NY Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner has been having some fun with the recruitment of numerous quarterbacks for his team in recent days, and the rookie standout caused quite the stir with his appearance on Good Morning Football on Tuesday.
Gardner told Peter Schrager that he "knows a little something about something" in regard to a possible Aaron Rodgers trade, fueling rumors that the Jets could be on the verge of trading for the future Hall of Fame quarterback.
But does Gardner know something or was he just messing around? That was the question I asked him at a recent event in Manhattan on Tuesday.
Gardner appeared to help promote the launch of TUMSWORDY, a new word game created by TUMS that will be making its debut on Super Bowl Sunday. After the event, Gardner told me he was "just trolling" with his comments about Rodgers earlier in the day.
Gardner was simply just having some fun, just as he did on Twitter last Friday when he tagged both Rodgers and Derek Carr in separate tweets, seemingly suggesting that they come to New York.
NY Jets CB Sauce Gardner is having fun with quarterback rumors
It was always unlikely that Gardner actually had any insight into the Rodgers situation. After all, it seems as though Rodgers himself doesn't even know if he's going to be playing football in 2023. How would Gardner know an answer to a question Rodgers isn't even aware of yet?
The Jets continue to be one of two teams most closely connected to Rodgers rumors, along with the Las Vegas Raiders. Rodgers recently revealed on Tuesday's episode of The Pat McAfee Show that he plans to consider his NFL future during a four-day darkness isolation retreat.
Rodgers told McAfee that the retreat will begin soon after the Super Bowl and that he should have a clearer idea of his future plans after. For the Jets, this means they might have to wait until the end of the next week at the earliest to know if Rodgers is even playing football next season.
That's just the first step. Then comes a discussion about the Packers trading him, and finally a discussion about the Jets being the team that trades for the 10-time Pro Bowler. That's a lot of uncertainty.
Meanwhile, the timetable for Derek Carr continues to shrink with the Raiders forced to make a decision on him within a week. Carr will either be traded or released before the Jets find out about Rodgers' plans.
There are a lot of variables with the Rodgers situation, but one thing we know for sure is that Sauce Gardner likely doesn't have any insight. He's just having some harmless offseason fun.