The New York Jets have Aaron Rogers to lead them into the promised land as they enter their 19th NFL season.
It’s a move that’s eerily similar to the one New York made 15 years ago when the organization switched to Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre.
Favre was entering his 18th season at the age of 38, while Rodgers will be playing his 19th season at the age of 39.
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And while the Favre era in New York didn’t go as planned, the Hall of Fame quarterback he thinks the Rodgers era will go swimmingly.
«Aaron will do great!» Favre said in a text message to ESPN’s Ed Werder. «He will handle the transition as well as anyone. [He’s a] Very intelligent and instinctive person, on and off the field. In other words, you’re not going to catch him off guard very often.
«And I think [he’s] the best at making everyone around him better. I’d rather not bet at all than against him.»
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Favre’s career with the Jets started off fast, starting the 2008 season 8-3 before New York lost four of its last five games to miss the playoffs.
It was revealed after the season that Favre suffered a torn biceps tendon in his right arm during the year.
Rodgers faces the challenge of leading the Jets to the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, and by Super Bowl for the first time since the 1968 season.
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The Jets gave up a lot to acquire him, sending Green Bay the 13th pick of the 2023 NFL Draft, a 2023 second-round pick, a 2023 sixth-round pick and a 2024 conditional second-round pick who becomes first. -round pick if Rodgers plays 65% of the snaps in 2023.
The Packers will send the 15th pick of the 2023 NFL Draft and a 2023 fifth-round pick to New York.