NY Jets are officially Super Bowl contenders after Aaron Rodgers trade
Finally! After weeks of waiting, the NY Jets have officially acquired Aaron Rodgers via trade from the Green Bay Packers. The Jets swapped first-round picks with the Packers, traded the No. 42 and 207 picks, and a conditional 2024 second-round pick to Green Bay for Rodgers and the No. 170 overall pick.
That future second-round pick becomes a first-round pick if Rodgers plays 65 percent or more of the Jets' offensive snaps in 2023. For the first time in a long time, are the Jets legitimate Super Bowl contenders?
The NY Jets offense has gotten a makeover this offseason
Let's start from the top — Aaron Rodgers is officially going to be under center for the Jets. This, obviously, makes the Jets infinitely better than they were last year.
The Jets receiving corps will also have a brand-new look to it. Garrett Wilson is your WR1, but Rodgers will still have the likes of Corey Davis and Mecole Hardman to throw the ball to, as well as one of his close friends, Allen Lazard.
Hardman is an offseason addition who should not be overlooked. Hardman's speed and talent could be tough for many teams to defend, so look for him to play a pretty important role. The Jets' running game will feature the return of Breece Hall, as well as Michael Carter, Ty Johnson, and Zonovan Knight.
The receivers and running back room look incredible, but only time will tell how it plays out. The offensive line leaves a bit to be desired, but hopefully, with the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft, the Jets can plug some holes up front.
The NY Jets defense should continue to be stellar
I cannot say enough good things about this young Jets defense. The Jets have an incredibly talented defensive line that can wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks. The Jets' defensive tackle group is also good, although they could use a run-stuffer like Al Woods to add to the room.
The Jets also arguably have the best cornerback group in the entire NFL. Led by Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed, the depth is also there as the Jets have Michael Carter II, Bryce Hall, and Brandin Echols. Carter is one of the better nickel cornerbacks in the league.
The Jets' safety room leaves a little bit to be desired. Chuck Clark and Jordan Whitehead will ultimately be leading the team's safety group, although it's very possible that the Jets add to that room in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Are the NY Jets Super Bowl contenders?
With everything that was highlighted above, and all the new acquisitions made in the offseason, it's safe to say this is not the same old Jets that fans have come to expect year after year. This Jets team has the ability to do some damage this season.
With the addition of Aaron Rodgers, the Jets have turned into Super Bowl contenders overnight. A Super Bowl appearance as soon as next year isn't out of the question, even in a loaded AFC. With an already stellar defense and a great offense, the stars appear to be aligning.
And who knows? Maybe there's still hope for Zach Wilson after all. Learning under Rodgers could prove to be incredibly impactful in the young quarterback's development. While he hasn't lived up to the hype yet, we could see a different Wilson in the future.
Get ready for a wild ride, Jets fans. For the first time in a long while, we have a team that will make some serious noise. Now let's go get that Lombardi Trophy.