NY Jets news: Aaron Rodgers holding Jets hostage, former Jets QBs sign

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Back in January, Aaron Rodgers insisted that he didn't want to hold anyone hostage. Unfortunately, over two months later, that's exactly what he's doing to both the NY Jets and Green Bay Packers.

We're now entering the second day of free agency, and the Jets and Packers still don't know what Rodgers' decision is. That's significantly affected the teams' ability to recruit free agents.

Neither the Jets nor the Packers made an external free-agent signing on Monday, a sign that both teams are waiting on the Rodgers domino to fall before making any major moves.

Rodgers is directly holding both teams hostage and hindering their free-agent pursuits. Here's to hoping a decision comes today before the Jets miss out on any (more?) players they were targeting.

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Mike White and Sam Darnold find new homes

The Rodgers domino has yet to fall, but the quarterback market was active on Monday. From Jimmy Garoppolo to Jarrett Stidham to Case Keenum, a number of quarterbacks found new homes. Two former Jets were included on that list.

Mike White signed a two-year, $8 million (max $16 million with incentives) contract with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday as the now-former Jets QB returned home to Florida and will back up Tua Tagovailoa with the Jets' AFC East rivals.

Meanwhile, Sam Darnold inked a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has long been a fan of Darnold, and the former No. 3 overall pick joins a quarterback room also featuring Brock Purdy and Trey Lance.

White and Darnold both landed in ideal situations. The Jets, meanwhile, await word from their hopeful quarterback of the future (read: next season).

Jets re-sign Greg Zuerlein

The Jets didn't sign any new players on Monday, but they did re-sign one of their own. Kicker Greg Zuerlein is coming back to Florham Park after a successful first season with the team.

Zuerlein beat out Eddy Pineiro for the Jets' kicker job in the summer and went on to make 30-of-37 field-goal attempts in 2022, including a franchise-record 60-yarder.

Believe it or not, Zuerlein's six field goals made from 50+ yards out already rank third in team history behind only Nick Folk and John Hall. He also made 28 of his 29 extra-point tries.

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Zuerlein brought a much-needed sense of stability to the kicker position in 2022. His return is very much welcomed.