Aaron Rodgers’ Hidden Value for New York Jets

    Before he even plays a regular-season down, Aaron Rodgers is the most talented quarterback in New York Jets history. But that's not all he brings to the table.

    When the New York Jets finished their OTA sessions in June, word emanating from around the team was that 10-time Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers was an even better leader than they anticipated.

    One example was when the four-time NFL MVP called third-year QB Zach Wilson over to have him listen in and view how he called one of the situational drills (believed to be the two-minute or four-minute offense), a source said.

    And while Rodgers didn’t practice a whole lot during the spring sessions, his presence was clearly felt. Whether it was bonding with his new coaches or with some of the front office members, Rodgers made it a point to connect with members of his new team.

    So far in training camp, word around the team is Rodgers, who is in his 19th NFL season, has been very sharp in practice and has quickly developed outstanding chemistry with second-year wide receiver Garrett Wilson in particular.

    Rodgers joined the Jets in the offseason via a trade that was months in the making. After significant back and forth, the Jets and Green Bay Packers agreed on the following trade terms:

    The Jets received Rodgers, pick No. 15 in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, and a 2023 fifth-round pick (No. 170). Green Bay received pick No. 13, a 2023 second-round pick (No. 42), a 2023 sixth-round pick (No. 207), and a conditional 2024 second-rounder. The conditional choice will convert to a first-round pick if Rodgers plays 65% of the Jets’ offensive snaps next season.

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