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Anybody who thinks . . .

they know what Aaron Rodgers is thinking, is grasping at straws.

Everybody wants to deliver a scoop, but what do they truly know?

A lot of people just throw things against the wall and hope it sticks?

And while they do this, they get linked to by aggregation sites and get plenty of clicks.

Like for instance, a “scoop” that went viral, and you will read it referenced all over the internet.

ESPN’s Diana Russini tweeted:

“In the wake of an extensive in-person meeting between Aaron Rodgers & New York Jets brass, including owner Woody Johnson, there’s optimism in the Jets’ organization that they are on the brink of landing the future Hall of Fame QB, sources close to the situation tell ESPN,” tweeted Russini.

Let’s break this report down for a second.

First of all, not sure who is talking from the Jets, but if I worked there, I wouldn’t talk right now. I would just let this play out. Perhaps pipe down.

Remember, when they met with Derek Carr, that meeting went great, right? Remember he reportedly hit it off with Robert Saleh, and somebody from the Jets reportedly told Carr they could win a Super Bowl with him and he could get to the Hall of Fame.

“Derek Carr’s visit with the Jets on Monday went ‘really well,” Russini tweeted. “They said ‘We believe if you come to New York and win, you could be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.'”

If they said that, they perhaps should have given him $50 million a year and locked him up. What else would you want from a QB aside from a Hall-of-Fame level performance and delivering a Super Bowl? Seriously. That isn’t sarcasm.

He signed with the Saints for $37.5 million per.

So take team officials feeling good coming out of a free agent meeting with a grain of salt.

And remember, there are tiers of insiders. Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport usually get the filet mignon.

It’s just the way it is. They get the wagyu beef, and the rest of the insiders often get the ground chuck. I’m not looking to pick on anybody, just dealing with the reality of the situation. It is what is it.

Russini reported on December 28, 2019, the Jaguars told Doug Marrone he would be fired following Jacksonville’s (5-10) season finale vs. the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field.

“Reports that Doug Marrone will be dismissed after Sunday’s game are 100 percent incorrect,” team spokesman Jim Woodcock tweeted. “Owner Shad Khan will meet with his football staff, which includes coaching and personnel, midweek next week.”

He coached the following season in Jacksonville.

The Athletic reported about Rodgers and the Jets, that Woody Johnson was reluctant to pay the full $59.5 million Rodgers is scheduled to make this year.

Of course not. That number needs to be reworked. We all know that. It’s not that Rodgers would have to give back the money, but the deal needs to be tweaked to lower the cap hit this year. Rodgers knows that.

The bottom line is coming out of a meeting feeling positive about something can be a little overrated.

Nobody is in Rodgers’ head. He’s the only one who knows where he’s leaning.

Rodgers is doing his due diligence now. Calling around. Researching the Jets.

How strong is their culture? You can talk about good culture, but very few teams truly have them.

The Jets released a great culture player on Thursday – Braxton Berrios.

But Elijah Moore who, according to The Atheltic, told former OC Mike LaFleur to “go f— yourself” and “you suck” and asked for a trade, he’s fine, but Berrios, who did everything they asked him of him, kick returner, punt returner, receiver, doing all their shows, playing hurt all the time, he’s gone. Who’d a thunk they get rid of that guy? Could have been a guy Rodgers loved throwing to – smart, shifty receiver with a great feel for coverages.

The Jets’ cultural reboot is still a work in progress, especially after losing their last six games last year.

Hey, Rodgers could land with the Jets, but nobody knows what he’s thinking right now. He has a lot to ponder right now.

March 9, 2023

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeldhttps://www.jetsconfidential.com
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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