Aaron Rodgers, the new quarterback of the New York Jets, made his debut with the team on Wednesday, and it was clear that he was already at ease with his new surroundings. Rodgers expressed his desire to restore the glory days of Joe Namath, and promised to attend voluntary workouts with his new teammates. He also hinted that he would play more than one season with the Jets. The Jets were so impressed with his demeanor that they held a rare news conference to introduce him to the team.
Rodgers’ Confidence in the Jets
Rodgers was confident during the news conference, saying that the Jets were one of the eight to twelve teams that had a legitimate chance of winning the Super Bowl. He also admitted to fantasizing about winning a championship in a big city like New York, which would add to his legacy. Rodgers did not commit to playing beyond 2023, but he did suggest that he plans to stay with the Jets for more than one year.
The Jets gave up a significant compensation package, including a 2023 second-round pick and a 2024 conditional second rounder that will improve to a first rounder if Rodgers plays at least 65% of the offensive snaps. However, owner Woody Johnson said that he had no hesitation in making the trade.
Rodgers expressed his excitement to work with his new team, and promised to participate in most of the voluntary workouts. He said that he wants to put his stamp on the offense and the locker room, and set the proper expectations for the team. He also expressed his desire to bring a championship to the Jets, who have not made the playoffs in twelve years.
The trade became official just as the news conference started, and Rodgers’ agent was present to renegotiate his contract. Although the trade marked the end of his time with the Green Bay Packers, Rodgers did not spend much time reflecting on his departure from the team.
General manager Brian Gutekunst recently accused Rodgers of not responding to messages early in the offseason, leaving the organization in limbo. The former Packers’ legend responded by saying that he had limited cell service at his oceanfront home in Malibu, and that the Packers could have made a more concerted effort to reach him.
Gutekunst reiterated that he and other members of the organization tried multiple times to reach Rodgers during the offseason with no success. The trade will force the Packers to take a $40.3 million salary-cap hit for Rodgers this season, but they will have him off their books starting in 2024.
Despite his departure from the Packers, Rodgers is excited to start his new journey with the Jets. He is confident in his new team’s ability to win the Super Bowl, and is already working to set the proper expectations for the season.
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