Aaron Rodgers remains the NY Jets' 'top priority' this offseason
The NY Jets have made it very clear who their top quarterback target has been for weeks now. The team's reported "infatuation" with Aaron Rodgers has been perhaps the worst-kept secret in the entire NFL.
Dating back to the Senior Bowl, numerous teams in attendance were convinced that the Jets were ready to go all-in for Rodgers. No team has been connected to any one quarterback this offseason more than the Jets have with Rodgers.
That remains the case as well, even with Derek Carr visiting the team this weekend. The Jets are doing their due diligence with Carr, but Rodgers remains their "top priority," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport spoke about Carr and the Jets on NFL Network on Friday, and while he insisted that the Jets are interested in Carr, he made it clear that he's little more than a fallback option. The Jets want Rodgers — he's their guy.
The NY Jets are interested in Derek Carr, but Aaron Rodgers remains Plan A
It's wise for the Jets to bring Carr in for a visit, even if he's not their top option. The biggest reason for that is the significant uncertainty surrounding Rodgers' future.
The 10-time Pro Bowl quarterback is in the midst of his darkness retreat that should last until early next week. He continues to contemplate his NFL future, which includes a potential retirement or a return to Green Bay (if the Packers will have him).
There's no guarantee that Rodgers will even be available for the Jets, and even if he is, there's also no guarantee that he would be traded to New York. The Las Vegas Raiders are heavily in the mix for Rodgers as well.
This means that the Jets must have contingency plans in case they miss out on Rodgers. Carr is their top contingency plan. Others such as Jimmy Garoppolo and Ryan Tannehill figure to be in the mix, but the Jets' top options are clearly Rodgers and Carr, in that order.
Carr is going to take his time and weigh his options. While he wants to get a deal done before the start of free agency next month, he's not in any rush to get a deal done in the next few days. It might make sense for him to wait and see what Rodgers' decision is, as it could impact his market.
The Jets like Carr and he's certainly an option for the team, but he's not their preferred choice. That player has been — and continues to be — Aaron Rodgers.
Don't let Derek Carr's visit fool you, nothing has changed with the Jets. They want Rodgers.