7 NY Jets free agent targets who should want to play with Aaron Rodgers

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4. Adam Thielen, WR

So this one is cheating a little bit. Although Adam Thielen has never actually played with Aaron Rodgers, the two are reportedly good friends off the field. Still, there is no direct Rodgers connection, so he belongs on this list.

The Jets already signed former Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard in free agency, but perhaps they might not be done in that market. Randall Cobb seems more likely, but Thielen would be a more high-profile (and more expensive) addition.

The 32-year-old wideout still has plenty left in the tank, fresh off a 70-catch, 716-yard season in which he played all 17 games in Minnesota. Thielen has 30 total touchdowns over the last three seasons.

A Thielen signing would have made more sense before the Lazard deal, but if Thielen wants to take less to play with his buddy in New York, the Jets should absolutely consider it.

3. Calais Campbell, DT

The Jets are going to address the defensive tackle position in free agency. They were reportedly very interested in signing longtime Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox before he ultimately decided to return to Philadelphia.

After missing out on Cox, another well-known veteran they could target is Calais Campbell. Campbell crossed paths with Nathaniel Hackett and Ron Middleton in Jacksonville and should garner plenty of interest after he was released earlier this week.

Even at age 36 (he turns 37 in September), Campbell is still playing at a high level. His 76.0 PFF grade ranked 15th out of 127 qualified interior defensive linemen in 2022. He's ranked worth than 20th (27th) just once in the last decade.

Campbell could be an integral part of the Jets' defensive line rotation next season. Assuming he doesn't retire, Campbell could try for his first Super Bowl ring as a member of the Jets.