Arguably the biggest move of the offseason was the New York Jets trading for Aaron Rodgers. The deal sent Aaron Rodgers, the 15th overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft, and the 170th overall pick in the 2023 draft to the Jets and in return, the Green Bay Packers received the 13th, 42nd, and 207th overall picks in the 2023 draft. Along with this, they will also receive a second-round pick in the 2024 draft, however, if Rodgers plays in more than 65% of the Jets’ snaps this season, this pick will turn into a first-rounder.
While the Jets gave up the farm to add Rodgers to their roster, it was a move that turned the team into legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Last season, they established themselves as having the most talented young core in the league. Sauce Gardner and Garett Wilson won the Defensive and offensive rookie of the year awards respectively. Along with this, rookie Breece Hall established himself as a very promising back before suffering a season-ending injury.
With Rodgers now a member of the team, the sky is the limit for the Jets. While they find themselves in one of the most competitive divisions in the league, they are more than capable of holding their own if not winning the AFC East. The Jets were a quarterback away from being an extremely tough team to beat, and with Rodgers back in a Nathaniel Hackett-coached offense, there is a chance that he could once again be playing at an MVP level.
However, it has recently been revealed that another team in the AFC East was allegedly very interested in Rodgers. According to reports, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots tried to sabotage their division rival and snatch the future Hall of Fame quarterback out from under them. However, Rodgers allegedly vetoed the deal.
It is clear heading into the season that he made the right choice. The Patriots are projected to finish last in the division this season and do not have the same caliber of talent and offensive weapons on their roster that the Jets do. With Rodgers in the golden years of his career and looking to win one last Super Bowl before he retires, he had to pass on playing under who many consider the best head coach in the history of the sport.
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