New York Jets HC Robert Saleh balked at the notion that New York stooped and met every requirement on Aaron Rodgers’ wish list before exchanging it for the veteran star.
According to ESPN’s Diana Russini in mid-March, the four-time MVP presented New York with a wishlist of players, which Rodgers rejected at that time. The list includes recipients Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard, both of whom are signed to free agency by the Jets. They also added former Packers tackle Billy Turner and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.
Saleh remains adamant that New York’s response to Rodgers’ reported claims is a pointless plot and the inclusion of familiar faces is typical.
“I think it’s a silly wish-list-related story,” Saleh said at a Friday press conference. “And it’s customary when there are changes when you have a new coaching staff when you have guys come in and you surround those people with people they’re familiar with.”
It’s not uncommon to see teams bring in personnel that star players know and are close to, especially when it’s a veteran QB with a Super Bowl ring, such as Rodgers. In a similar (if incorrect) situation, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers added former patriots TE Rob Gronkowski after they signed Tom Brady in 2020. It worked because the pair had a reaction. great chemistry and in the end the Buccaneers won LVI Super Cup.
However, Rodgers’ requests could be more influential than Brady’s, because the Jets brought in many teammates quickly, some of whom might not affect the player.
Signing Jets Cobb the surprises, for instance, as he’s nearing the end of his prime at 32, hasn’t scored more than 35 receptions over the past two seasons, and hasn’t predicted key goals with Garrett Wilson and Mecole Hardman Jr.
Each ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Rodgers said, “I want to play with the Randall Cobbs of the world,” during a January appearance on the Pat McAfee show.
The Jets are desperately looking for a franchise QB who can lift them to their first Super Bowl in more than 50 years, and New York for Rodgers to have a say in some roster decisions makes sense, right. even as all involved continue to deny that there is any official desire to list in place.