Although longtime Green Bay Packers QB and future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer Aaron Rodgers has not publicly decided about his playing future, there is significant speculation as to what he will do next season.
As he is currently taking the time to mull over retirement, there exists a legitimate chance that Rodgers may in fact return for a 19th NFL season, but with a team other than the Packers, with the New York Jets as one of the possible destinations.
During his weekly appearance on the ‘Pat McAfee Show’ on Tuesday, January 17, Rodgers said that he believes that, despite the disappointing season for himself and the team, he can still play at a high level and even regain his MVP form.
"“I think I can win MVP again in the right situation,” Rodgers said. “Right situation, is that Green Bay or is that somewhere else? I’m not sure. But I don’t think you should shut down any opportunity. Like I said, during the season, that’s got to be both sides actually wanting to work together moving forward, and I think there’s more conversations to be had.”"
Both Rodgers and the Packers regime, notably GM Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur, must take the next several weeks to decide whether it would be best to part ways and to trade him to another team this offseason to clear the way for former first-round pick Jordan Love to start at quarterback.
Should the Packers decide to trade Rodgers and proceed with a type of rebuild effort to develop their younger players, then there is one destination that makes the most sense.
Given the similarities between Rodgers and his predecessor Brett Favre, it is fitting that the Packers could once again trade their longtime franchise QB to the New York Jets.
Here are some reasons why the Jets would be an optimal fit for Rodgers.