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When Aaron Rodgers met the supposedly merciless New York media for the first time as a member of the Jets, he saw more softballs than Fireman Ed’s family picnic.

This year, whenever Rodgers meets with reporters for the first time in 2024 campaign, it could get interesting.

The last time he spoke to New York reporters, he explained the importance of having no distractions in 2024. That nothing about other than winning should be part of the building.

Then came the sudden, silly, and short-lived connection to the presidential ticket of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Rodgers was never running, but he allowed the story to both give Kennedy’s snowball’s chance campaign a boost — and to make Rodgers’s eventual, inevitable pivot to politics less jarring when it happens.

Along the way, his propensity to embrace conspiracy theories became more obvious, with CNN reporting that he has questioned whether the Sandy Hook shootings were a government job and Rodgers himself suggesting that HIV was a government-created pandemic.

The New York Times recently took a deep dive into his tinfoil-hat habits. Whether that causes those who will question Rodgers during press conferences to shed the kid gloves remains to be seen.

Maybe they will. The honeymoon is over. Rodgers, who loves to play the victim, has been insulated from direct scrutiny, so far.

He usually speaks only in safe spaces. What will happen when reporters covering the Jets get their next chance to talk to him? League rules require it during Phase Three of the offseason program.

Will he be pressed on his apparent belief that everything is a conspiracy? Will he be asked whether he thinks Sandy Hook was an inside job? Whether he thinks 9/11 was an inside job? Whether he thinks Joe Biden isn’t really Joe Biden? Why he thinks it’s a “weird coincidence” that John F. Kennedy Jr. died in a plane crash when he was running for the Senate against Hillary Clinton, even if Kennedy apparently wasn’t running?

Will Rodgers face aggressive questions if/when he spews more nonsense? Because so much of it is nonsense. And it’s potentially dangerous nonsense.

While some things that happen might not be what they seem, it’s impossible for EVERYTHING to be part of some grand plan to hide some sinister truth from an unsuspecting public. Having Rodgers pushing that crap on major platforms without any pushback feeds the delusions of vulnerable people.

Rodgers has every right to think whatever he wants to think. He doesn’t have a right to spew it without anyone ever questioning him, if he’s going to work in an industry that requires periodic exposure to the media. The next time he’s exposed to the media, hopefully someone from the media will try to expose with a little more clarity some of the outlandish things Rodgers apparently believes.

Three years after quarterback Zach Wilson was the consensus No. 2 overall pick in the draft, the Jets are ready to move on. Wilson clearly is, too.

Via Rich Cimini of, Wilson did not report for the start of voluntary workouts this week.

It’s a smart move by Wilson. It’s his only move. The Jets no longer want him around. But they also want to have their cake and not eat it, too.

The Jets, presumably following the lead of owner Woody Johnson, are playing games with Wilson. They won’t cut him while they hope to trade him. To date, no one has shown any interest in trading for him.

The Jets owe Wilson $5.4 million for 2024, fully guaranteed. If they were to cut him, they’d get an offset in the amount of the league minimum of $1.055 million, if someone else signs him. If no one else signs him, they’d owe the full amount.

Johnson’s attitude is simple. If we have to pay him, we’ll keep him. Even if he’s now third on the depth chart, behind Aaron Rodgers and Tyrod Taylor.

At some level, the Jets might be hoping that Wilson will agree to give up a chunk of his guaranteed salary in order to get his freedom. Or maybe they’ll wait for a team to get desperate following an in-season injury to a starter.

Some would say the Jets’ refusal to cut Wilson is just another sign of the franchise’s ongoing and chronic dysfunction. Look at the other teams that drafted first-round quarterbacks in 2021. While Johnson surely thinks that the Jets can get something for Wilson (like the 49ers did for Trey Lance, like the Bears did for Justin Fields, and like the Patriots did for Mac Jones), at this point the better long-term approach would be to just let him go.

Not as a favor to Wilson. But as a message to whoever the next first-round potential franchise quarterback the Jets will select.

Why do you think the Bears let Fields hand pick his next destination? With Caleb Williams on the way in, the Bears needed to show him that, if things go poorly, they’ll do right by him. And so they did right by Fields.

Are the Jets doing right by Wilson, by stubbornly squatting on him until someone gives them a late-round pick? That’s for Wilson to decide. More importantly, that’s for the next high-end prospect the Jets will be thinking about taking with an inevitable top-five pick to decide.

For now, they have Aaron Rodgers. If things go sideways this year, they’ll be looking for a new franchise quarterback as soon as next year.

Would a top prospect want to play for the Jets? In making the decision, the treatment of Zach Wilson absolutely becomes a factor.

Former Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards, who previously coached the Jets and the Chiefs, likely won’t be coaching in college again any time soon, if ever.

Via Noah Furtado of, the NCAA has issued a three-year “show cause” order to Edwards for his role in recruiting violations within the program.

This means that, for the duration of the order, any school that hires Edwards will have to show cause as to why they should not be sanctioned by the NCAA.

The violations arose from meetings with more than 30 high-school recruits during the COVID-19 “dead” period.

Arizona State also was ordered to vacate 10 wins from 2021 and 2022. This drops Edwards’s ASU record to 18-20.

Raiders coach Antonio Pierce, an assistant at Arizona State under Edwards, remains under investigation by the NCAA. Pierce could also face a “show cause” order.

Edwards currently works for ESPN. He returned to the network after leaving Arizona State.

The Jets have not made a decision on offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker’s fifth-year option yet. They have until May 2 to pick up the option.

“We haven’t talked about that yet,” General Manager Joe Douglas told beat reporters Friday. “We have a little time after the draft. I’ll definitely update you guys on that post-draft.”

The option would cost the Jets a guaranteed $15.313 million for 2025, so it would seem likely the team would decline the option.

The 14th overall pick in the 2021 draft has played only 12 games the past two seasons because of injury. He tore an Achilles five games into the 2023 season.

He started 16 games as a rookie, and his 28 career starts have been mostly at tackle, but he also has played guard.

Brock Bowers wasn’t mentioned by name during Jets General Manager Joe Douglas’ press conference on Friday, but it wasn’t hard to read between the lines.

Mock drafts have frequently had the former Georgia star going to the Jets with the 10th overall pick and he recently visited with the team. During the press conference, Douglas was discussing the different types of offensive playmakers that are in this year’s class and said that there’s a tight end “that’s a Swiss-army knife” in addition to a number of talented wideouts.

Bowers is the only player who fits that description and Douglas fielded a follow-up about whether he would take a tight end at No. 10.

“If that tight end can turn into someone that’s something like Kansas City, San Francisco — or what Sam Laporta did last year in Detroit, those are real dynamic weapons for your offense,” Douglas said. “Guys that put a lot of stress on the defense because they create mismatches. It’s hard to put a linebacker on one of those guys. If you put a DB on one of them, it creates a size mismatch. If you put a safety on one of them, he better be able to run and play man coverage. So I think the right type of tight end could be a real weapon.”

The answer does little to suggest Bowers won’t be under consideration if he’s available when the Jets are picking and that could mean there will be a shiny new target for Aaron Rodgers to use come the fall.