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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he intends to play for the Jets in 2023

With Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, the Packers went 8-9 last season and missed the playoffs.Matt Ludtke/Associated Press

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Aaron Rodgers said Wednesday he intends to play for the New York Jets in 2023 after 18 seasons in Green Bay and the four-time NFL MVP quarterback is waiting for the Packers to trade him.

The 39-year-old Rodgers, speaking during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” on YouTube and Sirius XM, said he believes the Packers want to move on and make 2020 first-round draft pick Jordan Love their starting quarterback.

“I think since Friday I’ve made it clear that my intention was to play and my intention was to play for the New York Jets,” Rodgers said. “I haven’t been holding anything up at this point. It’s been compensation the Packers are trying to get for me, kind of digging their heels in.”


Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy has acknowledged the team granted the Jets permission to talk to Rodgers, the face of the franchise since 2008. The Jets sent a contingent that reportedly included owner Woody Johnson, coach Robert Saleh, and general manager Joe Douglas to Rodgers’s home in Southern California last week.

Rodgers expressed his appreciation for his 18 seasons in Green Bay but added that it’s time for the Packers “to do the right thing.”

“I have nothing but love in my heart for every Packer fan and everybody who works in the organization,” Rodgers said. “My life is better because of my time in Green Bay. But we’ve just got to look at the reality. They want to move on. They don’t want me to come back and that’s fine. They’re ready to move on with Jordan. That’s awesome. Jordan is going to be a great player.”

Rodgers says his intention is to play for the New York Jets in the coming season as the four-time NFL MVP quarterback waits for the Green Bay Packers to trade him.Jeffrey Phelps/Associated Press

The Packers declined to comment on Rodgers’s remarks, which followed days of speculation that his time in Green Bay might be done.


Murphy spoke of Rodgers in the past tense while discussing the quarterback’s future with Green Bay TV station WBAY last week.

“Very few players play for only one team,” Murphy said. “Aaron had a great career here. Regardless of what happens, Aaron will be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’ll be in our Hall of Fame. We’ll bring him back, retire his number. This is just one of the things that we go through as a team. We want to try to achieve something that’s good for both Aaron and us.”

In a separate interview that aired Friday on Green Bay TV station WCWF, Murphy said he would honor a trade request if Rodgers made one.

“It’s trying to find what he wants and what we want, and hopefully we can find a win-win situation,” Murphy said.

Rodgers had said at the end of the 2022 season that he would need time to decide whether to return to the Packers, request a trade or retire. He said Wednesday he had discussions with Packers officials regarding his future shortly after the team wrapped up a 8-9 season that ended a string of three straight NFC North titles.

“Everything that I was told in the week that I was in Green Bay was: ‘Take as long as you want and we want you to retire a Packer. If you want to come back and play, obviously the door is wide open,’ ” Rodgers said. “That was the information I was going on.”


As he pondered his future, Rodgers spent multiple days last month on a isolation retreat in Oregon, where he said he stayed alone in a room in total darkness.

Rodgers said he was 90 percent leaning toward retirement at the time of the retreat. When he was done with it, he said, he noticed a difference in the Packers’ approach toward his future with the franchise.

“Now when I came out of the darkness, something changed,” Rodgers said. “I’m not exactly sure what that was, but something changed ... I realized there had been a little bit of a shift. I heard from multiple people that I trust around the league — players mostly — that there was some shopping going on, that they were interested in actually moving me.”

Rodgers said that made him realize the Packers probably didn’t want him back.

“It was clear to me at that point, that although the Packers were going to say the right thing publicly, that they were ready to move on,” he said. “I don’t know what changed that or what moved that — if they just said, ‘Hey, we need to make a decision here because he hasn’t made a decision here yet.’ Again, there’s no victims here. I’m not sitting here as a victim.”

The Jets’ interest in Rodgers has been apparent as they seek to end the NFL’s longest active playoff drought. They lost their final six games while going 7-10 last season and haven’t reached the postseason since 2010.


Their new offensive coordinator is Nathaniel Hackett, who earned raves from Rodgers while coordinating Green Bay’s offense from 2019-21.

Hackett, center, and Rodgers were together in Green Bay from 2019 through 2021.Duane Burleson/Associated Press

“There’s a lot of reasons why the Jets are attractive,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “But there’s one coach that has meant as much to me as any coach I’ve ever had. And he happens to be the coordinator there.”

Saleh and Johnson both expressed their interest in adding a veteran quarterback to a roster that already features one of the league’s best defenses.

If Rodgers ends up with the Jets, it would be a case of history repeating itself.

The Packers sent a soon-to-be 39-year-old Brett Favre to the Jets in 2008, a move that ushered in Rodgers’s arrival as Green Bay’s starting quarterback. Favre won three MVPs with Green Bay during his Hall of Fame career.

Rodgers backed up Favre for three seasons after the Packers selected him out of California with the 24th overall pick in the 2005 draft. Love has backed up Rodgers for three seasons since the Packers traded up to take the former Utah State quarterback with the 26th overall pick.

