Aaron Rodgers Wants to Join the New York Jets: What It Means for the Gang Green

Aaron Rodgers Wants to Join the New York Jets: What It Means for the Gang Green

Joel Reyes
  • Aaron Rodgers confirmed on Wednesday that he intends to play for the New York Jets
  • Quarterback Zach Wilson will be demoted once the trade for Rodgers pushes through
  • The Jets will become a prime destination for free agents once the move is made official

Aaron Rodgers sent shockwaves across the NFL on Wednesday when he confirmed in an interview on the Pat McAfee Show that he wants to play for the New York Jets.

It is now not a matter of if but when the veteran quarterback signs with the long-suffering franchise.

With the Rodgers move looming, Sports Brief looks at what this transfer would mean for the Jets this coming 2023 NFL season.

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Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers walks off the field after losing to the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on January 8 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Image: Patrick McDermott.
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Zach Wilson era is over

It is safe to say that when the trade for Rodgers pushes through soon, the Jets will name him as the team’s new starting quarterback. That means New York's Zach Wilson experiment is over, at least for this coming season.

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Wilson had plenty of ups and downs during his rookie year, throwing for 2,334 yards and nine touchdowns with 11 interceptions. He missed about a month of the 2021 season due to a knee injury.

In his sophomore season, he looked to step up his game but a knee injury derailed him again. He tore a meniscus in his right knee, forcing him to miss the start of the regular season.

The Jets went on a roll when Wilson returned in October 2022, helping the team win four in a row. It didn’t take long for him to become a pariah as he was blamed for New York’s back-to-back defeats to AFC East rivals, New England.

Wilson was benched after those losses but found himself back in the starting lineup after a string of injuries in the quarterback room. He didn’t take advantage of the situation, losing two straight games as QB1 of the Jets.

He was demoted again after that, remaining on the bench for the remainder of the season. With Rodgers’ impending arrival, he will again serve as a backup.

Rodgers could bring free agents

Rodgers is not yet a member of the New York Jets, but he has already given the team a wish list of free agents he wants them to pursue, per ESPN. Three of those players are former Green Bay teammates: tight end, Marcedes Lewis and wide receivers, Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard.

The Jets have acted fast, agreeing to a four-year, $44 million deal with Lazard. Odell Beckham Jr. is another wide receiver that the Jets can target. Rodgers has said he would like to team up with Beckham sometime in their careers.

Jets will be championship contenders

Quarterback is the most important position in the sport, and championships are usually determined by the play of the team’s signal caller. Bringing Rodgers into the lineup will make the Jets instant Super Bowl contenders.

The 39-year-old is a four-time MVP who is only one year removed from the second of back-to-back MVP seasons. Even though his stats plummeted last year, the blame cannot be all placed on Rodgers.

The Packers’ offense struggled as the team only had one trusted wide receiver following the departure of Davante Adams. With the Jets having more offensive weapons, they hope Rodgers can rediscover his old form.

Who will the Panthers pick?

Sports Brief also reported on the Carolina Panthers’ top quarterback options ahead of the Draft.

They gave up a ton to acquire the No. 1 pick this year, making it clear they want a quarterback.

Ahead of their first round selection, Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, and Will Levis are among options.