Packers: Are Jets trying to tempt Aaron Rodgers with latest hire?

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Let the Aaron Rodgers to New York Jets speculation continue. The Jets announced on Thursday that they have hired former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

Hackett’s time as Denver Broncos head coach didn’t work out as he hoped, but there’s a reason why he landed that job in the first place.

He played a vital role as the Packers’ offensive coordinator, working closely with Rodgers and Matt LaFleur during his time in Green Bay.

It’s a good hire for New York and, who knows, maybe it will tempt No. 12 to follow him.

If the Jets are seriously interested in trading for Rodgers, hiring Hackett is a smart move.

Not only does he have a great relationship with Rodgers, but it would also ease the transition for the four-time MVP to a new team. He would already have familiarity with a similar scheme, making the process far quicker and easier.

Hackett thrived in the role as offensive coordinator in Green Bay, and it could be a perfect landing spot for him. He joins a talented coaching staff led by head coach Robert Saleh.

If Rodgers considers a move away from Green Bay, the Jets could sure make a strong case.

New York’s defense ranked fourth in the NFL this season. Quinnen Williams and Sauce Gardner were first-team All-Pros.

On offense, Rodgers would get to throw to NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year finalist Garrett Wilson, Corey Davis, and Elijah Moore.

And remember that Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Marcedes Lewis, and Robert Tonyan are free agents, so it’s possible Rodgers could get some of his guys to join him in New York.

The Jets have a good coaching staff in place. Saleh has done a great job turning things around, especially on defense, while Hackett is a smart offensive hire.

All the pieces are there for the Jets to make a strong case to tempt Rodgers. But would the Packers be willing to trade the four-time MVP?

Let the speculation continue.