Jets’ Aaron Rodgers Aiming To Play Into Mid-40s?

Before his Jets tenure officially started, Aaron Rodgers made it clear he did not intend for his time in New York to comprise a one-and-done venture. Things obviously did not go according to plan in 2023, however, with a Week 1 Achilles tear ending his season despite a bid to rehab in time for the end of the campaign.

In the wake of that development, Rodgers said in December he would not retire and instead play at least one more season. Even if his second Jets campaign yields better luck on the injury front, though, the 40-year-old is not convinced 2024 will mark the end of his playing days. He addressed his projected timeline during an appearance on the Look Into It Podcast with Eddie Bravo.

“I got back on the practice field late in the season and couldn’t get to a top speed sprinting, but really been in a good place rehab-wise, from the start, and feeling really good,” Rodgers said (video link). “I’m hopeful I can play two or three or four more years, but you need to have some good fortune in there to.”

Rodgers viewed his waning time with the Packers from a year-to-year standpoint, and the Achilles tear obviously represents a reason for doubts about his health from a short- and long-term perspective. The fact he is hoping to match Tom Brady in playing well into his 40s his certainly notable, however. Across the Jets organization, 2023 is seen as a throwaway campaign, with head coach Robert Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas set to remain in place. Improvement on offense will be a massive priority, and a healthy Rodgers occupying the QB1 role could go a long way to accomplishing that feat.

The four-time MVP remained productive through most of his final Green Bay seasons, earning the top honor in 2020 and ’21. Rodgers led the league in passer rating (among other categories) both seasons in that span, but his age and mobility will of course be watched closely in 2024. Avoiding further setbacks on the injury front will no doubt be necessary if he is to continue playing several more years.

Rodgers is under contract through 2025, and he is due more than $75MM over that span. The pay cut he agreed to in the summer will leave New York with manageable cap hits over that stretch ($17.16MM and $23.5MM), although his cap figure will spike to $63MM in 2026 as things currently stand. An adjustment to the pact will likely be needed if Rodgers is in position to continue playing by that point, something which is still on the table given his remarks.

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