After weeks of speculation that the New York Jets would be the destination for Aaron Rodgers this offseason, things have taken a massive step forward.
Rodgers made his weekly appearance on The Pat McAfee Show and spilled the tea we've all watched brew since the NFL's legal tampering period began.
It's actually been well before the tampering period that things have been brewing between the Jets and Rodgers. It was reported by Trey Wingo -- much to the chagrin of Boomer Esiason, who took some shots at Dov Kleiman in his outrage at not being credited first for something we all knew was happening -- that the Jets and Packers had worked out a deal for Rodgers.
All that needed to happen was for Rodgers to make a decision on whether he would play for the Jets or retire.
It's a decision he kept to himself, forcing the Packers to twist in the wind in the process. It's hard to see Rodgers holding out on addressing the rumors as a final slight against his current team since Green Bay couldn't make any meaningful free agency moves until it knew whether or not his contract would be on the books next season.
Rodgers said on Wednesday that he intends to play for the Jets, and placed blame for the hold up on the Packers.
Drama aside, among the many things Rodgers said while appearing on The Pat McAfee Show, was that Nathaniel Hackett is one of the major things that attracted him to the Jets.
Or at least he said it in his twisty Aaron Rodgers way of saying things.
"There are a lot of reasons why the Jets are attractive, but there's one coach who has meant as much to me as any coach I've ever had and he happens to be the coordinator there," Rodgers said.
Hackett took it on the chin last year after flaming out as the Denver Broncos head coach in less than a season. It's something that Rodgers routinely brushed off thorughout the season when asked about it by McAfee, as he might have been the only person in Hackett's corner during his fall.
Rodgers clarified that when the process began, Hackett wasn't a huge factor in his decision-making process but things changed somewhere along the way.
Whether Hackett was a good head coach in Denver is beside the point. He was a phenomenal coordinator with Rodgers in Green Bay and is clearly someone he thinks can help him get the revenge he wants on the Packers and the rest of the world during his time in New York.