The New York Jets are poised to pry Aaron Rodgers away from the Green Bay Packers. In the last few moves, the NFL superstar’s trade could still burst. Jets manager Joe Douglas was therefore forced to calm his own fans.
Douglas appeared at an event hosted by the New York radio station “WFAN 660” on Friday evening and was of course asked about the current status of the Rodgers negotiations on stage, among other things. The answer came promptly.
“He’ll be here,” the general manager promised regarding the upcoming season. According to media reports, the Jets have long since reached an agreement with Rodgers. The quarterback has already publicly admitted that he wants to play for the Gang Green next season.
The price, however, is considered the final hurdle in the talks between the Jets and the Packers. Green Bay have the upper hand here as they have a successor to Rodgers up their sleeves in Jordan Love and remain competitive both with and without a trade.
The franchise is therefore probably playing for time to get even more than the rumored second-round pick for this year’s NFL draft. The Jets, in turn, are running out of time as they pin all their hopes on Rodgers after another botched season.
NFL insider categorizes Douglas statement
Joe Douglas’ words should bring relief to his own followers due to this constellation. “ESPN” reporter Rich Cimini would not overstate the general manager’s statement because he was speaking to a “pro-Jets audience”. In addition, “nothing would have changed” at the negotiating table.
However, Aaron Rodgers himself seems as confident as Douglas when it comes to his move to New York. As Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports, the quarterback trained with Jets newcomer Allen Lazard during the week.
The wide receiver was under contract with the Packers until the start of the offseason, where he was one of Rodgers’ favorite passes. Lazard has been predicting more recently that his longtime playcaller will follow him to the Jets.