Aaron Rodgers Jets wish list: Reviewing QB's reported requests after Randall Cobb signs with New York
When Aaron Rodgers suits up for Jets training camp, it'll be like Christmas in July.
Rodgers will don the Green and White come the start of the 2023 NFL season, and when it gets underway, he'll have gotten some buddies some green and white, too.
Prior to official arrival in Florham Park, N.J., a reported Rodgers wish list of players included some past running mates from Green Bay, while another was a long-rumored target of the passer.
Rodgers denied that there was a wish list of any sort — but the fact remains that the players the Jets have targeted certainly fit the bill of what Rodgers may or may not have been looking for.
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Here's how the Jets have checked off the shopping list to appease their new passer:
Aaron Rodgers Jets wish list
The first big domino to fall on the Rodgers courtship, the Jets signed the wideout to a four-year, $44 million contract at the start of free agency. Lazard is set to slot in near the top of the Jets' depth chart out wide, with Offensive Rookie of the Year Garrett Wilson ahead of him.
The duo have already have been doing up the town:
🚨 AARON RODGERS SINGING THE GOAL SONG 🚨— Rangers Videos (@SNYRangers) April 30, 2023
Odell Beckham Jr.
The Jets were on the 1-yard line to bring OBJ back to the Big Apple in different colors, but the Ravens swooped in at the last second and signed him to a more enticing deal. New York was set to host Beckham for a physical as well as discuss his role in the Jets' offense.
The Jets reportedly had an offer that was in the ballpark for the wideout, but Baltimore surprised everyone by giving Beckham a one-year deal worth up to $18 million, with $15 million of that guaranteed.
So, while the Jets were close, Beckham went somewhere else to satisfy a different AFC champion hopeful quarterback.
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On May 3, the Jets announced an agreement with Rodgers favorite target Randall Cobb on a one-year deal, though the dollar amount wasn't available at the time of signing. Cobb is expected to hit the depth chart as a WR5 or 6, likely as a backup slot option.
seems like @AaronRodgers12 and @rcobb18 know each other pretty well pic.twitter.com/4gkVlLl6ep— New York Jets (@nyjets) May 3, 2023
Lewis remains a free agent after spending the last five years with the Packers. The Jets' tight end room currently features C.J. Uzomah, Tyler Conklin, 2022 fourth-round pick Jeremy Ruckert and 2023 seventh-round pick Zack Kuntz.
Lewis turns 39 on May 14 and caught six passes for 66 yards in 2022 for the Packers. There has been no real buzz surrounding Lewis and the Jets, but the list has only missed once so far.
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These guys weren't on Rodgers' reported wish list, but the Packers connections were too clear to ignore:
— Long before the Jets landed Aaron Rodgers, they hired Nathaniel Hackett as their new offensive coordinator. Hackett replaced a fired Mike LaFleur, and is one of Rodgers' favorite coaches.
— Tim Boyle was with the Packers between 2018 and 2020, backing up Rodgers. Rodgers has been nothing but complimentary about Boyle through the years.
— The Jets needed offensive tackle depth to not replay what happened in 2022, and they got some by way of Billy Turner. Turner played for the Packers between 2019 and 2021 and even spent time with the Broncos under Hackett in 2022.
— The Jets added Israel Abanikanda in the fifth round of the 2023 draft, but they looking for running back depth long before that. Jamaal Williams spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Packers (2017-2020) and was signed by the Saints this offseason. Rodgers called Williams one of his "all-time favorite teammates."