Jets Named Best Landing Spot for $150M QB in 2023

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The New York Jets benched Zach Wilson in the middle of his second pro season.

Gang Green ended key hand-over of the franchise to backup quarterback Mike White in the meantime because they didn’t have many other options available after the 2022 NFL trade deadline.

That decision, however, has opened up a number of opportunities for the team to consider at the quarterback spot this offseason.

CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin thinks the Green Bay Packers and superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers could be headed for a split this offseason.

With that in mind, he listed 11 NFL teams that could potentially fit via the trade, and the Jets were the second-place roster on his list:

“Already on thin ice both on the field and in the locker room, sophomore QB Zach Wilson is proving to be the weakest link in an otherwise buoyant playoff hopeful. They mount in every spot except under the middle, making a veteran upgrade extra tempting. Coach Robert Saleh is a respected voice who is a good personal fit for A-Rod from his time with the 49ers. And offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, a student of Kyle Shanahan, is the younger brother of Matt, Rodgers’ coach at Green Bay.”

Rodgers is 38 years old and will turn 39 before the end of the 2022 season. While teams shouldn’t get in the habit of swapping for players with that much tread on their tires, this is obviously a unique situation.

The Jets have proven more talented this year than anyone gave them credit for. The team’s one glaring weakness that seems to be holding them back this season is their quarterback position.

Theoretically, Rodgers could get them over the top and make them legitimate Super Bowl contenders as long as he wanted to keep playing.

The longtime Packers legend just signed a massive three-year contract extension worth more than $150 million. However, as Benjamin noted in his column, Rodgers’ cap hit for the 2023 season is only $31 million.

That number would rank the 10th highest-paid quarterback of 2023, according to Over The Cap.

Rodgers answered an interview on the Pat McAfee show that the Jets “have always been the Jets,” but after facing them in 2022 and losing, he firmly stated that these weren’t “the same old Jets.”

Rodgers has developed a newfound respect for the Jets, and what was once a pipe dream could become a reality in a blockbuster trade this offseason.

The Jets have a lot of obvious connective tissue that would help this trade work, starting with coaching relationships (Robert Saleh and Matt LaFleur are best friends and his younger brother is Gang Green’s offensive coordinator).

So what could a potential trade look like?

Rodgers is an elite player who has won back-to-back MVP awards and dazzled NFL fans with his staggering list of accolades:

NBC’s Peter King brought up a potential trade idea, with the Las Vegas Raiders sending veteran Derek Carr and a third-round draft draft in exchange for Rodgers.

Problem is, the Jets don’t have a Carr guy on the list to put in a Rodgers deal. That would likely mean they would have to use high-end draft picks instead to make up that difference.

How far is general manager Joe Douglas willing to go to maximize that window of opportunity?

Zach Wilson has little to no commercial value, so it would be appropriate for the team to keep him. Maybe he can just sit on the bench, learn from Rodgers, and after he retires, Wilson could resurface and be the future savior of the Jets.

There’s a lot to watch out for this offseason, but one thing’s for sure: Rodgers should definitely be on the Jets’ radar.

Rodgers is an elite player who has won back-to-back MVP awards and dazzled NFL fans with his staggering list of accolades:

Jets Named Best Landing Spot for $150M QB in 2023

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