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I kept hearing about this Jets report people are making a huge deal over
and decided to see what all the fuss is over.
It was from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler saying the Jets are going to “scour the earth” for a new quarterback.
The bloggers have run with this because when somebody from ESPN says something, you must listen. They are at the top of the sports caste system, unlike Houston TV reporter Aaron Wilson who first reported Mike LaFleur was getting fired, but got gaslit.
But looking further into this stop the presses report that the Jets are going to “scour the earth” for a new QB, consider the reporter had a qualifier, not just at the beginning of his sentence, but at the end of his sentence.
“The expectation is they’re going to scour the earth for a new quarterback potentially.”
So he used the word “expectation” and “potentially” in the same sentence.
He tried to tell us twice in the same sentence he was just speculating.
He doesn’t know any more about their plans than you or I do.
By the way, the question was about if the Jets would look to trade for Aaron Rodgers, if the Packers put him and his $50 million contract this year on the market.
If the Packers trade Rodgers, they would take a $40 million cap hit.
If Christopher Johnson were still running the Jets, I don’t think a trade like this would happen, but with Woody Johnson, there is a much better chance.
Woody is a lot more hands-on with football decisions, and has made back-page headline-grabbing trades for quarterbacks before, like for Brett Favre and Tim Tebow, and was very instrumental in the team trading up for Mark Sanchez in the draft.
Joe Douglas was hired by Christopher Johnson. How happy he is now with a different boss, a more hands-on boss, you’d have to ask him?
But the bottom line is he signed up for one job scenario and now has another.
Look, I’m not stupid, I realize that if a QB like Rodgers becomes available, you look into it.
But it would take a lot of draft capital to do, probably two first-round picks, and you are landing a QB who will turn 40 during the 2023 season. Perhaps you would not be landing vintage Rodgers. Look what Denver did, trading a bunch of premium draft capital and some good players like TE Noah Fant and DT Shelby Harris to Seattle for Russell Wilson, only to find, he’s not the same player he was.
Are you willing to trade two first-round picks for a 40-year-old QB who might be slipping?
Don’t know if that is what Douglas would do of his own volition, but he now has a new boss, not the person who hired him, and his new boss is more hands-on and likes making a splash.
If I’m the Green Bay Packers, I don’t trade Rodgers. I tell him, “Either you want to make the $50 million here, or retire, and don’t make anything.”
He gives Green Bay a better chance to win than Jordan Love.
Remember what Packers President Mark Murphy said a couple of years ago when there was speculation about Aaron Rodgers – “We’re not idiots,” Murphy said. “Aaron Rodgers will be back.”
When it comes to the Packers, Murphy, a former NFL safety, and college athletic director, is the boss. Yes, Brian Gutekunst is the GM and Matt LaFleur is the coach, but Murphy is the football boss. No key decision is made without him checking off on it.
Murphy will turn 68 soon and is in legacy mode.
Do you think he wants to go with a young unproven QB right now?
And for all those people making a big deal about Fowler’s report, remember, he was just guessing and offered two qualifiers to soften his statement in the supposed money sentence.
January 25, 2023
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