NY Jets news: Aaron Rodgers met with the Jets, decision expected very soon
Things are happening! The NY Jets reportedly "had conversations" with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Monday, per NFL insider Trey Wingo. This marks the first known meeting of any kind between the two sides.
Wingo reported that, while no deal is imminent, Rodgers is "open to the idea of going to New York." This is the most significant development that has occurred to date in the Jets' pursuit of Rodgers this offseason.
This means that the Packers gave the Jets permission to speak to Rodgers, which is oftentimes an indication that at least the framework of a deal has been agreed to. It also strongly suggests that Rodgers is unlikely to retire.
We continue to await word on Rodgers' official decision, but this is a very positive development for the Jets after the team passed on signing Derek Carr earlier in the day.
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An Aaron Rodgers decision is expected very soon
That wasn't the only piece of Rodgers news that was revealed on Monday. ESPN's Rob Demovsky and fellow Packers reporter Aaron Nagler reported yesterday that the Packers expect to hear from Rodgers "much earlier" as opposed to later in the week.
With Carr signing with the New Orleans Saints, the first quarterback domino has fallen. Rodgers is expected to be the next quarterback domino to fall this offseason, and it seems as though it could happen within the next couple of days.
Both Rodgers and the Jets have indicated that they would like to have their quarterback situation resolved by the start of the legal-tampering period of free agency, which begins next Monday.
For that to happen, a Rodgers decision has to be made very quickly. This past weekend was the calm before the storm. The Carr signing was the start of what promises to be a very interesting week in the NFL.
Geno Smith gets paid
Former Jets quarterback Geno Smith officially received his first significant NFL payday on Monday as the former second-round pick signed a three-year, $105 million extension with the Seattle Seahawks.
The deal could reportedly pay Smith as much as $52 million in his first year and is worth $35 million annually. This comes after Smith put together one of the most surprising seasons in recent NFL history, earning Pro Bowl honors and winning the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award.
In theory, this does eliminate a potential quarterback target for the Jets, although it's been widely assumed that the Seahawks weren't letting Smith go anywhere this offseason.
It's hard not to feel happy for Smith, given his rollercoaster of an NFL journey to this point. Good for Geno and good for Seattle.