Aaron Rodgers and the New York Jets are a great match, according to Boomer Esiason
Former Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason is still very much in the know on the football stage.
From his perch in WFAN’s morning slot on the Boomer and Gio Show, Esiason teams with co-host Gregg Giannotti to bring tidbits of insider knowledge onto the local media stage, as well as rampant speculation and, well, other stuff.
In the Tuesday morning segment, Boomer first discussed Derek Carr’s visit with the Jets and his potential fit in New York.
He stated that he “did a little digging” and “had a few conversations with a number of people across the NFL… talking about different players and different scenarios.”
Apparently, Carr asked about Zach Wilson‘s continued presence with the team. As Boomer said, Carr wants a long-term deal.
If the Jets would be willing to give him one, why would Wilson remain on the roster?
According to Boomer, the Jets are not going to move Wilson for the foreseeable future, much to the disgruntlement of the fan base. He speculated that this could be the sticking point for Carr.
Then, Boomer moved on to the bigger catch that the Jets appear to be fixated on: Aaron Rodgers. He believes that Rodgers would be willing to come to the Jets.
According to Boomer’s discussions, Rodgers is in total control of what he wants to do. If he does come back, it won’t be with Green Bay: he doesn’t want them, and they can’t afford his $58.3 million cash payday in 2023.
If Rodgers wants to come to the Jets, then Boomer says the Packers will trade him there. Furthermore, the compensation will not be as steep as has been speculated (as many as two first-round picks) due to Rodgers’s age.
There could be some sort of conditional compensation tied to the deal if the Jets make it to the Super Bowl with Rodgers.
The key, Boomer continued, is for Rodgers to adjust his contract like Tom Brady did when he went to Tampa. He’ll then have to sit down with Woody Johnson and make sure that the Jets will spend whatever it takes to build a Super Bowl-caliber roster, specifically on the offensive line.
The number Boomer threw out was $30-35 million guaranteed per year over the next two years. Then the Jets would be able to fully support Rodgers.
Another aspect is that Rodgers is Zach Wilson’s idol. Rodgers’s two-year timeline would give the Jets the opportunity to continue to develop Wilson and allow him to learn from his favorite quarterback, with whom he has a good relationship.
Boomer added that the presence of Nathaniel Hackett is a factor, as Rodgers is close with Hackett. He gets the impression that Rodgers did not force a trade to Denver last year because he didn’t want to leave behind his buddies in Green Bay—specifically David Bakhtiari, Randall Cobb, and Mason Crosby.
At this point, though, Boomer confirmed that the Packers are sick of Rodgers.
In Boomer’s words, if all of these things would happen, Rodgers to New York would be “a match made in heaven” and “a perfect scenario” for the Jets.
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