NY Jets officially sign WR Allen Lazard, fueling Aaron Rodgers rumors

NY Jets, Allen Lazard
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The NY Jets have made their first free-agent signing of the offseason, and it's a player they've reportedly been eyeing for a while now, wide receiver Allen Lazard.

The Score's Jordan Schultz is reporting that the Jets have signed Lazard to a four-year, $44 million contract with $22 million in guarantees. Schultz adds that signing Lazard would help the Jets close the deal with Rodgers.

Lazard made it clear this offseason that he was hoping to follow Rodgers to his next destination. He hinted at it on social media and numerous reports suggested that Lazard wants to go where Rodgers went.

Now that Lazard is officially on the Jets, it's safe to assume that the Jets are very close to an agreement with Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. A trade should be on the horizon.

Allen Lazard should replace Corey Davis on the NY Jets

Lazard is a big-bodied red-zone threat who also doubles as an excellent run blocker. He's an obvious replacement for Corey Davis who is expected to be released this offseason. The Lazard signing should make that move official.

The former Iowa State star put together a career year in 2022, finishing with 60 catches for 788 yards and six touchdowns. He's hauled in 14 touchdowns over the last two seasons, all with Rodgers throwing him the ball.

Now, the attention will turn to players like Randall Cobb, Marcedes Lewis, and, of course, Odell Beckham Jr. who are all reportedly on Rodgers' free-agency wishlist for the Jets.

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The Jets have signed one of Rodgers' favorite targets. We're as close to a trade resolution as we've been at any point this offseason.