Did Garrett Wilson change his number to attract possible superstar WR via trade?

Wilson is ditching his old number in 2024

NY Jets, Garrett Wilson
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The NY Jets have exactly three players fans should be extremely excited about on the offensive side of the ball, as the team's success in 2024 is dependent almost entirely on Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers, emerging star running back Breece Hall, and stud wide receiver Garrett Wilson.

The fact Wilson reached 1,000 yards yet again despite a quarterback situation that bordered on XFL quality with Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator and names like Xavier Gipson and Randall Cobb getting WR2 and WR3 snaps is astounding. Another playmaker is needed in the worst way.

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams, who has been a Jets trade target ever since the Rodgers deal was finalized, might be on the move again after yet another season outside of the playoffs. The Jets could be a potential suitor, as they already freed up his number.

Wilson changed his number from No. 17, which is what Adams has worn throughout his professional career, to the No. 5 he wore in his college days at Ohio State. If Adams ends up asking out of Las Vegas, his number and favorite quarterback are already in place in New York.

Did NY Jets' Garrett Wilson change his jersey number for Davante Adams?

Adams' stats are still very much up in the air in Las Vegas. Not only would a veteran like Adams prefer the chance to chase championships over rebuilding, but the uncertain status of interim coach Antonio Pierce (whom Adams strongly recommended be named permanent head coach) could influence his decision.

Adams caught 103 passes for 1,144 yards and eight touchdowns this season despite being handed the disappointing Jimmy Garoppolo and a fourth-round rookie in Aidan O'Connell as his quarterbacks. Rodgers would be such a titanic upgrade over either of those two.

Adams is owed a ton of money in the next few years, and the Jets are light on assets after making the Rodgers trade. With names like Wilson, Hall, and Sauce Gardner all in line for new contracts soon, Douglas needs to figure out a way to both bring in Adams while keeping the young core together.

If he can pull off that balancing act, the Jets could surround Rodgers with an ascending star running back and arguably the best 1-2 punch at wide receiver in the game. With Adams' number free, the Jets could be signaling they are leaving the light on for him if he decides to bolt.