NFL Rumors: Aaron Rodgers had no curiosity residing in Tom Brady’s shadow
Aaron Rodgers moved on from the Packers to the New York Jets, however the Patriots additionally had been in on the quarterback just for Rodgers to show them down.
Keep in mind only a few quick months in the past when everybody was speculating the place Aaron Rodgers would find yourself as he moved on from the Inexperienced Bay Packers? Few folks miss these days, with out query.
Having stated that, one logical match for the longer term Corridor of Fame quarterback, who finally ended up in New York with the Jets, that there have been few studies about relating to any curiosity in or connection to Rodgers was the New England Patriots. However now we’re discovering out why that was the case.
Craig Carton of FOX Sports stated in an look on FS1 this previous week that the Patriots, who had been rumored to be exploring buying and selling Mac Jones this offseason, had been closely thinking about changing Jones with Aaron Rodgers. The Packers quarterback, nonetheless, turned the deal down.
“Aaron Rodgers nearly wasn’t a Jet,” Carton stated. “The New England Patriots made a suggestion to the Inexperienced Bay Packers to get Aaron Rodgers, and when Aaron Rodgers heard it, his agent stated, ‘No, we ain’t enjoying for New England. We wish to be a Jet.”
NFL Rumors: Patriots wished Aaron Rodgers, QB turned them down
Now, the context of that quote signifies that Rodgers had already selected wanting to maneuver to the Jets at this level. Had New York not been , you must surprise if Rodgers would have had any curiosity in moving into the function lengthy occupied by Tom Brady. However with the Jets mutually , Rodgers instructed the Packers to kick rocks with that Patriots provide.
It, nonetheless, just isn’t laborious to consider the studies that New England tried to get entangled within the Rodgers sweepstakes.
Although Invoice Belichick and others have persistently downplayed the group’s curiosity in buying and selling Mac Jones or transferring on from the previous first-round decide in any means, there was an excessive amount of smoke for there to not have been a minimum of a little bit fireplace associated to that. Subsequently, moderately than changing him with Bailey Zappe, it makes full sense that they explored the territory with Rodgers.
Alas, the Patriots received’t be going from Brady to Rodgers with a quick Mac Jones buffer between. It’ll nonetheless be Jones on the helm for a minimum of the 2023 season — and he and Belichick could have a minimum of two video games wanting throughout the sidelines at what may’ve been when the Pats face the Jets.