De Facto GM? C’mon now

In The Athletic’s expose last week about the Jets, an NFL source reportedly said that Aaron Rodgers is the Jets “de facto general manager.”

That is kind of ridiculous.

Did he influence some Jets decisions, like the hiring of Nathaniel Hackett, and the signing of a handful of players? No doubt.

But how does that make him the “de facto general manager?”

Should the Jets listen a little less to Rodgers on personnel decisions? Probably, but once again, how many decisions are we talking about here?

When it comes to the 90-man roster entering camp, how involved is Rodgers in that? The three-day draft process, how involved is Rodgers in that?

Joe Douglas is the Jets’ GM. He listens to Rodgers sometimes. And this wouldn’t make the Jets the only team that bounces things off a superstar QB.

There is no “de facto GM.”

Sometimes these stories can take on a life of their own.


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Dan Leberfeld
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