Jets sign Aaron Rodgers’ trusted weapon Allen Lazard from the ‘wishlist’, fuels trade speculations for the superstar QB
The team will hope that Lazard can continue to build on his strong performances and help them compete in a challenging AFC East division.
The Jets' signing of Allen Lazard is a significant move (Image via PackersWire)
It appears that things are finally starting to take shape at the New York Jets, after a period of uncertainty and speculation. Amid the highly talked ‘Aaron Rodgers to the Jets’ drama, one of the key pieces of his success, Allen Lazard, has just landed in the hands of the New York-based football team.
The New York Jets have signed free agent wide receiver Allen Lazard to a lucrative 4-year, $44M contract with $22M guaranteed, according to sources. The deal represents a significant investment for the Jets, who are looking to bolster their receiving corps and provide a reliable target for their ‘potential’ quarterback.
Lazard is coming off his best season with the Green Bay Packers, where he recorded 60 receptions for 788 yards and 6 touchdowns in 15 games. While his former team failed to make the playoffs last season, Lazard emerged as a consistent option for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and played a key role in the Packers’ offense.
This signing might be the final nail in the coffin for Rodgers‘ future with the Packers. The star quarterback has been the subject of trade rumors and speculation about his long-term plans in Green Bay. However, with Lazard now joining the Jets, it could signal that Rodgers and the Packers are nearing a resolution and that the legendary quarterback is finally ready to move on to a new team.
Goes without saying that the Jets’ signing of Lazard is a significant move that will strengthen their offense and potentially impact the quarterback market. The team will hope that Lazard can continue to build on his strong performances and help them compete in a challenging AFC East division.
Allen Lazard, one of the names from Aaron Rodgers’ Jets’ ‘wishlist’
While Allen Lazard’s trade is breaking news in itself, it does have another layer to it which could lead to a more, bigger outcome. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has reportedly given the New York Jets a list of free agents that he would like the team to sign. According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, Rodgers’ wishlist includes Odell Beckham Jr., Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, and Marcedes Lewis. And now that Lazard is officially a done deal for Jets, the ‘wishlists’ authenticity just strengthens.
This development has raised eyebrows in the NFL community, with some speculating that Rodgers is playing the role of general manager for the Jets. Despite reports that he has given the team a wishlist of free agents he wants them to sign, Rodgers’ official decision is yet to see the light. It’s speculated that by a day or two, the 4-time MVP will come out clean about his future and stop this conjecture.
Regardless of the motivations behind Rodgers’ wishlist, it is clear that the Jets will be looking to make some significant moves in free agency. Beckham, Cobb, and Lewis are all established NFL players with proven track records, and their addition would provide a significant boost to the Jets’ offense.
It remains to be seen whether the Jets will be able to land all of the players on Rodgers’ wishlist, but the fact that the quarterback is actively involved in the team’s free agency plans is an intriguing development. As the offseason progresses, all eyes will be on the Jets and their pursuit of top talent in the NFL.
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