- The team confirmed that the 39-year-old ruptured his Achilles tendon
- He remains under contract for next season, when he could return at age 40.
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Aaron Rodgers’ first season with the New York Jets is officially over.
As confirmed by Tuesday’s MRI, the 39-year-old quarterback suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his left ankle Monday night, just four games into his career with the Jets.
Rodgers remains in contact with the Jets for next season after agreeing to a restructured, two-year, $75 million deal with the team in July. However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that there are concerns about his Hall of Fame career. it could be over.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh expressed fears of a season-ending injury following New York’s stunning overtime win over the visiting Buffalo Bills on Monday night: “It’s not good “.
Unfortunately for Jets fans, Saleh’s fears came true on Tuesday and the team will now prepare to continue the season with 24-year-old Zach Wilson at quarterback.
Aaron Rodgers’ season with the New York Jets is officially over, an MRI confirmed Monday
Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers injured while sacked by Bills defensive end Leonard Floyd
Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) is treated on the field during the first quarter
A former BYU star and second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, it was Wilson’s struggles over the past two seasons that led the Jets to acquire Rodgers in a blockbuster trade last April.
New York didn’t give up too much to get the four-time MVP from Green Bay — effectively trading first-round picks and throwing away a second-rounder from Cleveland — but the Jets made a significant financial investment in the quarterback.
After initially agreeing to a three-year deal with $110 million guaranteed, the Jets and Rodgers reworked the contract in July, which amounted to a $35 million pay cut for the former Super Bowl winner.
Rodgers maintained that he wanted to play more than one season in New York.
Zach Wilson of the New York Jets celebrates victory against the Buffalo Bills on Monday night
Wilson was far from perfect in Rodgers’ place Monday night in East Rutherford, New Jersey. He threw a late touchdown to Garrett Wilson that sent the game into overtime, although credit went to the second-year player, who threw the ball to himself while battling Bills defensive back Tre’Davious White.
Yet despite an interception, Wilson completed 14 of 21 passes for 140 yards, while keeping New York in position to pull off a major upset at MetLife Stadium and move to 1-0 on the season.
“It was crazy,” Zach Wilson later said, as quoted by the team website. “First of all, I have so much love for him (Rodgers), my heart is racing. I know he will find a way to come back. It’s hard, it hurts our team.
“But my job was to step up and be as efficient as possible. There were a lot of emotions, week 1, opening day. I tried to learn from this guy, but be ready to walk away. Stay calm and play.
New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) is helped off the field during the first quarter
Zach Wilson received a vote of confidence from New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh.
Zach Wilson also got a vote of confidence from Saleh, who opted to keep the struggling quarterback as Rodgers’ backup this season despite fans’ objections.
“I thought he was great,” Saleh said after the match. “He made some big throws on third down to extend drives and score points.
“Good control of the group, lots of pushing and shoving. He had an interception and bounced back without letting it snowball. We still have a lot of confidence in him and we proved it by keeping him here (after the Rodgers acquisition) and continuing to invest in him.
“He still has a long way to go in terms of growth, but what I like is his mental makeup and the confidence he has in himself. Today was a good example of what we think of him and how he can play. He’s going to be great.