NFL Insider reveals two QBs Jets considered before trading for Aaron Rodgers
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The New York Jets considered trading for Lamar Jackson and Matthew Stafford before switching all of their focus on Aaron Rodgers, per Connor Hughes of The New York Daily News. After missing out on the playoffs this past season, the Jets felt they could have made a deep playoff run with a proven veteran quarterback.
Because of that, the Jets entered this offseason determined to land a big-name quarterback. In mid-March, Rodgers - a former multiple NFL MVP - agreed to come to New York and the Jets got their ultimate wish fulfilled. But before the Jets completed a trade for Rodgers, they also considered Baltimore Ravens quarterback Jackson and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Stafford, respectively.
The Jets now have Rodgers, the quarterback they wanted
Rodgers is widely considered one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history and one of the greatest talents the game has ever seen. With the addition of Rodgers, the Jets feel they now have a very complete team on all fronts.
Also, the Jets' chances of winning the Super Bowl massively increased after they upgraded the quarterback position with Rodgers. Ever since Rodgers' trade was completed, the entire Jets organization has been speaking very positive of the star quarterback.
“We’re a really, really young team, especially on offense and just to watch him and [offensive coordinator] Nathaniel [Hackett] and the way they communicate together and he’s already made his presence felt with regards to meetings and input, just discussions on all of the different things we’re trying to get accomplished on offense, so he’s a tremendous human, first and foremost, Aaron is.
Just listening, there is little, subtle things I’m not going to get into, but he definitely cares about people and you can tell in the way he speaks to people, so really fortunate that he’s here," Jets head coach Robert Saleh said just a couple of days after Rodgers joined the team.