Rodgers chooses Jets, Bucs sign Mayfield in free agency’s latest



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Andrew Kogan

After weeks of deliberation and months of speculation, Aaron Rodgers has chosen to play for the New York Jets.

Rodgers announced his 2023 plans on former NFL punter Pat McAfee’s Show on Wednesday, March 15, where he said, “I made it clear my intention was to play and to play for the New York Jets.”

Rodgers clarified that the delay of the inevitable trade between the Green Bay Packers and the Jets had nothing to do with him, saying, “I haven’t been holding anything up. It’s the compensation that the Packers are trying to get. … The Packers want to move on and have let me know that in so many words.”

The most obvious way that the Packers relayed this message to Rodgers was by drafting Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the First Round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Rather than adding offensive weapons around their prized Hall-of-Fame quarterback, general manager Brian Gutekunst drafted Rodgers’ future replacement, surprising many of the Packer faithful and raising eyebrows across the NFL.

While Rodgers’ time in Wisconsin may be coming to an end, the Packers are in no rush to trade him. After various teams grabbed several quarterbacks off the market, Green Bay knows that it has all the leverage in a potential deal with the Jets. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that, though the Packers aren’t looking for multiple first-round selections as is the case with previous quarterback trades, terms to a trade have still not been agreed upon.

As the Packers look to move on from arguably the greatest player in their franchise’s history, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to do the same after losing the legendary Tom Brady to retirement.

On Wednesday, the Bucs signed former first overall pick Baker Mayfield to a one-year, $8.5 million contract, according to Tom Pelissero, where he will compete with the young Kyle Trask for the No.1 spot. After playing a combined 10 games with the Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Rams last season, Mayfield finished the year with a disappointing 2-8 record.

In the NFC West, the Brock Purdy-led San Francisco 49ers have cut ties with Jimmy Garoppolo who signed a three-year $72.5 million contract with the Las Vegas Raiders on Tuesday, per Ian Rapaport. Garoppolo led the Niners to an impressive 38-17 record as a starter and even went to Super Bowl LIV before losing the contest to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Dallas Cowboys announced that they will be releasing 3x Pro-Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott on Wednesday, paving the way for rising star Tony Pollard to fully take over the Cowboys backfield after being named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career last season. Elliott, 27, led the NFL in rushing yards in 2016 and 2018 but has lost some of his game-changing ability due to injuries and inconsistency.

The New York Giants traded a third-round pick to the Las Vegas Raiders for tight end Darren Waller, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, adding another target for quarterback Daniel Jones.

Jalen Ramsey, one of the premier cornerbacks in the NFL, was traded by the Los Angeles Rams to the Miami Dolphins for a 2023 third-round pick and tight end Hunter Long, the Dolphins announced on Wednesday.