MMQB: Jets Aware of Aaron Rodgers Trade Implications with Nathaniel Hackett as OC

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 30, 2023

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - JANUARY 08: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before a game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on January 08, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets reportedly knew hiring offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett could help in their pursuit of Aaron Rodgers.

Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated's The MMQB noted Hackett's connection to Rodgers as the former offensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers wasn't the reason for the hiring. However, he added that head coach "Robert Saleh and the team's decision-makers were very aware of the implication hiring the former Broncos coach would bring—and they aren't shying from it."

On Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Green Bay "prefers to move on from Rodgers" this offseason.

New York would be a logical landing spot even without Hackett seeing as it started Zach Wilson, Joe Flacco and Mike White at quarterback in 2022 and missed the playoffs as a result.

The team has a strong defense and plenty of young talent with wide receiver Garrett Wilson and running back Breece Hall, among others. The Jets may just be a signal-caller away from challenging for an AFC East crown.

Perhaps Rodgers could be that signal-caller, especially since he and Hackett helped the Packers win the NFC North in each of Hackett's three years as Green Bay's offensive coordinator from 2019 through 2021.