Aaron Rodgers says he wants to play for the Jets.
That was the news the Gang Green nation wanted to hear from the superstar quarterback when he appeared Wednesday afternoon on “The Pat McAfee Show” with more than 480,000 tuned in on the YouTube show.
“As of Friday, I said that my intention was to play and play for the New York Jets,” said the four-time NFL MVP.
But Rodgers made it clear that he’s still under contract with the Green Bay Packers, so it’s not a done deal yet. Now the Packers and Jets have to come to an agreement that puts the 39-year-old quarterback in green and white.
Speaking from Southern California, Rodgers said it wasn’t until Friday that he realized he wanted to continue his career and not retire.
He said he told the Jets contingent — owner Woody Johnson, general manager Joe Douglas, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and head coach Robert Saleh — who flew to California last week to meet with him in person that “we don’t I am ready to make a decision. about everything.”
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But now it is. And he’s ready to leave the Packers behind.
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Rogers, who attended a blackout retreat in Oregon, said he found out when he came out that the Packers were ready to move on from him and hand the team over to Jordan Love.
“It was clear to me at that point, even though they were going to say the right thing publicly, they were ready to move on,” Rodgers said.
He said he wished Green Bay had made that clear to him at the start of the offseason.
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Rodgers called the idea of moving on from the team that selected him with the 24th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft “bittersweet.”
He said he spent time during his retirement thinking about both scenarios: retiring or returning for a 19th NFL season.
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