Aaron Rodgers is an interesting guy. Those who have followed him throughout his career are likely already well aware of this, but we were reminded of this with his appearance on The Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday.
Rodgers told McAfee that he was set to embark on a four-day darkness isolation retreat, during which he plans to contemplate his NFL future. That includes the possibility of retirement.
Rodgers indicated that retirement was a very serious possibility for him this offseason and that he should have a better idea of what his plan for the future is following his retreat next week. That's where we're at now.
The Jets don't know what Rodgers' plan is, and they'll have to wait until the end of next week at the earliest to figure out if he's even playing football in 2023. Rodgers isn't going to rush into any decision.
Unfortunately, time isn't on the Jets' side right now. That's because...
Other NY Jets news
Derek Carr visiting with the Saints
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday that Derek Carr is set to visit with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday after receiving permission from the Las Vegas Raiders.
While no trade is imminent right now, Carr is assessing his options, and the Saints are the first team that he will visit. In fact, The Athletic's Tashan Reed is reporting that the two teams "have agreed to the compensation framework for a deal" ahead of Carr's visit.
There isn't a finalized trade just yet, but the framework has been agreed to. The Raiders are reportedly looking for a third-round pick in exchange for Carr, and as of the time of writing, the Saints are the only team to reach that stage of negotiations.
The Jets might prefer Rodgers, but if they sit back and wait on him to make a decision, they will likely miss out on Carr. General manager Joe Douglas might be willing to put all his eggs in the Rodgers basket, for better or worse.
Sauce Gardner explains why he should win Defensive Rookie of the Year
Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner made an appearance on Good Morning Football on Tuesday, and aside from his headline-grabbing comments about Aaron Rodgers, Gardner was asked about the upcoming Defensive Rookie of the Year race.
In particular, Gardner was asked why he deserves to be named the Defensive Rookie of the Year this season, an award he is widely expected to win. He refused to lean on his accolades for his answer, instead speaking about the importance of helping change the Jets' defense.
"They expected a lot of me and I feel like I lived up to the expectations."- Sauce Gardner
Gardner is a finalist for Defensive Rookie of the Year along with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Tariq Woolen and Detroit Lions edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson, but it isn't much of a competition.
After becoming the first rookie cornerback in 40 years to be named first-team All-Pro, Gardner is all but a lock for the award.