Jets Tried To Trade For Rams QB Matthew Stafford Trade Before Acquiring Aaron Rodgers

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The New York Jets reportedly explored the a trade for Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford before ultimately acquiring then-Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Jets’ initial pursuit of Rodgers faced uncertainty due to various factors, including Rodgers’ intentions for the 2023 season and concerns about his participation.

As the Jets’ pursuit of Rodgers hit a snag, the report indicate that they reached out to the Rams to inquire about the availability of Matthew Stafford in a potential trade.

However, discussions between New York and Los Angeles were described as brief and straightforward.

Rapoport adds that the Rams were resolute in their stance that Stafford was not on the trading block. While the discussions were more exploratory in nature, the Rams demonstrated no willingness to part ways with their quarterback.

The Jets, determined to secure a franchise quarterback, explored all potential avenues.

The Jets were not the only team inquiring about the Rams’ assets. Several quarterback-needy teams reportedly contacted the Rams to inquire about Stafford’s availability, as well as that of other key Rams players.

While the Rams did trade star cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Miami Dolphins in March, they retained the core of their roster.

Ultimately, the Jets concluded months of negotiations by trading for Aaron Rodgers on April.

With Rodgers at the helm, the Jets are set for a highly anticipated debut as they prepare to take on the Bills in prime-time on Monday night.