Jan 7, 2024; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8)  walks off of the field before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers out as guest on Pat McAfee’s show

Aaron Rodgers has been cut — by “The Pat McAfee Show.”

McAfee announced at the outset of Wednesday’s show on ESPN that the New York Jets quarterback will no longer appear this season. Rodgers had been scheduled to appear throughout the NFL playoffs, the New York Post reported.

“So ‘Aaron Rodgers Tuesday,’ Season 4, is done,” McAfee told his audience. “There could be a lot of people that are happy with that, myself included, to be honest with you. The way it ended, it got real loud. I am happy that he’s not going to be in my mentions going forward, which is great news.”

McAfee’s decision comes in the wake of Rodgers last week suggesting, falsely, that ABC late-night TV show host Jimmy Kimmel’s name was on soon-to-be-released court documents of people connected to convicted pedophile, the late Jeffrey Epstein, who would ferry friends and associates to his Caribbean island to have trysts with underage girls.

McAfee apologized for his role in Rodgers’ comments about Kimmel but the QB did not.

Disney owns both ABC and ESPN.

In his appearance on Tuesday, Rodgers went after Kimmel some more and ranted about COVID vaccines. He also ribbed sportswriters and an ESPN executive. Rodgers’ beef with Kimmel dates to 2021, when the comedian first went after Rodgers for his cryptic comments about being “immunized” against COVID and then testing positive for the virus.

It was apparently enough for McAfee, who has said previously he paid seven figures for Rodgers’ weekly appearances.

“We’ve given a lot of people who have been waiting for us to fail a lot of ammo, and things to attack us for over the last week,” McAfee said Wednesday. “And we would love to get back to the point where we just move on.”

–Field Level Media

Apr 26, 2023; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) (center) is introduced during the introductory press conference alongside general manager Joe Douglas (left) and head coach Robert Saleh (right) at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports

Jets owner: Robert Saleh, GM Joe Douglas to return in 2024

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson confirmed Sunday that head coach Robert Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas will return for the 2024 season.

“My decision is to keep them,” Johnson told the New York Post. “I think we’ve had some very positive moves. The culture of the team is a lot better. The defense is better. The offense needs a few pieces.”

The main piece added in the offseason was star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, however the four-time NFL MVP sustained a torn Achilles on the fourth offensive play in the season opener on Sept. 11. The Jets have limped to a 5-9 record and will miss the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season.

New York has a 16-32 record under Saleh and a 25-55 mark since Douglas was hired in 2019. The Jets have not more than seven games in a season under their leadership.

NFL.com reported that the Jets are expected to keep offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett for the 2024 season. Hackett was the offensive coordinator in Green Bay from 2019-21 and worked with Rodgers there.

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Dec 17, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) looks on from the sideline against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Jets activate QB Aaron Rodgers for practice, insist he won’t play

The New York Jets activated quarterback Aaron Rodgers from injured reserve in a procedural move with no intention of putting him on the field for another game this season.

The Jets want Rodgers to continue practicing with the team but insist he’s not an option to replace Zach Wilson (concussion) for the Christmas Eve game with the Washington Commanders.

Rodgers, 40, held out hope he’d be able to return this month from the torn Achilles he suffered in the opening week of the season, but with the Jets eliminated from playoff contention, head coach Robert Saleh put an end to that speculation on Wednesday.

“We’re still going to keep him on the active. … It’s all part of his rehab,” Saleh said about the four-time league Most Valuable Player. “Just having him on the football field is a plus for everybody. It’s a plus for him, it’s a plus for his teammates.”

Rodgers said this week on the “Pat McAfee Show” that he’s not physically ready to play. An Achilles tear and surgery typically brings a recovery and rehab period of between 10 and 12 months.

Saleh said the Jets had the “roster flexibility with all the different things that have happened to us the last couple of weeks” to make the move.

Rodgers returned to practice on Nov. 29, opening the 21-day window to either return to the active roster or be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

The Jets are shorthanded when it comes to quarterbacks. Wilson is in the NFL’s concussion protocol. If he can’t play against the Commanders (4-10), the Jets (5-9) likely will turn to veteran backup Trevor Siemian.

–Field Level Media

Dec 17, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) walks onto the field during an injury timeout in the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers: ‘ I don’t think next year will be my last year’

New York Jets injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers has turned his attention to 2024 and beyond after spending the last three months talking about returning to the club before the end of this season.

While Rodgers said Tuesday on “The Pat McAfee Show” that he’d be pushing to play if he felt it was feasible — and if the Jets were in contention for the playoffs — as he works his way back from a torn Achilles sustained in the season opener on Sept. 11. New York (5-9), however, was eliminated from postseason consideration after losing for the sixth time in seven games with a 30-0 setback to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

So, will next season be his final one for the four-time NFL MVP?

