Aaron Rodgers should be flagged for being late.
The four-time MVP quarterback continued to keep the Jets, Packers, and the entire NFL world waiting on Monday.
Expectations were for Rodgers to announce his decision on Monday morning before the free agency negotiation window opened at noon.
But that time has come and gone, and as of Monday night, the world was still waiting to hear from Rodgers.
The Jets weren’t panicking Monday and there was still belief around the NFL that Rodgers would eventually be traded to the Jets, but Jets fans’ blood pressure was rising on Monday with each passing hour and as quarterback replacements came out.
Jimmy Garoppolo, who was seen as a potential backup option for the Jets, agreed to a deal with the Raiders on Monday.
Mike White, who was a long shot to return to the Jets but would have been a potential pivot, agreed to a trade with the Dolphins.
This comes after Derek Carr signed with the Saints last week.
All of this means that the Jets are counting on Rodgers to agree to the trade.
Their other options are not very attractive.
Jacoby Brissett and Baker Mayfield are the two best remaining free midfielders.
If Rodgers turns down the Jets and decides to retire, general manager Joe Douglas could turn his attention to Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who had the non-exclusive franchise tag applied to him last week.
It seems unlikely that Jets owner Woody Johnson would want to give Jackson a fully guaranteed contract, which he is said to be looking for, but the Jets will have to consider all options if Rodgers turns them down.
There was a report midday Monday from former ESPN personality Trey Wingo that Rodgers, Packers and Jets agreed to the deal but sources said that was inaccurate and nothing developed later.
However, Wingo reports that the Jets were talking to Rodgers first last week and he may have been premature in his report, and he’s not wrong.
It seems certain that Rodgers will announce his decision on his terms.
Does this mean appearing on “The Pat McAfee Show?”
He has appeared on the show on Tuesdays during football season and announced his contract extension with Green Bay last year on the show.
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“It won’t be long,” Rodgers told former Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall on Saturday before he announces his decision.
He also said that there is a “time limit” to the decision, referring to free agency.
Rodgers’ only options appear to be to come to the Jets or retire.
Packers president Mark Murphy indicated last week in an interview that the team is ready to move on.
The Jets and Packers haven’t been crippled by Rodgers’ indecision, but it’s sure to help both teams know exactly what they’re doing as free agency rolls around.
Teams were allowed to negotiate with agents on Mondays and the new league year begins on Wednesday at 4 p.m
This is when contracts and deals can be executed and when teams must be under the salary cap.
Rodgers earned close to $60 million in 2023 and that will affect the budget and salary cap for any team he works for.
For now, all the Jets and everyone else can do is wait and hope that an answer comes from Rodgers sooner rather than later.
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