Longtime Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers mentioned Wednesday he intends to play for the New York Jets, following weeks of hypothesis the four-time MVP—who’s among the many world’s highest-paid athletes—would go away the Packers, although the main points of the commerce haven’t but been confirmed.
Rodgers, 39, mentioned Wednesday on the Pat McAfee Present on YouTube that his thoughts has been made up since Friday and that the query of “compensation” is what has delayed a commerce.
Rodgers, a four-time NFL MVP and ten-time Professional Bowl choice, mentioned he has contemplated retirement over the offseason, significantly throughout a multi-day “darkness retreat,” through which he was secluded in a darkish room in his home.
Rodgers instructed McAfee he “liked” his 18 years enjoying for Inexperienced Bay, however that the group is able to “transfer on.”
$68 million. That’s how a lot Rodgers made in complete earnings between Might 2021 and Might 2022, together with a number of multi-million commercial offers, making him the 14th highest-paid athlete on this planet. He was additionally the third-highest paid NFL participant over that interval, behind the now-retired Tom Brady ($83.9 million) and Matthew Stafford ($72.3 million).
The Jets had made a number of key roster strikes as hypothesis grew across the blockbuster signing, following a 12 months through which the workforce completed in final place within the AFC East and began three quarterbacks (Mike White, Zach Wilson and veteran Joe Flacco). Final week, sources instructed ESPN the Jets had created $15.2 million in wage cap area after renegotiating the contracts of three different gamers. The Jets then signed former Packers vast receiver Allen Lazard to a four-year, $44 million contract, in a transfer purported to entice Rodgers to signal. Rodgers had reportedly supplied Jets administration with a listing of free brokers to focus on within the offseason, together with Lazard, in addition to vast receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Packers free agent receiver Randall Cobb and tight finish Marcedes Lewis (Rodgers denied the report, telling McAfee it was “ridiculous” and that he doesn’t make “calls for of different individuals).
Rodgers’ announcement comes 15 years after his predecessor, longtime Packers quarterback and NFL Corridor of Famer Brett Favre, was traded to the Jets in change for a conditional draft choose. Favre, who was additionally 39 on the time of the commerce, had three years and $39 million remaining on his 10-year contract when he was traded. The Jets completed third within the AFC East that 12 months and did not make the playoffs, with a 9-7 report. Favre performed his ultimate two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, after only one 12 months in New York.