“I don’t think so,” Rodgers said. “I felt like when I came here that I got a renewed passion and love for the game. Everything has been amazing here. … I wanted at least two years. I feel like this year is kind of a lost year now that I only played a couple of snaps. Wasn’t able to go out there and prove what I’m capable of, what we’re capable of as a team. I don’t think next year will be my last year.”

The Jets opened the 21-day practice window for Rodgers on Nov. 29. They have until Wednesday to activate the 40-year-old from injured reserve or leave him on for the remainder of the season.

–Field Level Media

East Rutherford, NJ     December 3, 2023 -- Aaron Rodgers of the Jets on the sidelines, late in the second half. The Atlanta Falcons topped the NY Jets 13-8 at MetLife Stadium on December 3, 2023 in East Rutherford, NJ.

Reports: Aaron Rodgers to be medically cleared for Week 16

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be medically cleared to return to action next week ahead of Week 16, ESPN and the NFL Network reported Saturday night.

Whether the 5-8 Jets put Rodgers back in play remains to be seen. NFL Network, in fact, reported it’s a longshot that the Jets would play him. His recovery from a torn Achilles suffered in Week 1 is astounding, nonetheless.

The Jets are still alive in the playoff hunt, entering Sunday’s game as the No. 13 seed in the AFC. A win Sunday over Miami could impact the team’s decision.

The Jets, who opened the 21-day practice window for Rodgers on Nov. 29, have until Wednesday to activate Rodgers from injured reserve or leave him on for the remainder of the season.

Rodgers has continuously said he wants to return this season provided he’s healthy and the team is “alive” in the AFC playoff race. Christmas Eve is the Jets’ third-to-last regular-season game, at home against the Washington Commanders, so that might not be enough time for Rodgers to singlehandedly resurrect the Jets’ season.

Much rides on Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers reacts during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jets QB Aaron Rodgers cleared for return to practice

The New York Jets on Wednesday opened the 21-day practice window for Aaron Rodgers, less than three months after the star quarterback sustained a torn Achilles in the team’s season opener.

The Jets will have until Dec. 20 to activate Rodgers from injured reserve.

Coach Robert Saleh told reporters on Wednesday that Rodgers would be limited in practice.

“I know we’re getting caught up in trying to create a narrative around it, but the true narrative is he’s old school in the sense that he’s driven,” Saleh said. “Is there motivation to be the first ever to do it? Sure, that’s OK. That’s his why.

“… It’s a mentality that young guys should be able to grasp. He loves this organization, he wants to be with his teammates, he wants to be here. I think he’s sacrificed so much already for the organization, and himself, and his teammates, and he’s doing it again. It’s a testament to who he is as a human.”

The move also comes one day after Rodgers broached the topic during his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.”

“It’s always been, first, am I healthy, and then are we alive, are we in it, are we playing good enough to make a run? Can I step in and protect myself and play at the level that I feel like I’m capable of playing? But the first part is to help so can I protect myself, can I move around the way I want to move around, so there’s a natural progression here to the rehab,” he said.

“And, you know, that’s going to involve actually getting back onto the field to start to do some things that are more football related but again, we’re still not where I can make a decision on playing.”

Behind beleaguered Zach Wilson and his replacement, Tim Boyle, the Jets are 4-7 and currently out of the playoff picture. They host the Atlanta Falcons (5-6) on Sunday.

The four-time NFL Most Valuable Player said Tuesday that doctors haven’t cleared him.

“I think the step is just getting back onto the field and doing some more real football things,” Rodgers said. “Throw to my teammates and go through some individual part of practice. I think will be kind of the next step to see what my lateral movement is like, and after going through some of these more football related moves, how do I respond? How does my leg respond to that?”

–Field Level Media

East Rutherford, NJ     November 24, 2023 -- Zach Wilson and Aaron Rodgers of the Jets in the first half as the Miami Dolphins defeated the NY Jets 34-13 at MetLife Stadium on November 24, 2023 in East Rutherford, NJ to play in the first    Black Friday    NFL game.

Aaron Rodgers’ return depends on Jets’ record

New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers is getting closer to returning to the field from a torn Achilles, but he isn’t physically ready to make a decision about playing again this season.

Some of the decision-making process will involve whether the Jets have a chance at a playoff berth, he said during his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday.

Rodgers, who turns 40 on Saturday, suffered the injury on his first series with the Jets during the season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 11.

“It’s always been, first, am I healthy, and then are we alive, are we in it, are we playing good enough to make a run? Can I step in and protect myself and play at the level that I feel like I’m capable of playing? But the first part is to help so can I protect myself, can I move around the way I want to move around, so there’s a natural progression here to the rehab,” he said.

