Aaron Rodgers provides Jets want record of free brokers, sources say
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — If quarterback Aaron Rodgers lands with the New York Jets in a commerce, he want to be surrounded by a few of his BFFs.
The Green Bay Packers’ star has equipped the Jets with a want record of free brokers he’d like them to pursue and purchase, and it contains Odell Beckham Jr., sources advised ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
Predictably, the record additionally has three former Packers teammates: vast receivers Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb and tight finish Marcedes Lewis.
Lazard agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract with the Jets on Tuesday, a supply advised ESPN, confirming a report by theScore.com. The two sides nonetheless are working by means of closing particulars of the contract.
The Jets have expressed curiosity within the different two Packers free brokers, sources advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It just isn’t identified whether or not they have reached out to Beckham, however they have been represented at his open exercise for NFL groups final week in Arizona. Beckham, who has recovered from main knee surgical procedure, is in search of a brand new crew.
Rodgers has by no means performed with Beckham, however they’re mates, and the quarterback has stated up to now that he’d wish to crew up with him in some unspecified time in the future.
The Jets have three returning starters at receiver: Garrett Wilson, Elijah Moore and Corey Davis. Wilson was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Davis may very well be expendable, as he is because of make a non-guaranteed $10.5 million within the closing 12 months of his contract. The Jets even have former second-round choose Denzel Mims.
New Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was the Packers’ coordinator for 3 years (2019-21), so he obtained an opportunity to educate Lazard and Lewis throughout that stretch. He had Cobb for just one 12 months in Green Bay (2021). Going method again, he was on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ employees in 2016-17 throughout Lewis’ lengthy tenure on the crew.
The Jets would possibly see Lazard as a alternative for Davis, however Rodgers’ affect appears to be driving the curiosity in Cobb, 32, and Lewis, 38. The Jets have good depth at tight finish and do not want any reinforcements, however Rodgers has spoken extremely of Lewis.
“A guy like Marcedes Lewis, he’s an important cog in the wheel of the locker room and the momentum of the team,” Rodgers stated throughout an look on “The Pat McAfee Show” in January. “That’s a guy I want to finish my career with. If I’m playing, I want that guy next to me.
“I would like the Randall Cobbs of the world — if he desires to maintain enjoying — in my locker room. Guys you may win it with. Allen Lazard, Bobby Tonyan, David Bakhtiari. There’s numerous fascinating names that we’ll see if there’s want to re-sign sure guys which might be glue guys within the locker room, shall be an fascinating dialog available.”
The Jets-Packers trade still isn’t finalized. The two teams and Rodgers remain in contact, sources said, as they try to work through the final stages of a potential deal. Rodgers said over the weekend that there would be a resolution soon.
Rodgers will appear on “The Pat McAfee Show” at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, probably with information on his enjoying future.