Jets fans patiently awaited Aaron Rodgers’ decision after the team met with him last week.
As Rodgers continues to keep the NFL world in the dark, even he knows there’s a “time limit.”
During an interview Saturday with former Jets wide receiver and current I Am Athlete host Brandon Marshall at a flag football charity event, Rodgers said it “won’t be long” until he decides whether to stay with the Packers, retire or request an exchange.
“It’s always interesting to meet important figures in the game,” Rodgers said of meeting with the Jets. “It’s always interesting, that’s all I give you. That’s all I’m giving you.
“Stay tuned,” it won’t be long. There is a time limit for all of this.”
Last Tuesday, Jets owner Woody Johnson, general manager Joe Douglas, coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett flew to California to meet with Rodgers in hopes of convincing the four-time MVP to ask for be traded to the team. The Packers have allowed the Jets to talk to Rodgers while he remains undecided about his future.
Rodgers recently went on a retreat in the dark, hoping to sort out his future. But he has gone on to say that he will make a decision soon. With free agency and the legal negotiating window starting Monday at 4 p.m., the Jets need an answer sooner rather than later.
( Mike Lupica: Credits Jets owner Woody Johnson for trying to attack Aaron Rodgers )
the striped express
The Daily News sports editors curate the best Yankees stories of the week from our award-winning columnists and writers. Delivered to your inbox every Wednesday.
As they search for a veteran quarterback this offseason, the Jets have already lost a potential option while waiting for Rodgers. Derek Carr officially signed a four-year, $150 million contract with the Saints this weekend, which includes $100 million in total guarantees.
Gang Green hosted Carr last month when he visited the organization to see if the two sides were a mesh. Carr also met with the Jets at the NFL Combine a few weeks ago. But when it became clear that Rodgers was the best option for him, Carr decided to sign with the Saints.
The Jets will have options if Rodgers decides to retire or return to the Packers, as they could target free agent Jimmy Garoppolo. They could also go after Lamar Jackson, since the Ravens placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on him last week. If the Jets were to sign Jackson on an offer sheet and the Ravens declined to match the offer, Baltimore would receive two first-round picks.
The Packers also need a decision on Rodgers’ future soon, as it appears they are ready to hand the franchise over to 2020 first-round pick Jordan Love. After waiting three seasons sitting behind Rodgers, Green Bay needs to see Love start as the team must decide to take his fifth-year option by May 1.
In an interview with WBAY-TV, a television station in Green Bay, Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy seemed like a trade to the Jets was the most likely option.
“It’s a situation where I think we wanted to help Aaron achieve what he wanted, as well as help the Packers,” Murphy said. “Hopefully, to create a situation where it’s a win for both sides.
“We’re lucky to have back-to-back Hall of Fame quarterbacks,” Murphy said. “It was very early in my tenure, so I remember it very well with the Brett (Favre) situation. It happens in our game, very few players play for only one team.