As the world continues to await word from Aaron Rodgers, the Jets appear to be close to adding some of their friends.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Gang Green is close to signing Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard, who is a free agent. The team is also targeting wide receiver Randall Cobb, who is one of Rodgers’ best friends and played 10 seasons in Green Bay with the veteran quarterback.
The Jets are still awaiting Rodgers’ decision on his future, as he could retire, accept a trade to the Jets or return to the Packers – although that seems less likely. On the first day of free agency, current NFL insider and former ESPN personality Trey Wingo said he heard, “Rodgers to the Jets is over.” However, sources say nothing has been finalized.
If they’re trying to convince Rodgers to join the Jets, adding familiar faces isn’t the worst thing in the world. Last season, Lazard recorded 60 receptions for 788 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 13.1 yards per reception. In his 12th season in the league, Cobb caught 34 passes for 417 yards and a touchdown.
The Jets need some help at receiver alongside Garrett Wilson, who was NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year after a season of 83 receptions, 1,103 yards and four touchdowns. No other wide receiver has caught more than 40 receptions, as tight end Tyler Conklin (58) and running back Michael Carter (41) were the Jets’ second and third best pass receivers in 2022.
While the NFL’s trade period has begun, the Jets can still release veteran Corey Davis for $10.5 million cap relief. In his two seasons with the Jets, Davis has not lived up to expectations after signing a three-year, $37.5 million deal that he signed with the Jets in 2021.
Last year, Davis finished with 32 catches for 536 yards and two touchdowns. During his two years with the Jets, Davis missed 12 games due to various injuries.
The Jets could also use more receiver help, as they are not extending a restricted free agent offer to Jeff Smith. In 2019, the Jets signed Smith as an undrafted free agent from Boston College. During his four seasons with the Jets, Smith recorded 34 receptions for 426 yards, as he was primarily used on special teams.
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