“And, you know, that’s going to involve actually getting back onto the field to start to do some things that are more football related but again, we’re still not where I can make a decision on playing.”

Behind beleaguered Zach Wilson and his replacement, Tim Boyle, the Jets are 4-7 and currently out of the playoff picture. They host the Atlanta Falcons (5-6) on Sunday.

The four-time NFL Most Valuable Player said Tuesday that doctors haven’t cleared him.

“I think the step is just getting back onto the field and doing some more real football things,” Rodgers said. “Throw to my teammates and go through some individual part of practice. I think will be kind of the next step to see what my lateral movement is like, and after going through some of these more football related moves, how do I respond? How does my leg respond to that?”

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers reacts during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jets QB Aaron Rodgers running on treadmill, encouraged by rehab

Aaron Rodgers shared positive news about his efforts to recover from a torn Achilles tendon on “The Pat McAfee Show” Tuesday.

“I’m excited about where I’m at in my rehab and things are progressing as quickly as I thought they would once I’ve been able to jog on a treadmill,” Rodgers said. “Excited about getting back to the team and seeing where I’m at.”

Rodgers, who turns 40 on Dec. 2, reportedly is targeting a mid-December return, but he did not offer a specific timeline for his return. He sustained the injury in the first quarter of the Jets’ opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Also during the show, Rodgers pointed out recent teams with 4-6 records, like the Jets, that came back to make deep runs in the playoffs — the Rodgers-led 2016 Green Bay Packers, who ultimately won eight straight games and two playoff rounds before losing to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game, and the 2009 New York Jets, who finished 9-7 before losing in the AFC Championship to the Indianapolis Colts.

“So listen, the season is definitely not over, it’s not dead. There’s a lot left to play for,” Rodgers said.

The Jets are in third place in the AFC East. They benched quarterback Zach Wilson Monday and will start veteran Tim Boyle against the Miami Dolphins (7-3) on Friday.

–Field Level Media

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and wide receiver Davante Adams (17) in action against the San Francisco 49ers during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jets to pursue WR Davante Adams in offseason trade

The New York Jets once again will inquire about reuniting three-time All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams with Aaron Rodgers during the offseason, ESPN reported Sunday.

The Jets reportedly talked with the Las Vegas Raiders about acquiring Adams prior to last month’s trade deadline.

Adams, who turns 31 on Dec. 24, played eight seasons with Rodgers during his time with the Green Bay Packers.

Adams erupted for 100 catches for 1,516 yards and a league-leading 14 receiving touchdowns during his first season with Las Vegas in 2022, but he has expressed frustration with his role in the Raiders’ offense this season. He has just 57 receptions for 659 yards and three scores in 2023.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Adams has 826 catches for 10,296 yards and 90 touchdowns in 143 career games with the Packers (2014-21) and Raiders.

Rodgers, who turns 40 on Dec. 2, is attempting to come back from a ruptured Achilles and is targeting a mid-December return. The four-time NFL MVP sustained the injury in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

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Oct 15, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh (left) an dquarterback Aaron Rodgers (right) looks on during the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Jets’ Robert Saleh: Aaron Rodgers will play if he wants to

If Aaron Rodgers receives medical clearance and wants to play this season, New York Jets coach Robert Saleh said the four-time NFL MVP will take the field.

“Aaron’s a big boy, a grown man, and no one’s going to know Aaron’s body like Aaron knows his body,” Saleh said Wednesday. “And if he feels after all the doctors clear him — I’m sure there’s a million of them, I have no idea — but if Aaron says he wants to play, he’s going to play.”

Rodgers, who turns 40 on Dec. 2, is attempting to come back from a ruptured Achillies and is targeting a mid-December return.

“We’ve got to be in the mix, and I’ve got to be healthy, and I definitely still want to come back,” Rodgers said Tuesday on ESPN.

Part of his decision will depend on whether the Jets (4-5) can stay in the playoff hunt. On a two-game losing streak, the Jets play a pair of rivals ahead of them in the AFC East, the Buffalo Bills (5-5) on Sunday and Miami Dolphins (6-3) on the day after Thanksgiving.

Rodgers has been rehabbing in Los Angeles and flying to attend Jets games. He said he’s planning to fully rejoin the team next week.

“I would imagine he’s going to want to acclimate to the meetings and reconnect himself,” Saleh said. “There’s been a lot of changes to the system since he’s been out, and just trying to figure things out with the guys that we have.

“I have an admiration for him. We’re very young on the offensive side of the ball and his veteran presence is always welcome. [He’ll be able to] just get himself back in the building, get reacclimated around his teammates, re-involved in meetings. Then whenever his clock starts, it starts — if he’s able.”

If cleared to resume practicing, Rogers will have 21 days to be activated. If the Jets don’t activate him, he will remain on injured reserve for the rest of the season.

–Field Level Media