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Sauce Gardner is going all-in on his attempt to bring Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets

On Tuesday, New York Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner made an enticing pitch for Aaron Rodgers to join the team. Gardner promised two things if Rodgers joined the Jets: To never pick Rodgers off in practice and to burn the cheesehead that Gardner famously donned after the Jets’ Week 6 victory in Green Bay.

Gardner has already made good on one half of the promise.

On Thursday night, Gardner released his first-ever YouTube video, which featured him burning the cheesehead alongside teammates Breece Hall and Garrett Wilson.

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In the video, Gardner says he spoke to Rodgers at some point after the Week 6 game, though it’s not specified exactly when that conversation took place. But Gardner said the conversation had him feeling optimistic about the possibility of Rodgers joining the Jets.

“Let me tell y’all what an even greater feeling [than wearing the cheesehead after the win] was: You know, the conversations that me and Aaron Rodgers had. We settled our differences about the cheesehead and everything like that. He had some energy, I had some energy. The conversation definitely gave me hope that he could be in that green and white next season.”

While burning the cheesehead (and making cheese sauce, as Gardner says), the three young Jets players all made their pitches to Rodgers on why he should join the Jets.

“I need you to lock in. I need you to come here so we can win the Super Bowl”, Gardner said to Rodgers while staring into the camera. “We can have a little pool party at my crib, man.”

Hall was excited about having Rodgers open up the run game for him.

“They’re going to open it up for me,” Hall said, referring to Rodgers and Wilson.
“[Opponents] are going to be scared of them, boom, hand me off the ball. It’ll be smooth. Super Bowl.”

“I just know it’s going to be precise,” Wilson said when asked by Gardner how he’d feel about catching “dots” from Rodgers.

Going to be? Interesting choice of words there, Garrett.

Jets fans are desperate for some news on the Rodgers front. Ever since a cross-country flight to meet Rodgers in California on Tuesday, all has been quiet. The longer the saga drags onward, the more nervous Jets fans get.

One thing is for sure, though: Sauce and company have pulled no punches in their effort to get Rodgers to New York.

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