When the Jets didto get Aaron Rodgers in April, the biggest risk that comes with the deal is that the team has no idea how long he wants to play.
In recent years, Rodgers has spent the early part of the season contemplating retirement. As things stand right now, the four-time MVP hasn’t said if he’ll be staying with the Jets for a second season, but based on how he was talking Thursday, he’s definitely already looking at a future in New York.
During his first interview of training camp, Rodgers indicated that the Jets have a good thing going Super Bowl window to work with.
“When you have so many great players on rookie deals, it’s pretty exciting, knowing you can do something,” Rodgers said the media. “You got a good window, it’s not just a one-year thing where you can be competitive, which is fun.”
While Rodgers hasn’t come out and said he’ll be with the Jets next season, it appears he has his eyes set on returning to New York in 2024. Of course, before that can happen, both sides will have to rework his contract. Under the terms of his current contract, Rodgers is scheduled, which would eat up to half of the fountain’s salary cap. Of course, that’s not possible, so if Rodgers returns, it will be necessary to restructure his contract.
Rodgers has been in New York for nearly three months now, and so far, he seems to like everything about his new team.
“It’s the energy,” Rodgers said of what he likes. “I love being around that young energy, that excitement. This team of guys who are young and extremely talented, on their first contract is feeling great.”
The only thing about playing with young players is that you have to be open to teaching them sometimes and that it’s a role Rodgers seems to be embracing.
“I know, as an older player on the team, that it is part of the responsibility, to teach a little more,” said Rodgers.
Even though Rodgers is entering his first season with the Jets, he knows enough about the offense that he can teach that to his teammates. The former Packers QB said the offense he will be running in New York was developed in Green Bay back in 2020. At that time, current Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was Rodgers’ OC in Green Bay.
“I know the offense well,” Rodgers said of Hackett’s system in New York. “We collaborated in the 2020 season event and this is a lot of the stuff we did in 2020 and 2021, so it’s exciting to be back in this style that I know so well.”
Rodgers added that it puts people off going to work every day.
“Every day, I’ve been waking up since I’ve been here, it’s been exciting to come down the driveway and come to the facility because everything is new and exciting,” Rodgers said.
Sounds like the 39-year-old has re-energized and as long as he can physically handle the 2023 season, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him back in a Jets uniform in 2024. Speaking of his Jets uniform, Rodgers wore his uniform for the first time this week and.