Jets’ Aaron Rodgers jokes about Zach Wilson ‘hasn’t made my life hell every day’ since trade, despite QB2 warning
Aaron Rodgers of the New York Jets joked that his new rival, quarterback Zach Wilson, did not follow through on his threat to make life difficult in the Big Apple for the veteran after his trade.
Last season, Wilson made headlines when he told reporters that if New York acquired a veteran QB in the offseason, he would “make this guy’s life hell in practice every day.”
When Rodgers landed in New York after the Jets acquired him from the Green Bay Packers in April, he liked a tweet from Barstool Sports reposting Wilson’s now infamous quotes.
But the youngster apparently didn’t pursue his quarterback rival as Rodgers called his new team-mate ‘incredible’.
The 39-year-old joked with reporters at his media duties on Friday, saying: “He’s been amazing.” He didn’t make my life hell every day.
The Jets’ Aaron Rodgers (left) joked Zach Wilson (right) ‘didn’t make my life hell every day’
In January, Wilson said, “I’m going to make this guy’s life hell in practice every day. I’m going to go out there and do my best to show the coaches that I deserve to be there. It’s not in a negative sense, it’s in a positive sense. It makes everyone better, hopefully.
However, Wilson appears to have adapted to the situation well after Rodgers ended his 18-year tenure in Green Bay which saw him win a Super Bowl and four MVP awards.
New York received not just Rodgers, but the Packers’ No. 15 pick and a fifth-round pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft.
In exchange, Green Bay receives the Jets’ 13th draft pick, plus its second and sixth rounds, and a conditional second-round pick in 2024, which will become a first if Rodgers plays 65% of the snaps this season.
Rodgers once liked a tweet about his new teammate Wilson’s now infamous quote
At the time, Jets general manager Joe Douglas said he planned to keep Wilson on the roster going forward.
The Jets seem to be hoping Wilson will learn under the wing of a veteran like Rodgers.
Wilson has suffered a fall from grace since being the second pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He has thrown for 15 touchdowns, 18 interceptions and is 8-14 in 22 career starts.
“I think it will be good for Zach,” Douglas said of his replacement quarterback after the Rodgers trade.
“Zach’s ceiling is unlimited. The opportunity to observe and be with a Hall of Fame QB in the first round will be a great opportunity and experience.