The 2023 NFL season has been a challenging one for the New York Jets. Going into this season, Jets fans had high aspirations with veteran QB Aaron Rodgers leading the way. However, any aspirations for the 2023 season were quickly taken away just four snaps into the season.
That is because Rodgers tore his Achilles in that timespan. Since then, there has been speculation as to if Rodgers would make a miraculous return before the end of the 2023 season. There has also been speculation as to how much more time Rodgers has in the NFL. Well, Rodgers touched on both today.
New York Jets QB Aaron Rodgers Reveals Career Timeline
In an interview with Pat McAfee today, Rodgers touched on how much longer he wants to play in the NFL. Considering he played just four snaps in the 2023 NFL season, Rodgers revealed that he did not count this season as the first with the New York Jets.
Originally, Rodgers committed two years to the Jets. Now, he wants to reset that clock. He told McAfee:
“I don’t think next year will be my last year.” -Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers just turned 40 earlier this month. If this interview is any indication, Rodgers has plans to play up to his 42nd birthday. Assuming the Jets are on board with Rodgers’ new timeline, that means he could play two more full seasons in a Jets uniform.
Chasing Tom Brady’s Ending?
Two things that are concerning for Rodgers are that he is coming off of a major injury and he is 40 years old. However, he has a few similar things going for him as Tom Brady.
For one thing, both quarterbacks built up first-ballot Hall of Fame resumes with one team for nearly two decades. Rodgers did it with the Green Bay Packers and Brady did it with the New England Patriots. Fans and media members speculated that both may retire once they left their respective teams.
However, Brady had one final chapter of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was 43 years old in his first season with the Buccaneers. Nevertheless, he was able to capture a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay.
It could be something that Rodgers is chasing. Rodgers could match Brady by finishing his career with 20+ seasons while winning a Super Bowl with two different teams. On top of that, he could potentially win a Super Bowl in his 40s like Brady did with Tampa Bay.
Brady stayed with Tampa Bay for three years. If Rodgers goes through with this new timeline, he will play for the Jets for three seasons. He seems optimistic that he can win it all with the Jets.
“We don’t need to rebuild. We need to reload.” -Aaron Rodgers