NFL Rumors: Aaron Rodgers rejected by yet another Pro Bowl free agent
Aaron Rodgers is a Hall of Fame quarterback, but he probably shouldn't become a general manager when he retires from playing.
Rodgers will soon swap the Green Bay Packers for New York Jets. However, a number of top free agents have turned down the chance to play for the Jets this offseason.
ESPN's Dianna Russini reported in March that Rodgers had given the Jets a wish-list of free agents he wanted them to sign, including Odell Beckham Jr. Yet despite being set to visit with the Jets, Beckham instead chose to sign with the Baltimore Ravens.
Star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins could be on the trade block this offseason, but he hinted at not liking the possibility of moving to the Jets.
It seems Aaron Rodgers' arrival in New York hasn't been enough to tempt some of the top free-agent names this offseason. And we can now add Calais Campbell to the list.
NFL rumors: Aaron Rodgers rejected by another Pro Bowl free agent
Six-time Pro Bowler Calais Campbell spoke to CBS Sports' Josina Anderson on The Crew podcast, revealing that Aaron Rodgers tried to recruit him to the New York Jets.
"The Jets made an almost equal offer as the Falcons," Campbell told Anderson.
Campbell ended up signing a one-year, $7 million deal with the Falcons. It was a surprising move that Campbell would choose a rebuilding team over the win-now Jets, especially with Campbell revealing they made a similar offer.
"It was kind of crazy because Aaron Rodgers texted me," said Campbell. "He's like, 'Come on man, let's go win a championship together.' It was appealing having Aaron Rodgers text you talking about winning a Super Bowl together, but when it came down to it, I just had this gut feeling that Atlanta was a special place, and the value I could bring would be most effective there."
It's understandable why Rodgers wanted Campbell in New York. The Jets are going all-in for a championship with Rodgers.
They already had the fourth-ranked defense in the NFL a year ago. Adding a six-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro would have made the Jets even better.
Even at 36 years old, Campbell is an excellent player. He made 5.5 sacks and forced two fumbles for the Baltimore Ravens last season.
Getting Campbell and Beckham would've helped the Jets' Super Bowl chances. But it seems Rodgers is running into the same problem he had with the Packers. No matter how tempting it must be to play with a four-time MVP, many top free agents are signing elsewhere.
It's interesting to know Rodgers has been playing Jets GM while still technically a Packers QB, but maybe it's a good thing he isn't actually in the front office. Rodgers' recruitment tour hasn't gone to plan so far this offseason.