14 other players with Aaron Rodgers connections the NY Jets can target

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8. Lucas Patrick, C/OG

A former undrafted free agent, Lucas Patrick spent the first five years of his NFL career with Rodgers in Green Bay, serving as a starting guard in 2020 and the starting center in 2021.

Patrick signed with the Chicago Bears in 2022 but started only five games before a toe injury knocked him out for the season. Like Douglas, Patrick isn't a free agent and would need to be acquired in a trade, but with the Jets looking for offensive line depth, it's a possible scenario to explore.

7. Robert Tonyan, TE

I don't expect the Jets to sign Robert Tonyan, not with Tyler Conklin, C.J. Uzomah, and Jeremy Ruckert already in the mix, not to mention the possibility of adding Marcedes Lewis.

Still, Tonyan is a favorite target of Rodgers and a free agent this offseason, so he should be mentioned. I'd imagine it's either Lewis or Tonyan for the Jets — not both.

6. Billy Turner, OT

Billy Turner has spent the last four years playing under Nathaniel Hackett, first in Green Bay from 2019 to 2021 and then in Denver this past season. He's a veteran swing tackle who also has experience playing guard.

Although he's started 75 games in his career, Turner is probably best fit as a sixth offensive lineman with the Jets. The Hackett and Rodgers connections make him an obvious target.

5. Dean Lowry, DT

How about another defensive player? Defensive tackle is a need for the Jets this offseason, especially if they're unable to re-sign Sheldon Rankins. One potential replacement could be Dean Lowry.

Lowry has been with the Packers since 2016, starting 80 games as one of the more unheralded members of that defense. He's a good run-defender and someone who could both follow Rodgers to the Jets and fill a need.