“There’s no worry on my end,” WR Allen Lazard REVEALS Aaron Rodgers was the reason he signed with the New York Jets
Allen Lazard says Aaron Rodgers was one of the big reason why he signed with the Jets.
Aaron Rodgers and Allen Lazard (Image via Bleacher Report)
The New York Jets are going all in to win the Super Bowl in the 2023 season. The Jets are currently in the process of signing 4x NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers to their roster. To make the transition easy for the superstar quarterback, the team signed a lot of weapons on the offense in free agency. One of them being Rodgers’ former Packers teammate Allen Lazard.
Wide receiver Allen Lazard signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Jets a day before Aaron Rodgers revealed on The Pat McAfee Show that he wished to play for the New York Jets. Lazard caught passes from Rodgers during their time together in Green Bay and the two definitely had a chat before the wideout inked his deal. The 27-year-old told TMZ Sports that the veteran signal-caller was “a big reason” why he agreed to be a Jet.
Allen Lazard also mentioned that other than playing with his former quarterback, he joined the Jets because his Packers’ offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is also in New York. So, it’s a familiar environment for Lazard to play in and he won’t have to adjust too much to create that momentum in 2023. While Rodgers has said that he will be a Jet, the deal still hasn’t gone through because the Jets and the Packers have reached a stalemate regarding the quarterback’s compensation.
However, Lazard isn’t sweating it because he is confident the deal will go through shortly. “There’s no worry on my end. Especially knowing that Aaron has his full-on commitment to being a New York Jet this year,” he said.
Allen Lazard becomes the latest of the Jets’ acquisitions to form a Super Bowl team
Allen Lazard signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2018. Green Bay signed him off of the Jags practice squad in December 2018 and was promoted to the active roster the next year. He played for the Packers for five seasons where he caught 169 receptions for 2,236 yards and 20 touchdowns. He has been a stalwart receiver for Rodgers when his primary target Davante Adams was not open to throw the ball.
With Adams out of the picture, Lazard became the primary target for Rodgers last season and he had a career-high 60 receptions. The Iowa State alum will join Garrett Wilson and Corey Davis as the primary receivers for Rodgers in the coming season. The Jets are looking like a championship team and ready to dominate in the AFC and make it to the Super Bowl.
It’ll be interesting how they fare in 2033 and whether they’re able to reach the world championship with all the noise they’ve made in the offseason.