Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been traded to the New York Jets yet, but his top target for the Green Bay Packers this past season is on his way.
According to Jordan Schultz of The Score, the Jets are signing Packers free-agent wide receiver Allen Lazard.
Schultz reports that it’s a four-year deal worth $44 million with $22 million guaranteed.
This move could be the biggest sign yet that Rodgers is on his way to the Jets in the near future.
Lazard would’ve been a smart signing by the Jets regardless, but it makes a lot of sense for him to land in New York should Rodgers be headed there.
ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported today that Rodgers has given the Jets a “wish-list” of players he would like to play with in New York. Among them was Allen Lazard.
Lazard has been one of Rodgers’ most trusted targets in Green Bay in recent years.
Following Davante Adams’ departure this past season, Lazard led the Packers in receiving with 60 catches for 788 yards and six touchdowns, his best season to date.
What does this mean for the Packers?
Assuming Rodgers is gone, Jordan Love now loses a veteran wide receiver. Lazard is a reliable pass-catcher who would’ve made life easier for Love, but his departure isn’t surprising.
If Randall Cobb is also gone, which seems likely, the Packers will need to add a veteran receiver to play alongside second-year players Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs.
Lazard has provided some great memories during his time with the Packers.
We wish him all the best for his new chapter with the Jets.