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Sources Say Aaron Rodgers Gives Jets Free Agents Wish List

FLOWERHAM PARK, NJ – If quarterback Aaron Rodgers lands with the New York Jets in a trade, he’ll love being surrounded by some of his BFFs.

Sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini that the Green Bay Packers star has supplied the Jets with a wish list of free agents, and it includes Odell Beckham Jr.

Notably, the list also features three former Packers teammates: wide receivers Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb and tight end Mercedes Lewis.

Lazard agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract with the Jets on Tuesday, a source told ESPN, confirming a report from theScore.com. Both sides are still working through the final details of the contract.

The Jets have expressed interest in the other two Packers free agents, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It’s not known whether they reached out to Beckham, but he was represented at their open workout for NFL teams last week in Arizona. Beckham, who has recovered from major knee surgery, is looking for a new team.

Rodgers has never played with Beckham, but they are friends, and the quarterback has said in the past that he would like to team up with him at some point.

The Jets have three returning starters at receiver: Garrett Wilson, Elijah Moore and Corey Davis. Wilson was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Davis could be expendable, as he is due to make $10.5 million non-guaranteed in the final year of his contract. The Jets also have former second-round pick Denzel Mims.

New Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was the Packers coordinator for three years (2019-21), so he got a chance to coach Lazard and Lewis during that stretch. He only had Cobb for one year in Green Bay (2021). Going back, he was on the staff of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016–17 during Lewis’ long tenure with the team.

The Jets may look to Lazard as a replacement for Davis, but Rodgers’ impact is fueling interest in Cobb, 32, and Lewis, 38. Excessive speaking of Lewis.

“A guy like Mercedes Lewis, he’s an important cog in the wheel of the locker room and the momentum of the team,” Rodgers said during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” in January. “He’s a guy I want to end my career with. If I’m playing, I want that guy next to me.

“I want the Randall Cobbs of the world – if he continues to play – in my locker room. Guys you can win this. Allen Lazard, Bobby Tonin, David Bakhtiari. There are a lot of interesting names we’ll see if the locker If some of the glue guys in the room are willing to re-sign, it will be an interesting conversation.”

The jet-packers trade is still not settled. The sources said both teams and Rodgers remain in contact as they try to work through the final stages of a potential deal. Rodgers said over the weekend that there would be a solution soon.

Rodgers will appear on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET, possibly with news on his playing future.

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