NY Jets news: Joe Douglas promises Aaron Rodgers, Quinnen Williams extension

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NY Jets general manager Joe Douglas seems to be as confident as anyone that Aaron Rodgers is going to end up in New York. In fact, he essentially promised it to a crowd full of Jets fans Friday night.

Douglas joined Boomer Esiason at a WFAN event on Friday, and when asked when Rodgers is coming to New York, Douglas responded with an enthusiastic "He's gonna be here." The crowd erupted with applause as a result of Douglas' declaration.

This speaks volumes about where the Jets and Green Bay Packers are in negotiations. It's unimaginable that the notoriously tight-lipped Douglas would make this sort of public declaration without definitive evidence that Rodgers was going to end up with the Jets.

Perhaps this is an indication that a Rodgers trade is on the horizon. Either way, one thing seems clear: Aaron Rodgers is going to be a New York Jet before long.

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Aaron Rodgers working out with Allen Lazard

Rodgers may not officially be a member of the Jets yet, but that isn't stopping him from working out with his future — and former — teammates.

New Jets wide receiver Allen Lazard posted a photo to his Instagram on Friday that showed him working out with Rodgers away from the Jets' facilities.

Lazard has, of course, spent the entirety of his five-year NFL career catching passes from Rodgers, and that's expected to continue in 2023 with the former undrafted free agent following Rodgers to New York.

Lazard and Rodgers already have an excellent rapport with one another, but some extra reps never hurt. Rodgers is doing whatever he can to prepare before he officially joins the Jets' roster.

Jeffery Simmons extension could impact Quinnen Williams' contract

Tennessee Titans star Jeffery Simmons became the latest defensive tackle to receive a big-money extension on Friday, signing a four-year, $94 million contract to stay in Nashville.

One individual who is paying close attention to Simmons' deal and the ever-expanding defensive tackle market is Quinnen Williams. Williams is one of a number of young star defensive tackles in need of new contracts this offseason, and Simmons' contract will certainly be discussed in negotiations.

Williams is coming off a career year in which he totaled 12 sacks en route to being named first-team All-Pro. He was one of just four players to receive first-place votes in the Defensive Player of the Year award race.

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It's expected that Williams' contract will come in slightly above what Simmons received. It sounds like we might still be a couple of months away from an extension, but the Jets and Williams are certainly monitoring the market.