The NFL is a connections business. Sometimes it's more about who you know than anything else. At the very least, those connections can help get your foot in the door. Just look at the NY Jets this offseason, for example.
While Aaron Rodgers has publicly shot down the notion that he had a so-called "wish list" upon being traded to the Jets this offseason, that hasn't stopped his new team from bringing in a host of familiar faces.
Now, this isn't necessarily abnormal. A new quarterback and new offensive coordinator are going to want to bring in players who they have experience with. This happens all the time in the NFL.
Still, it's notable just how many former Green Bay Packers the Jets have signed this offseason. The addition of Adrian Amos on Tuesday adds yet another notable former teammate of Rodgers in Green Bay to the list.
This begs the question, just how many former Packers are now on the Jets' roster?
A list of all former Packers on the NY Jets roster
- QB Aaron Rodgers
- WR Allen Lazard
- WR Randall Cobb
- S Adrian Amos
- OT Billy Turner
- QB Tim Boyle
- WR Malik Taylor
- OT Adam Pankey
- OC Nathaniel Hackett
Including Nathaniel Hackett and the two former Packers who were already with the organization prior to this offseason, the Jets now have a whopping nine former Packers under contract.
That includes, of course, Rodgers, his former backup in Green Bay, Tim Boyle, and a couple of his favorite targets in Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb.
Then there's the aforementioned Amos, who spent four years with Rodgers in Green Bay, and Turner, who has spent more time working under Hackett than any player in the NFL over the last four years (Turner followed Hackett to Denver).
Finally, we have two bottom-of-the-roster players, wide receiver Malik Taylor and offensive tackle Adam Pankey, who were both signed to the Jets' practice squad late last season. Their additions have nothing to do with Rodgers and Hackett.
An overlooked part of this influx of former Packers players is that Hackett likely has as much, if not more, to do with this as Rodgers. This is his scheme, after all. He's looking to bring in players who have experience in said scheme.
Unfortunately, the Jets aren't scheduled to play the Packers again until the 2026 season. It's possible they could play Green Bay as early as next year, but that would require the two teams to finish in the same place in their respective divisions.
Either way, the Jets don't play the Packers in 2023, meaning that we're likely going to be robbed of a potential revenge game for the ages, barring an unlikely Super Bowl meeting between the two teams.
Perhaps the Jets can enact their own sort of revenge by signing every former Packers player in existence. Has anyone seen Jordy Nelson? What about Jeff Janis? I think Eddie Lacy is a free agent. Only half kidding.