Rodgers’s future has been the subject of speculation ever since the Packers selected Love. Rodgers acknowledged the selection caught him by surprise. One year later, he skipped the Packers’ mandatory minicamp in a standoff with Packers management.

But the sides eventually patched things up.

Rodgers signed a contract extension with the Packers last year after producing a second straight MVP season.


When he was asked last June at the Packers’ mandatory minicamp whether he expected to finish his career in Green Bay, Rodgers replied, “Yes. Definitely.”

Those plans apparently changed after a 2022 season in which he had his lowest passer rating as a starter (91.1) and threw 12 interceptions, his highest total since 2008. Now Rodgers believes his time in Green Bay is done.

“Coming to this reality has been really bittersweet,” Rodgers said. “I was drafted by Green Bay. I … love that city, love that organization. Always going to have love for that organization. But the facts are right now they want to move on, and now so do I.”

Mayfield signs with Buccaneers

The Buccaneers agreed on an $8.5 million, one-year contract with quarterback Baker Mayfield, a person with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press.

Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick by Cleveland in 2018, joins his third team since last July. He gets an opportunity to compete with Kyle Trask to replace Tom Brady, who retired after three seasons with the Buccaneers.

Mayfield was 1-5 as a starter last season in Carolina before he was released. He joined the Rams and went 1-3 in four starts.

Mayfield’s best season was 2020 when he led the Browns to an 11-5 record and a playoff win over the rival Steelers. Mayfield threw for 3,563 yards with 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions that season.

Brissett to Commanders

Jacoby Brissett agreed to terms with the Commanders on a one-year contract worth $10 million with $8 million guaranteed, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

Brissett becomes the experienced veteran quarterback the team wanted to bring in to push and compete with projected starter Sam Howell. Brissett threw for 2,608 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions last season with the Browns, starting 11 games while Deshaun Watson served his suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Brissett, a former draft pick of the Patriots, is on his way to Washington.Barry Chin

Brissett, 30, has played 76 and started 48 NFL games for the Patriots, Colts, Dolphins, and Browns since entering the league in 2016. He fills a void created by the release of Carson Wentz and the departure of Taylor Heinicke, who got a two-year contract worth up to $20 million from the Falcons.

Howell, a 2022 fifth-round pick out of North Carolina, goes into spring workouts as the No. 1 quarterback after winning his pro debut in Washington’s season finale.

Cowboys release Elliott

The Cowboys released running back Ezekiel Elliott, ending a seven-season run for a two-time rushing champion who never regained the form of his dominant early years. Elliott will be designated a post-June 1 cut. The move will save Dallas about $11 million under the salary cap this coming season. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the decision was mutual to let the 27-year-old Elliott pursue another team in free agency and give the Cowboys more financial flexibility in building a roster. While Elliott finished with 12 rushing touchdowns in a second consecutive playoff season for the Cowboys in 2022, his overall production never matched the value of a $90 million, six-year extension he signed to end a preseason-long holdout in 2019. Elliott has 8,262 career yards rushing, third on the Dallas list behind Pro Football Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s career leading rusher, and Tony Dorsett … The Eagles and six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox agreed on a $10 million, one-year contract. A first-round pick in 2012, Cox has been one of the league’s best inside defensive linemen for a decade. Cox has 65 sacks in 11 seasons, including seven in 2022 for the league’s No. 2-ranked defense … Safety Jordan Poyer has elected to stay put by reaching a two-year agreement to re-sign with the Bills after briefly testing free agency. Poyer’s return immediately solidifies Buffalo’s secondary, which stood to lose a key leader and contributor who spent much of the previous six seasons forming one of the NFL’s top safety tandems in playing alongside Micah Hyde. And it comes at a time with the Bills defense in transition following starting middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds’s departure to the Bears in free agency, and with coordinator Leslie Frazier choosing to take next season off from coaching. In another move, the Bills agreed to sign receiver Deonte Harty to a two-year contract that includes $5 million guaranteed and worth up to $13.5 million should he reach all the incentives. Harty spent his first four seasons with New Orleans where he also doubled as a returner. An undrafted free agent out of Assumption College, Harty had 64 catches for 793 yards in 40 career games. His best season came two years ago when he had 36 catches for 570 yards and three TDs … The Eagles released five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay. The move opened up $17.5 million of salary-cap space and pushed about $13 million of Slay’s cap hit to 2024 for a post-June 1 release. The 32-year-old Slay played a key role on defense for the NFC champion Eagles. He was acquired in a trade from Detroit in 2020 and had seven interceptions in three seasons in Philadelphia … The Panthers agreed to terms with former Eagles running back Miles Sanders and former Bengals tight end Hayden Hurst, both unrestricted free agents. Sanders ran for 1,126 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, helping the Eagles reach the Super Bowl. He has 3,708 rushing yards and 20 TDs in his first four seasons in the league, all with Philadelphia. Hurst was a first-round draft pick in 2018 who spent last season with the Bengals and caught 52 passes for 414 yards and two TDs. He also caught 13 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown in three postseason games with Cincinnati.