Packers QB Aaron Rodgers receives permission to speak with Jets
Trey Wingo first reported the news.
The due diligence signals sides could be preparing to part ways, but it doesn't preclude Rodgers from ultimately deciding he wants to remain in Green Bay or retire altogether.
Last week at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the rumor mill suggested the Packers were ready to move on from Rodgers. General manager Brian Gutekunst added fuel to those flames by talking up Jordan Love, including noting the former first-round pick is "ready" to start.
If Rodgers has indeed determined he wants to continue his playing days outside of Green Bay, the Jets make logical sense. Gang Green has said they want to bring in a veteran quarterback this offseason to pair with Zach Wilson. With Derek Carr choosing New Orleans on Monday, New York's top fallback option to Rodgers was taken off the board.
If the talks between Rodgers and the Jets go well, New York and Green Bay would have to work out a trade for the future Hall of Famer. The cost wouldn't be as exorbitant as it might have been last year, particularly given the fact that Rodgers' contract will need to be adjusted to make the numbers work under the salary cap.
There are still several more hurdles before Rodgers becomes an ex-Packer, but the race has officially started.