerback Sauce Gardner. Cornerstones litter the roster with offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker, running back Breece Hall, wide receiver Elijah Moore and star defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. 

Williams is the only player even approaching the end of his rookie contract, making this an ideal landing spot for Aaron Rodgers. The infrastructure is in place to entice a veteran of his stature but there is still space to expand the roster to shore up some weaker areas.

New York is assuredly going to add a veteran to the mix this off-season. Mike White is limited in how far he can take the team and Zach Wilson has bombed since being selected No. 2 overall, getting benched twice in 2022.

With assets to burn, the Jets have the pieces to build a competitive package for Rodgers while still having a strong enough roster to compete. This is a route the franchises have gone down before as the Jets acquired Brett Favre from the Packers in 2008, opening the door for Aaron Rodgers to start. 

Could history repeat itself with Rodgers being traded to Gang Green, opening the door for Love? It is certainly within the realm of possibility as it would be a move both franchises would benefit from.

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