The NY Jets are Aaron Rodgers' only logical landing spot

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The NY Jets have been patiently — perhaps too patiently — awaiting a decision from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as the future Hall of Famer ponders his NFL future.

Rodgers could decide he wants to play another year in Green Bay, he could decide to retire, or he could decide that he wants to play football elsewhere in 2023. If the latter scenario is his choice, his options will be limited.

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Davie Ziegler spoke to reporters at the NFL Combine on Tuesday, and their comments strongly suggested that the team is not interested in trading for Rodgers.

Ziegler said that he "doesn't see" a scenario in which the team doesn't draft a quarterback, while McDaniels emphasized that the Raiders aren't looking for a one-year fix at the QB position. They want a long-term solution.

It isn't hard to read between the lines and determine that the Raiders do not consider Rodgers to be a viable option. And if that's the case, the Jets might be alone in their pursuit.

The NY Jets are the only team that makes sense for Aaron Rodgers

We still don't know what Rodgers will decide to do, but if he determines he wants to play for a new team in 2023, the Jets are the only landing spot that makes sense at this stage.

The Raiders all but declared they're out of the running (and later reports confirmed this), it seems highly unlikely that the Packers will deal Rodgers within the NFC, and no other AFC team seems to be interested in a short-term veteran fix.

That is, of course, aside from the Jets.

The Jets have a young roster ready to compete. Their roster is full of young, talented players on rookie contracts, giving the Jets the flexibility to add a veteran like Rodgers.

On top of that, the current regime is looking to save their jobs. They don't have the luxury of drafting and developing another quarterback this offseason — they don't have the time for that.

The Jets are a win-now team with a young, inexpensive roster operating under what is essentially a playoff mandate. That's why Rodgers makes the most sense for them and vice versa, and it's also why no other team has shown the same level of interest. No other team is in that situation.

This could have serious implications on Rodgers' trade value as well. If the 10-time Pro Bowl QB decides that he wants to be traded, the Packers don't exactly have much leverage in the situation.

The Jets are the only team interested. Rodgers doesn't want to be there, and Green Bay isn't going to pay him an exuberant amount of money to be a backup. He has to be traded, and given that there's only one suitor, his price tag will be very reasonable.

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Aaron Rodgers is essentially down to three choices: the Packers, the Jets, or retirement. His decision will greatly impact the future of both organizations.