Rodgers, the quarterback acquired by the Jets last month after protracted negotiations, had arrived in New Jersey the previous evening. He went barefoot to meetings with Jets officials in the morning of April 26, according to Coach Robert Saleh. Additionally, Rodgers claimed he passed a display case housing the Jets’ lone Super Bowl trophy from the 1968 campaign and saw it was “getting lonely.”
During his first official day with the Jets, Rodgers gave off the impression of being at ease and at home, giving rise to hope that one of the best quarterbacks of the modern age can bring success back to a team in the NFL’s biggest market. The Jets’ postseason drought, which dates back to 2010, is the longest in the major men’s professional sports in North America. The team and Rodgers are hoping that his presence, even as he nears the end of his career, would put a stop to that run.
“I’m an old guy, so I want to be part of a team that can win it all, and I believe that this is a place where we get that done,” said the quarterback.
After the news of the agreement leaked on April 24, the Jets and Packers formally agreed to the parameters of a trade on April 26. In return for Rodgers, the No. 15 selection, and a later-round pick in this year’s draft, the Jets delivered the No. 13 overall selection in this year’s draft, two later-round picks, and a conditional second-round pick in the 2024 NFL draft.
According to the best sportsbooks in the mobile betting market, the Jets jumped into the top 10 of Super Bowl favorites ahead of the 2023-24 season after the Rodgers trade. While playing with the Packers, Aaron Rodgers earned the Most Valuable Player Award four times, played in four NFC championship games, and won a Super Bowl.
During the previous two seasons with the Packers, among other reasons, he grew displeased with the team due to what he saw to be a lack of influence in personnel matters. When Rodgers cited bad cellphone service at his residence as the cause of his lack of communication with Green Bay officials this summer, he was alluding to his tense relationship with the Packers.
Rodgers considered retiring after the Packers ended 8-9 last season and missed the playoffs. In March, a group of Jets officials, including Saleh, club owner Woody Johnson, and general manager Joe Douglas, paid Rodgers a visit in Malibu, California. Rodgers said the talk was a factor in his decision to sign with the Jets.
Later in March, Rodgers declared his intention to join the Jets during an appearance on Pat McAfee’s show. The Packers’ general manager, Brian Gutekunst, and Joe Douglas publicly declared their desire to complete a deal in the weeks that followed, but talks dragged on for six weeks as the teams’ front offices couldn’t agree on compensation. However, Rodgers expressed his confidence that the move would go through.
Rodgers spent three seasons in Green Bay working with Nathaniel Hackett, who was appointed in January as the Jets’ offensive coordinator. He said that their close relationship was another factor in his decision to join the team.
“This isn’t a one-and-done in my mind”
Rodgers dodged a question about continuing to play after 2023 during his first news conference as a Jet by claiming he was “just going to focus on this season.”
However, a short time later, he responded differently to the same question. Rodgers spoke with beat reporters following the press conference and stated that he sees his tenure with the Jets going longer than the 2023 season.
“This isn’t a one-and-done in my mind. This is a commitment,” Rodgers said.
Although Rodgers has not yet played a snap for the Jets and there is still much to happen before there will be any certainty regarding the team’s plans for 2024, the likelihood of having Rodgers in charge of the offense for a number of seasons will probably make it less difficult for anyone with a stake in the Jets to accept the price the team paid to bring the quarterback to New Jersey.